Saturday, February 06, 2010
This morning, I hit the grocery store then returned home to start cookin' and cleanin'. I have started cooking at home more because it saves money and calories and I need to do both. Today, I made low-fat gumbo and a pizza casserole. Both of the recipes were from weight watchers. I am also going to make a macaroni, cheese and chicken casserole once I figure out how I'm going to store it.
I went a little haywire last night. I had purchased these weight watchers desserts and had way too many of them. I didn't exceed my calorie count for the day, but its never a good idea to get a large chunk of your daily calories from your desserts. I immediately identified two causes: 1) I hadn't eaten much during the day, which was a mistake; 2) I'm PMSing and I always crave sweets. I immediately forgave myself and got back on track this morning, so all's well.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
This morning I was sweatin' to my DVD workout. As my teen-aged daughter walked by, I turned to her and said,
"I'm tired of this."
"Tired of what?" she asked me.
"Tired of workin' so hard to lose weight only to gain it back," I said.
"Then this time when you lose it, work hard to make sure you don't gain it back." she said.
It's so hard to stay patient sometimes. Everyday, when I look in the mirror, I'm reminded of the work I need to do and it can feel frustrating. To stay on track mentally, I need to shift my focus away from my ultimate goal of 155 and set some smaller goals. Here are some milestones I plan to observe during this journey.
198--10 lbs gone and a pedicure
188--20 lbs gone and a new size 14 outfit
178--30 lbs gone and a massage at a day spa
168--40 lbs gone and a new size 12 outfit
155--Goal--a new size 12 outfit AND a trip to a day spa
198--Here I come!!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
This morning, I put on my blue collared blouse--the one I wear under my blazers when I go to work. It was about mid-morning when I realized something: I didn't need a safety pin. Ordinarily when I wear the blouse, I have to use a safety pin to prevent it from gapping because I'm kinda busty. Today, no safety pin.
It's such a subtle change, but one that I am totally happy with. I will be even happier when I drop a dress size, but that will take a while.
Monday, February 01, 2010
I had an epiphany today while eating lunch. Trying to lose weight is like saving money. Anytime you read an article about saving money, the first thing they do is to advise you not to make draconian budget cuts, but to modify your spending and build on what you are doing right.
I had a few decent eating habits before joining Sparkpeople; I eat slowly, I rarely eat late at night, I almost never binge eat and I don't skip breakfast.
Now, I'm building on my good habits by shifting my food choices. Center-cut bacon instead of regular. Special K cereal instead of Oatmeal Crisp. Bring my lunch from home instead of dining out whenever I can. Adjust my food choices in restaurants, for example; leaving my salad dressing on the side; selecting chicken instead of beef; choosing a vegetarian meal; splitting dessert with a friend.
The key for me is to remain CONSISTENT and to stay satisfied with the food I do eat. Hopefully, I can remain patient and continue to make sustainable changes.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
This weekend, I continued my efforts to find delicious, satisfying low fat recipes. Last week, I made a tuna casserole recipe I found on prevention.com. It was cheap, easy to prepare and really good.
This week, I made a low fat seafood chowder, garlic mashed potatoes, wild rice with veggies, and glazed carrots. The chowder is decent and satisfying, but I'm not sure if it will be a staple on my menu. The glazed carrots taste interesting. The jury's still out, but I'm giving them a chance. The mashed potatoes were delicious and I even added some to the chowder recipe. The mashed potato recipe substituted non-fat evaporated milk for the traditional butter and cream and it worked.
I also made this Parmesan chicken recipe I got from my stint with Weight Watchers many years ago. It was one of my favorites and I was ecstatic when I dug up an entire recipe box of WW recipes that I had stored and forgotten about.
Up next are low-fat lemon bars. With my sweet tooth, I need to find some satisfying alternatives to the stuff I'm used to consuming. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe and hopeful I'll eventually find 3-4 dessert recipes that I can add to my menu.
I'm a reluctant cook, but I've found that I can work wonders with a good recipe. I usually find myself putting my own twist on them, according to my tastes. For example some recipes are blandly seasoned, so I doctor them up with different spices to liven them up. I'm also finding that I'm saving LOTS of money and calories by cooking ahead and taking these meals to work for lunch.
There's nothing like the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are doing what you need to do to improve your health AND your finances.
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