Wow! Tonight for dinner I had 5 oz. of fresh fingerling potatoes with the skins on. They were delightful! Far superior in flavor even than the new red potatoes I usually go for. I rinsed them off, then placed them in a glass bowl so they were standing upright.. like they were giving processed foods the finger.... and microwaved them for just under five minuets till they were fork tender. I cut them up and put one tablespoon of unsalted butter on them, but next time Im going to cut that down to one teaspoon. I think that they are far healthier than russets.. but Id need some facts and figures to back me up on that. I do recall seeing them featured on an episode of Healthy Gormet and they seemed to be highly impressed with these flavor packed guys. And flavor aside.. they are really rich looking! Some are yellow, some are dark purple, others redish in color. They are shaped like crooked fingers.. thus the name I suppose. I encourage you to look them up.. taste them... and write me back.
Today I weighed in and logged a 3 pound loss. I feel wonderful! And Im thinking... its easy to feel good about being on a diet when you see the pounds going away, but how can I keep up this good feeling when I hit a plateau? I have always encountered a period when my weight loss stops for a while. I have so much poundage to lose that I really need to see the pounds continue to drop. sighs... well for now all I can say is Im committed to this program. And Im committed to working on my home made fast foods. That project is going so well! The jars of goodness (as I like to call them) give me the portion control I need to adhere to and also... I know whats going into my body. I know since I made these meals, that they will contain the least amount of salt and the most whole grains and veggies I can muster up mister... sister.... Today Im off to the store to purchase more of the 4 oz size so I can make a bunch of whole grain muffins and perhaps low fat desserts as well. This time the muffins will go on the shelf. The process of putting on the lids right as they come out of the oven will cause them to seal and stay fresh. Im hoping! I will keep an eye on the jars over time and if I see the seal is no longer sucked down, then Ill not eat the muffins and go back to freezing them instead. My husband likes to take the jars for lunch out the night before to pack for his lunch, so that they will microwave quicker. He asked if I could store the muffins and breads on the shelf for convincingness. Ill let you know how that works out for us. In the meantime Im going to congratulate myself on a job well done with the 3 pound loss. And hope that when the time comes where I dont lose a pound despite doing everything right, I will remember to step up my exercise and continue to move forward.
Well I have to say it was a rocky start. I have been weighing myself daily again and I had gained 3 pounds before the end of the week where I lost those three and another. So good news is I lost one pound. (and actually I feel like I did lose 4 but the other bastards dont count)
Im faithfully entering my food into the tracker and thats been very useful although difficult at times. I guess Im going to have to admit that salt is an enemy of mine. All these years of my doctor telling I needed to cut back on my salt intake did not make a difference to me. Hell.. I hardly add any salt to my foods so what did he know? (maybe the high blood pressure gave him a hint...)One week on the food tracker of this site and already Im on board with this lower sodium intake thing. Damned stuff is in every single packaged food out there. The only stuff devoid of salt is on the fresh foods shelves of the grocery store. So I have worked hard at getting as many fresh veggies and fruits as I can muster mister. But then comes the task of turning these lovelies into meals that my husband will enjoy as much as I. He loves everything I have prepared so far. Well... except for the lentil mush I tried to pass off as bean dip. But hes such a dear.... all he said was "interesting....honey WHAT EXACTLY is in this?"
Im married... duh... I had a nice carreer in the electronics industry for many years, and then turned my hobby of cake decorating into a home based business for 10 years. But years of hunkering over cakes in the same position long into the wee hours of the night left their toll on my back and I had to give that up. I went back into the electronics field when we moved from CA to OH. I had one great company I worked for 5 years at. But after that company moved I drifted from one miserable job to the next until I finally gave up and retired. Im only 54 years old, but I decided that I would rather spend my time running the household than hassling with company politics.
The side product of this retirement plan was that I started to sit around on my ass all day and play on the computer. It kept my brain engaged while my ass just grew larger and larger. So I started searching for activities that would get me out of the house, into the fresh air and on the road to better health. I took up biking. I actually love biking. There is a lovely trail very near to where I live and I go for daily rides in good weather. But sadly... when I set foot outside in cold weather my back throws a fit and leaves me in pain the rest of the day.
On the top of my wish list is a Wii with the fitness programs... but for now Im just struggling... Spring is a long way off here in Ohio. So I simply must do something. Ive started getting up and dancing wildly around the room. I dont log that into my fitness tracker because that would look silly! But its a start! So on with week 2....
I am not doing very well with my entries. Im not doing very well with staying on track. I gained 2 pounds since starting and I have no one to blame but myself... damn it! I am please to report that I think this logging in all the food I eat thing is showing me some fatal flaws in my eating habits. I have been eating what I thought were healthy foods. Whole grain pasta on occasions, lots of veggies have made it to the party, and fruits are among my favorite foods. But when I examine my choices more closely, which is what happens when you log your food into your food tracker, the results are bad. I think its ok to eat an avacodo. Its healthy fat. It has lots of nutrition ... right? But if you eat an avacodo as a snack, then later on you nibble on about a cup of whole walnuts.... well thats just too much of a good thing. Also, lately it looks like Im not getting enough protien. Well hell.. if I had it my way Id have steak every day! Problem with that is I only like porterhouse! Anyways.... didnt mean to write a book. Im starting from square one. But I wont give up@