Day Thirty-Six & Counting Calories

Monday, January 30, 2012

Good Morning Everyone!

I had a great weigh-in this week. After putting on some pounds last week, I fought back hard and came in with a 13 lb. weight loss. And I did surpass my first goal of 320 lbs. weighing in at 315.4 lbs.

I did not under eat, and as a matter of fact, one day I actually went over 100 calories on my calorie count this week. But I have to tell you, I really did come to understand that stress can cause your weight loss to stall.

I am so glad I read the article about stress and weight loss here on SP, because I experienced it first hand. Now that I understand that stress can be detrimental to weight loss, I am no longer concerning myself with my weight goals. I know that I will reach them one by one. By putting pressure on myself to reach that 320 goal, it caused me to stall. Then being stressed, I binged a couple of days and not only did I not reach my goal last week, but I gained weight on top of that.

So a lesson learned and have now applied it this past week. The results is another wonderful weight loss this week. My current total weight loss is 26 lbs. Next goal 310 lbs. then that 300 lb. goal. I have not seen that goal for quite a while, so to find myself under 300 lbs. will be quite a sweet victory.

As I learn more about myself during this weight loss course, I am also learning lifestyle changes that help me along the way. One of them being that all my life when I ate oatmeal I had to have butter in it. The butter served to make my oatmeal less gummy and it always gave a shinny gloss that I enjoyed. I really hate that dull look of oatmeal which I always associate with a cloying feel in my mouth. And since presentation of food is so important to our enjoying it, I decided that I would always add the pat of butter.

That is until one day when I decided to warm my walnuts with my oatmeal while cooking it, instead of sprinkling it on top after it was finished. What I found, and should have known all along, is that when I cooked the walnuts with my oatmeal, it drew out the oil of the nuts giving my oatmeal a looser feel as well as it gave me that shinny effect that I like so well.

So this is now my new norm of eating oatmeal. It eliminates the calories of the butter that I really didn't need. It is a really great trick.

Something else I did yesterday. I usually have my largest meal at lunch, so for my evening meal I sometimes have to cut back on calories to stay within my caloric count. Last night was one of those nights.

I usually have Tilapia several nights a week, because it is so low in calories, yet it is so satisfying to eat. I usually fix it with Parmesan cheese with a lemon juice-butter mixture. But as I said, I am trying to cut back on my butter and fat intake. But last night I didn't have that many calories to work with. So for the first time in my life, I poached my fish.

I made a bed of onion slices, celery and garlic, and covered it with chicken broth. Then once it came to a boil, I added my Tilapia, and then turned it down to simmer. It was so absolutely yummy, that I ended up eating the veggies and drank the broth. I loved it so much that I am now planning to incorporate that into my menu quite frequently.

So Sparkers, that is what is happening in my part of the world. What is happening in yours? I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace & Love,
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