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Back to Pre-Holiday Weight

Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's the end of January, and I already lost my holiday weight. I gained about 5ish pounds over the holidays. Eating pies, cookies, and bread has that effect - it's not rocket science! So to lose the weight, all I did was stop eating pies, cookies and bread. I know it works for me because I can do it over and over again.

I've been busy with my college classes, so I don't have a ton of time to monitor what I'm eating. I simply avoid the things I know will make me gain weight - grains and sugar. I eat some starches in moderation. I started eating quinoa as I discovered that it isn't a grain in the family of wheat or rye, and thus I can eat it without the side effects of grains. I eat a sweet potato, 1/2 cup of quinoa or rice a couple of times a week.

Even though I have a busy schedule, I still prepare food myself. When writing papers and studying for exams, I don't have time to make elaborate meals. Fortunately, I've built up a recipe repertoire of fast cooking foods over the years. I prepare meals when I have time, so I'm not scrambling or skipping meals when I don't.

I have to be out the door by 7:15am every morning, so I can't make a breakfast in the morning. However, I can make it the night before. My favorite breakfast lately is a pastry-less quiche. It sounds fancy, but it's super quick - 5 minutes to pulse ingredients in a food processor; 30 minutes to bake. In the morning, I just cut a piece and microwave for 30 seconds. Eat standing up with a fork, grab coffee in a thermos, and I'm out the door. My other favorite "fast food" breakfast is plain yogurt and blueberries. I'm full until lunch, and I never have a mid morning energy crash with these breakfasts.

Same with my lunches and dinners. I prepare everything the night before. For lunch, it's throw lettuce in a bowl, top with chopped ham and egg, and eat. Dinner is slightly different. I've either prepared dinner to slow cook all day, or I've chopped all ingredients, ready to cook. Just throw chicken in a pan, add veggies and a sauce - voila! I have stir-fry dinner ready faster than it would take Chinese delivery to arrive.

The results of planning ahead are this:

- Nutritious meals and a breakfast in the morning improves concentration. More time to study, so I'm not scrambling. I currently have A's in my classes.
- Even though I'm busy with school work, I have a few hours to spend quality time with husband and cats.
- More time to prepare for other events going on in our life (more on this later).
- I'm relaxed, not stressed.
- I'm not heading for fast food because I don't have anything to eat.

And I already achieved New Year's goal of losing holiday weight. It doesn't have to take all year.

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    You really do rock when it comes to meal planning and preparation. I swear you have what it takes to be a good chef!!!! Good for you on getting back to your pre holiday weight. I love that you could indulge over the holidays and then shut the door again when they were over!

    I hope that you like going to school. I would be interested to hear your experiences there. It is good to see you back!
    1962 days ago
    I did the same thing, lost the gain for the most part from the unusual lust for sugar this season. I hate to blame things on that word "stress", but I think this year it was the reason. How stupid to give in to that, when you can gain weight so easily, and have to work 5 times as hard to lose it...I did learn that if you flat out eliminate the behavior from the normal routine.... its not that hard and doesnt take that long. Good blog! Thanks ***SNOW***
    1962 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/2/2013 12:41:31 AM
  • KELPIE57
    As you say, once you work out what works for you, then just do it! emoticon
    1963 days ago
    Planning ahead is great, it's been working really well for me too! I've been batch cooking on the weekend, and having those for lunches during the week.
    1963 days ago
    Well done with the meal planning.
    1963 days ago
    Very cool! I had the same holiday gain (well, I gained 9 lbs actually, 6 of which are gone)

    Pre-planning, preparation, and a good routine is key! Improvising is dangerous and costly. I've also become a big fan of cottage cheese mixed with blueberries.....and blueberries with fresh pecans!
    1963 days ago
    Your preparations are one of the best things I have heard lately. emoticon emoticon
    1964 days ago
    You rock!
    1964 days ago
    Life happens. Today is a new day!!! emoticon
    1964 days ago
    Great to see you ! Do you like your classes ? Are you settled into the grind ? How about those late night study pizza parties ? LOL !!

    I'm glad you're not stressed out over school work or anything else. I've said this before,"I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If people could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline".

    Things are status quo with me. Did my two week temp stint with the university. that was great. Now it's back to the job boards. Waiting to hear back on the possibility of an interview. The client is taking their time.

    Anyway... glad things are working out so well for you !!


    1964 days ago
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