Well I try not to get discouraged, but I take weeks to lose 5 pounds, then a couple of social occasions and I am up 4 pounds, then I take a week to knock them off again and a weekend of social gatherings and up 4 pounds!
SO NET 1 pound lost since I started! Sigh!
AND bear in mind that it is only one meal a day that is not on Plan, the rest are!
Getting my water in daily has become a habit, one good thing at least!
So I admit it, I am discouraged!
I read about others who went off plan and gained 0.2! What?
I gain a pound per day! NO FAIR!
I am sooo reactive to wheat and rye and many other things that if I don't stick to The Plan STRICTLY I gain, just by default!
So what did I do to gain 4 pounds:
Friday I was too busy to eat properly, had to clean my house and prepare guest room for my MIL who came to stay the weekend. So dinner was fresh pasta and sauce, I didn't have any , I had salad!
Sat breakfast was good, but lunch was a Lavender and Lace Tea Party and it was so much fun! They served little sandwiches and gazpacho ( delicious)
And they had made the place so pretty! ( see previous blog for one pic)
Here I am with my MIL and SIL at the tea party!
Isn't that lovely?
Here are some more pics, but they may be sideways?
Then yesterday we went to a surprise 40th birthday party and I had steak and it was super soft and delicious! They had those pastries that are made with Phyllo pastry and spinach! Oh so good!
I took a dessert, made a sort of and adaptation of a protuguese thing with Maria cookies dipped in coffee and then with whipped cream and cherries. ( the cherries were added by me)
This morning my DH tells me we have to talk about $$$ Apparently I am spending too much on groceries! So tell me, how much do you spend on groceries a week?
We are a family of 4! How much do you think is reasonable, that included hot lunches for the kids at school, lunches for DH at work, coffee, toiletries and cleaning and household stuff.
So...I am planning out this week's menu and he better not complain that the food is boring, he can have CHEAP or INTERESTING and HEALTHY with variety , or he can have repetitive and cheap, but he can't have both.
let me know what you think is a reasonable amount for a week for a family of 4 including all of the above mentioned! Included entertainment food, like grabbing a coffee on the run or occasional take out etc.
So although VERY frustrated, I am trying to find a solution for both scenarios! If I eat the cheap food, I will gain weight! Sigh! If I keep on with the veggies and salads and lean meats, nuts and seeds, the grocery bill goes up! So I feel like I am trapped in the middle!
It is easy to come within the budget when you eat bread! Or any wheat or corn/pasta products! I can't eat that stuff without gaining a pound a day!
Urgh! AND dh wants me to find ANOTHER job ( I already have 2 paying ones, and one volunteer)
So I am all ears! ADVICE PLEASE!