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100 lbs. In 300 Days - Day Thirty-seven

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 37...

Yesterday wasn't too bad. More busy, busy type of stuff, but I think it's going to be that way for a while. That's okay though. I'm grateful for all the blessings in my life. That's important to keep in mind for all people, whether they are trying to lose weight or not.

Yesterday's food - I had half of a banana and a cup of milk for breakfast. Some mixed fruit, cottage cheese and an oat muffin for lunch. (That was actually pretty filling.) And for supper I had pork tenderloin (about two ounces) roasted acorn squash mashed with roasted garlic and topped with sauteed apples and leeks, and some lima beans. That was a pretty good supper. For a snack, I had a chocolate chip cookie and some low fat milk. (That was DELICIOUS.) There truly is room for wonderful, indulgent snacks like that if you plan properly. Something I've also noticed is this: Do NOT multi-task when it comes to food. It's important to pay attention to what you are eating. Even if you have pre-measured. Take time to give thanks for the food. I always acknowledge my gratitude not only for the nourishment, but also for my wonderful husband who earns the money for the food we eat. I'm so grateful for him and his unselfish kindness toward our family.

Next, pay attention to the way your food tastes. I was in the habit of buying these sweet potato chips. Then, one day I sat down and chewed them really well. I paid attention to the texture and the taste of the chips and found out that I didn't really care for them. They were okay if I slathered them with barbecue sauce, but that really wasn't conducive to losing weight, so I quit buying them. In keeping with this line of reasoning, if you have worked in a snack, ENJOY IT. Pay attention to the way that piece of chocolate or that cookie tastes. Take smaller bites and savor the taste of it on your tongue. Chew it carefully.

And while I'm singing the praises of enjoying your food, I'll mention this. Buy/make good food. There is no sense in eating crap-o food. I was crazy about the pork tenderloin I made last night. Some people would say that's an expensive cut of meat, but it really isn't. I got mine from a pretty high end store, so your price may be lower, but I paid $6.99/lb. for it. Now before you say that's awful, consider this: There is no bone and there isn't any fat to trim from it. So it was still nearly a pound when I was done cooking it. I served four people and everyone ate as much as they wanted. That's roughly $1.75 per person. The squash mash I made cost about seventy five cents per serving and the lima beans were (fancy ones) probably forty cents per serving. So total that meal cost $2.90 per person. You can't spend that little at McDonald's for a full meal and you definitely can't get food that good.

So, I'll step off of my soapbox for now and wish you all a Happy Halloween!

Peace and Blessings to all,
Lisa

This is me dressed up for Halloween a few years ago. It's hard to see, but I was a deviled egg. There is a yolk on the front of my shirt. I had just crossed the finish line of the WEBN Run Like Hell 5K. (I actually walked like Hell, but the point is I did it!) I was so happy. My goal is to be healthy enough to do this in Halloween of 2013. Wish me luck!
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KENDRASTIC 10/31/2012 10:31PM

    I am surprised how much I enjoy my veggies now that I actually take the time to prepare and enjoy a meal. It is a blessing.

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KATIEEMMA5 10/31/2012 8:36PM

    Well done you !!!

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POLANDSPRING 10/31/2012 5:48PM

    Eating great food is really important! We don't have much money, but quality food is a priority that we strive to deliver on as consistently as possible. Good luck and keep up the good work! I love your 300 day challenge! Very inspirational!

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