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An even 5lbs lost in 8 days.... oh yeah, baby!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Down another 0.2 lbs this morning.....every little bit counts. It probably would've been more, but I veered off the plan just a tiny bit. Not because I was hungry or unsatisfied, but because the hardest part of any diet for me is (1) figuring out how to stay the course while not worrying The Sweetie that I'm not eating enough or not eating right, and (2) making a delicious dinner for The Sweetie to eat, but then me not eating any of it, which unduly concerns said Sweetie. ;-D

But, even with a tiny bit of a veer, my totals for the day are right on target!! Still low fat and low sodium! That's because I was able to hold myself to just one HALF cup of mac 'n cheese! I've NEVER done that before in my entire LIFE!

This diet has me feeling so full and's truly amazing! I'm just not hungry. In fact, yesterday I so totally forgot to eat that I went too long and was shaking so hard by the time dinner was ready that I could barely bring food to my mouth. Ooops!

And physically, I am feeling better every day. In fact, my doc may need to lower my b.p. meds today because I am dizzy at night, and that only happens when my b.p. is going very low. Hypertension is one of the health issues this diet was developed to address, and address it it surely does.

I'm still having very disturbed sleep because of the other dog being sick at night and needing to go outside in the middle of the night. Oy! did they have a stomach bug that they swapped, or something? Oh for a solid night's sleep with no interruptions!

Thursday's food:
brown rice, chobani peach yogurt, sliced peaches, mac 'n cheese, baked haddock, steamed cauliflower

I think the biggest challenge for me is going to figure out how to eat out a time or two over the weekend. I'm not sure how I'm going to do that at certain restaurants we frequent. Most restaurants will be okay. I can keep to a salad with low fat dressing or a baked potato or rice. The sodium will be higher than what I fix for myself, but just for one or two meals that will be okay. But there are some restaurants that have neither of these options.

For example, we need to make a trip to Costco, and our tradition is to eat at Costco before we do our shopping there. Costco doesn't have a big menu. Their claim to fame are their HUGE slices of pizza for $1.99 each, and one slice is all a person can eat. They don't skimp on the cheese, let me tell you! Now the weird thing is, this was one of my favorite things to do...I mean, dinner out for the 2 of us for $5? Yep, 2 slices of pizza and one diet soda to share, less than $5 at Costco! But now thinking about it, that overloaded-with-cheese slice of pizza isn't even appetizing to me! Me! Pizza Queen!

Their menu is very limited, and varies a little from region to region. You might THINK that the Chicken Caesar Salad option would be the best option, BUT, think again! It's actually very high fat, high sodium. I could get the hotdog and eat HALF of it, but it's very high fat and high sodium as well. There is this to consider, though: I can easily make the salad heathier by ditching the dressing, croutons, and cheese. There’s nothing I can do to make the hot dog heathier, except limit it to a few bites. I normally ditch croutons and cheese on salads anyway, and use miniscule amounts of dressing. So, maybe salad it is. I don't think they have the turkey wraps any longer. Perhaps I should look up their nutritional values, just in case...... HOLY COW! Just so you know, 1 slice of cheese pizza has 700 calories, 28g fat, 70g carbs, 3g fiber, 44g protein, and 1370mg sodium, while the turkey wrap has 810 calories, 38g fat, 65g carbs, 7g fiber, 56g protein, and 2570mg sodium!!!!!! The cheese pizza actually has fewer calories, less fat, and half the sodium than the wrap does!!! WOW!

Here's a quick overview of a few of their items:

I'm trying to think ahead of the possible dining out choices we might make this weekend..... it's a challenge, but I'm determined to make it work! Shoot, at a 5lb loss in one week, it's WORTH making it work!!!!

Have an excellent day! Onward and Downward!
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    Congrats on your loss! :-) ..and thanks for the eyeopening information on Costco food options. I don't eat out much (or at Costco) because I know the fat and sodium contents of food is higher, but I had no idea Costco's menu options were so high in both. I'll also pay closer attention to the labels in the store from now on since what they have on the menu, they also have on the shelf. Again, thanks and congrats, you're doing fantastic!
    2434 days ago
  • DLG0505
    It gets tough making food decisions when eating out but you're putting thought into it and that's always a good thing!

    Congratulations on losing the 5 lbs - that's so awesome!!!

    Keep going - you CAN and WILL do this!
    2435 days ago
    well done. I also now check out the calories when I can. emoticon
    2436 days ago
    Great job, Knit, scoping out the nutritional value of the items on COSTCO's menu. I am amazed that the turkey wrap is the highest in calories. WOW!

    Losing 5# is FANTASTIC! Now, aren't you glad I "made" you do the challenges? LOL

    Keep up the GREAT work, Knit!
    2436 days ago
    Fantastic loss, hope you enjoy your trip to Costco. Our son has a card and we have been twice!
    2436 days ago
    Keep up the great work, Knit, you are doing AWESOME! Smart move, checking the menu ahead of time, it's rather sobering, isn't it? Every now and again they'll have excerpts from that 'Eat this, don't eat that' book on the yahoo home page and they'll spotlight certain menu items that people think are healthy, only to discover they are anything BUT. you have to be informed, it's the only way to be aware of what you're getting before you get there. Hope you and your honey have a great weekend and keep up those healthy choices! CONGRATS on the 5# gone!!
    2436 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    Congrats on losing 5 lbs in one week!
    2436 days ago
    Dining out is definitely a challenge, but I know emoticon
    emoticon on your 1/2 cup of mac & cheese and feeling better every day!
    2436 days ago
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