Saturday, September 15, 2007

Update (260!) and What I Eat

What a wonderful update I have! This morning I weighed in at 260!!!!!! I am thrilled. That is 18 pounds gone, 5 of those in September, and only 3 pounds to my first mini goal weight. Woohoo! My daily weigh-ins allow me to see a pattern to my weight. I tend to lose several pounds in the first half of my "monthly" cycle (yeah guys, I mean that "female" thing). Then during the second half, I maintain for a long stretch... a week or even 2 weeks. In the past, the scale has driven me NUTS because when you are eating healthy, doing everything right, and getting on the scale day after day only to see the SAME number, it can mess with your head. I would say "the heck with it, I could have eaten Big Macs and still maintained!" So I would go eat Big Macs... but I didn't maintain. I gained back a ton of weight. Every time. This time is different. I am not living for the scale. I am doing what is GOOD for me, and developing self control and patience. And I know that when I have a stretch of non-losing, that is OK. Keep plugging along. As I said before, you cannot quit if you want to succeed.

Now. People want to know what I am eating. It's only natural when you see someone losing weight to wonder what their menus look like. I am not exercising, because my knees are wrecked. I do walk a bit when I can, but I am talking 2 or 3 blocks tops. So all of my weight loss is from diet. I am still not counting calories, or measuring, but I do eyeball my servings and only eat until my body says STOP. I make healthier choices overall, but I thoroughly enjoy my food. So, with that in mind, a few sample menus:

Breakfast: 1 slice leftover thin crust Hawaiian pizza, few bites of cantaloupe, iced green tea with a bit of sugar.
Snack: grapes, berries, bit of apple
Lunch: I was at baseball with my son all day, so we ate McDonald's: 4 chicken nuggets, 1/2 package of Apple Slices with Caramel dip, and a medium Hazelnut Iced Coffee.
Snack: Sweet N Salty Chocolate Almond granola bar, iced green tea
Dinner: 1/2 of a Roasted Cornish Game Hen (with rosemary and garlic), a scoop of mashed potatoes made with skim milk and a bit of butter, pan juices for gravy, small scoop of wilted beet greens with bacon pieces, and fresh Lima beans cooked with ham and onions.

Breakfast: smoothie made from fat free vanilla yogurt, mango juice, blueberries, and ice.
Snacks: 1/4 of a cherry pie Larabar, a cup of cream of chicken soup, a few blackberries
Lunch: 1.5 cups or so of leftover cornbread stuffing, chicken breast, and yellow squash. Few bites of cantaloupe.
Dinner: 3 slices of thin crust Hawaiian pizza, and some iced green tea.

Breakfast: Either a smoothie or a scrambled egg and a slice of whole wheat toast and some cantaloupe.
Snacks: peaches, nut bar
Lunch: leftover Lima beans with ham and onion, an ear of fresh yellow sweet corn with a little butter and salt, iced green tea.
Dinner: Baked freshwater bass with onion, maybe a baked sweet potato with a little butter and cinnamon, and steamed fresh beets, and probably a green veggie as well.

See? Not so bad, not boring, tasty enough. I do drink a lot of water, too.
Sometimes for breakfast I have one bowl of cereal with skim milk and berries. Or, I might have a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a whole pink grapefruit. Yummy.
Lunch is sometimes a turkey BLT on wheat, with lite mayo. Or, maybe a Lean Cuisine Panini and some carrots.
Snacks are usually fruit or nuts. Sometimes I have baked pita chips and hummus, or baby carrots and hummus.
Dinner is whatever a pack of kids and a husband might like. I make family favorites I have always made: beef stroganoff, tacos, spaghetti and meatballs, sloppy joes... but I make them with ground turkey. I always have veggies as sides. I also make fish once or twice a week (the kids like salmon) and I also make meatless meals every week, like lentil tacos or pasta or veg chili and cornbread. I make chicken breast once a week too, in enchiladas or baked or oven fried. All the stuff I make is healthy and yummy. I even make dessert sometimes (fresh fruit crisps, homemade light ice cream, lowfat cake). Tomorrow I am making a full fat, normal Dutch Apple Pie from the apples I got at the Farmer's Market. Hey, you gotta live sometime. I will only have one piece.

So... tweak the foods you love to be healthier, eat what you enjoy that is good for you, and watch your portions. Losing weight does not have to be miserable!


Teale said...

Great job on the loss!!! I also tweak the foods I've always cooked to be healthier... or, instead of eating ridiculous amounts of it, I eat an actual portion. My concept of portions used to be so distorted from eating out a lot... and now that I actually know what a portion looks like, it makes things a lot easier!

Karen (aka Deadbudgee) said...

You are just AMAZING!!! Is there any question why you are my hero???