Friday, February 8, 2008

Update (244) and Enjoying Food

I am down 4 pounds since the 1st! I feel unbelievably good... so much thinner and better, more energy and healthier. And instead of wasting my days wandering through the kitchen, opening every cabinet and munching whatever happens to fall out, I am actually enjoying my food. Every time I get back on target, I wonder why I stayed off for so long. What was it about a greasy cheeseburger and artery-clogging fries and a sugary Coke that called to me so temptingly? Why was I choosing to eat "blah" foods that have no depth, like a Little Debbie cake? There is NOTHING interesting about those foods. They taste the same every time you eat them, and there are no layers to the flavors. Yuck! How boring! If you're gonna get fat, at least eat something delicious! Don't waste your binges on crap foods. Go out to a gourmet bakery and eat one of every expertly made, fresh pastry. But I digress... we are not trying to get fatter here, but thinner. So scratch that idea about the bakery. But you get my point, right? Don't waste your calories. Whether you are eating healthy or not, eat interesting, delicious foods. Of course, EVERYTHING we eat can't be gourmet. There is something to be said for convenience (or cost). But given the choice, make it a yummy one.

So what have I been eating to lose this weight over the last week? Well, for breakfast I enjoy things like:
healthy sweet potato pancakes (from Walmart), topped with warmed peaches and cinnamon and a little light whipped cream; or
a big bowl of thick, creamy steel-cut oatmeal with chunks of apples cooked in, or maybe some sliced bananas and walnuts stirred in, and cinnamon; or
a whole grain english muffin sandwich made with Egg Beaters, a light sausage patty, and a 2% Kraft American Single cheese slice.
I usually have a nice hot cup of tea with my breakfast. My favorites are Chai tea, Vanilla Apple White tea, or Blueberry Green tea. I sweeten my tea with a teaspoon of honey.

For lunch I have been enjoying foods such as:
a Lean Cuisine chicken and mushroom panini with a side of green beans roasted in olive oil with salt and pepper; or
an apple and gouda chicken sausage, grilled, with a side of roasted Red Garnet yams; or
a big bowl of Italian Wedding soup with meatballs and spinach, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with 40-calorie wheat bread and Kraft 2% singles, cooked in a pan sprayed with cooking spray; or
a turkey BLT made with 40-calorie wheat toast, light mayo, romaine, sliced tomatoes, deli turkey, and 2 sliced of crisp, drained bacon, with a side of baby carrots and hummus.

Ah... not boring at all! What about dinners? This week I have eaten:
baked whole grain rotini with homemade tomato sauce with garlic, onions, mushrooms, ground turkey, and pepperoni, topped with lowfat mozzerella, asiago, romano and parmesan cheeses, with a side of steamed zucchini, yellow squash, and red onions (frozen Bird's Eye veggie mix); or
herbed roasted pork tenderloin with lowfat mashed potatoes, pan drippings gravy, sauteed green beans with almonds, and julienned steamed baby carrots; or
Sweet and sour pork made from leftover pork tenderloin, pineapple, red and green peppers, and sweet onions over brown rice.
Right now I have my lovely Magic Chicken Soup simmering on the stove for dinner, and it smells divine!!

I do NOT spend all day cooking! Most of these foods were thrown together quickly and not as complicated as they sound. If you don't know how to cook, try checking out a few easy cook books from your local library, and try some new dishes. It is really worthwhile knowing how to cook! Remember, I have five kids. I am not exactly sitting around with a lot of free time on my hands here. You can do it!

For snacks, I really like to have fresh fruit, but in wintertime that is harder for me. So I have been eating things like Yoplait 100-calorie light yogurts, Fiber One yogurts (oh my gosh, the key lime pie flavor is TO DIE FOR!!), Fiber One peanut butter bars, or Quaker Mini Delights mini rice cakes (drizzled with chocolate or peanut butter. AT 90 calories a pack, these are great with a cup of hot tea).

I am not perfect. I also had some other things this week, like 7 chocolate chunk cookies that one of my kids baked, and about 6 cheese nachos that another one of the kids made. When I have a sweet tooth after dinner, I have a chocolate Nip candy (30 calories) or a cup of tea. I keep a mental tab of my daily calories, and I am averaging 1500 calories per day. I am also drinking about 10-14 cups of water every day, and riding my recumbent exercise bike for 10 minutes, 3 times a week. I am going to increase that to 12 minutes next week.

Now, go to and look up some easy, healthy, delicious recipes that you can make this week. Enjoy your food, and lose weight!


Lidian said...

I love those Fiber One bars too. Congrats on the 4 lbs!

Heather said...

wow congrats on your loss! that is so fantastic, and its so true what you wrote. you are eating well and still losing weight!

sybil said...

Good job on the weight loss! It feels so good when it 'clicks', doesn't it?

And you're right about the healthy food choices - they satisfy so much better. I've been fighting the munchies all day and trying to remind myself that this munchiness will pass - to just stay the course.

Hanlie said...

It's so good to hear from you again! Well done on the loss and on finding your zone again! You've done well in the past, and it looks like you're going strong again! That's all that counts...

I agree with you on treats. Always have the absolute best quality, and preferably most expensive, and even more preferably, furthest from your home snack. Don't waste your time with mass produced, arbitrary supermarket treats. You're special, so treat yourself to something really special. Once in a great while!

Good luck with February.

George said...

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You can do it. I think we can help.

Katschi said...

Eating well and deliciously CAN BE DONE!
I've done the same as you...gone along really well, eating healthy and enjoying my food and then I've gotten a whiff of a fast food burger, eaten it and dozens more unhealthy and not tasty foods and totally gone off my health plan. I'm trying to figure out why this happens.
4 lbs since the beginning of the month is great.
I love your before pics. I can't wait to see your progress.

Ruthie said...

Sounds like you are doing great! Keep up the good work!