I'm glad you're a posting hog cause I really enjoyed reading your message and agree with it. Since I joined SP, I am very aware of everything that goes into my mouth and have cut down on my diet soda to 1 or less a day and try to drink more water. Keep sharing cause it helps.
current weight: 179.0
Fitness Minutes: (17,891) Posts: 292 2/18/11 12:49 P
Sorry to be a posting-hog, but I posted this on another thread, and I felt like it really belonged here:
I've found something interesting about my journey here as regards cooking...I've been trying to eat all "real foods" (rather than like low-cal stuff) to see if I could actually lose weight like that, and you know, it's kind of working! I mean, I still use some "diet-y" things; I have a reduced-fat cheese I love (Trader Joe's reduced-fat Celtic Cheddar -- it actually MELTS!), reduced-fat mayo (that stuff made with olive oil -- it's really good), and cooking spray, but mostly real foods -- meats, veggies, whole-grain breads, other whole grains, olive oil and even a little butter!
It's like, I've been dieting for so long (let's call a spade a spade, what I've been doing was dieting, not following a healthy lifestyle) where I was always looking for the lowest-point, lowest-calorie foods and eating "diet" this and "reduced-fat" that...it's like I'm a baby learning how to eat real foods in reasonable portions. But it's kind of cool, and I'm already seeing how I'll reap the benefits long-term. Like, I've been getting this fantastic bread from the farmer's market. Now, if I used Oroweat Sandwich Thins for my lunch with my Spinach Hummus I make, I could make a sandwich. But if I use the Farmer's Market bread, two slices of it is almost three ounces; three times as many calories! So, I bring a slice and a half, toast it, and spread the hummus on it open-face. What's huge about that for me is that I can see to the future where, once I've lost the weight I want to lose, I can just have the two pieces of bread. Like, maintaining my weight will be the same as losing my weight, I just get a bit more of the food I already eat!
I don't know, this feels like a revelation to me!
Moderation in all things...including moderation!
current weight: 213.2
Fitness Minutes: (17,891) Posts: 292 2/17/11 2:57 P
I SO agree with all of you -- it's SO fun to get new recipes "under my belt" (literally!) but when you add "healthy" and "delicious" to the mix it really is a great feeling of accomplishment. I've spent so many years relying on the crutch of "diet" and "substitute" foods that it is SUCH a wonderful surprise to cook REAL FOODS and still be healthy!!!
I love it too! the bacon wrapped asparagus is my favorite! I'm leaving for home today for a family emergency but I'm sharing the recipes I did try with my family this weekend! I hope we get to make some.
Hi, I just wanted to say that I agree with you about the enthusiasm! My DH has tried all of my recipes that I've made. He also is mmm-mmming. I'm so glad he likes them! I like hoe you can add them to you nutrition page.
I feel the same way I am losing slowly but for the first time I can continue to eat like this for the rest of my life ! and keep loosing ! I figure by next year I should have reached my goal. Losing a little over 60 pounds in a year vs. 60 in a few months. I'll take the slower way cause it works in the long run. Here's to a healthy us !!!
Pounds lost: 85.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 305 1/20/11 1:41 A
I have found quick learning recipes that are simple to make and simple to buy for. I'm driving my fiance nuts but after I cook these awesome meals I find here on the website, let's just say his "mmm-mmm" does all the talking! LOL I have never been this pumped to lose weight and I have enough to bring to lunch with me tomorrow. I can't believe it! This is just awesome!
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