Sunday, February 23, 2014
It's been a long hiatus, but I am back on Sparkpeople! This week my focus is getting in more vegetables and more protein. Here is my menu plan for this week:
Black eyed pea & green cabbage curry with mustard seed, cumin & yogurt
Leftover Thai eggplant zucchini curry
Harira (chickpea & lentil stew with onion, celery, tomatoes, turmeric, ginger & rice)
Leftover black eyed pea & green cabbage curry
Moroccan vegetable stew
Mystery meal = ???
Lemony Snicket (a mild chickpea curry with lemon juice, onion, garlic & part of a Shaan)
Leftover Moroccan vegetable stew
Leftover Lemony Snicket
Yum! This is making me hungry. Today was my last hurrah before I give up coffee and sugar. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Birthday to me. :) Today, I'm turning 32, "the year of the heart" (in Hebrew, "heart" is "Lev" and the numerical value of the letters that spell it, lamed and bet, equal 32).
May you all increase in love and strength this year, and celebrate many successes!
Friday, December 27, 2013
I'm combining Sparkpeople's Official Tame Your Sugar Addiction Challenge with an 8-week program to eliminate sugar that my wife found on a food blog.
So the first step is to monitor my current sugar intake to find out how many grams of sugar I'm currently consuming on a daily basis. With soda, my daily total is coming out way too high, but if I were to eliminate soda, the total would be under the "legal" limit (25g).
My current plan is eliminate soda and replace it with a small cup of coffee in the morning. I generally put two teaspoons of sugar in my coffee, so that's a mere 8g of sugar compared to a 12-oz Coke's 39g (!)
I'm excited about making the switch, especially because I have been waking up with a metallic taste in my mouth similar to the aftertaste of Coca-cola. Yuck!
Ideally, I would want to eliminate sugar and caffeine entirely to get off the wheel of sugar/caffeine cravings and bingeing. But somehow I can't seem to give up my morning beverage ritual. Especially in the winter, a warm cup of coffee in the morning is very soothing. I know I could switch to tea with a similar effect, but I've never been a huge fan of tea.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Here are my stats for my "20 pounds in 20 weeks" challenge:
Start weight: 176.6 pounds
Start date: Dec 26, 2013
Goal weight: 156.6 pounds
End date: May 15, 2014
The stakes: If I don't reach my goal on schedule, $200 goes to... to be announced.
The plan: I've set some mini-goals for the duration of the challenge: walk 20 minutes per day minimum, stay within my sugar/protein/fat/calorie ranges, and drink 8+ cups of water.
How I will stay accountable: For my weekly weigh-ins, I will take a photo of the number on the scale, and report any other progress I've made (inches lost, changes in mood/energy, etc).
And of course, I will log in daily to Sparkpeople and blog about the process.
My goal feels much more real now that I've divided the big picture (20 pounds) into manageable pieces (lose a pound/week). It's hard to believe that after having been overweight for so long, I could reach my goal in a matter of these next few months!
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