Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Update, and Thanksgiving Stuff

I managed to get in all my food yesterday, which is a good thing. I have lost my appetite since I got sick and some days I just can hardly fathom eating meat and vegetables. Yesterday I had a few thin slices of steak and some green beans for lunch, and then later in the evening I got the rest of my protein in by mixing a 6 ounce cup of Fage Greek yogurt with a Medifast pudding. That was pretty good and easy on the stomach. I think today I will try to have some eggs and/or canned tuna as my protein. I am still not feeling the vegetables, but lucky for me I froze some of that cabbage soup last week, so I will thaw one serving of that and enjoy it at lunchtime.

Well, it does seem like I have turned a corner with the sickness. I almost hate to say that in case it gets worse again (as it has before) but this morning is the first time I have not taken anything for the pain. It still hurts (face/sinus pressure) but it is tolerable. I have a high tolerance for pain. I am still tired but not so drop dead exhausted as I was, so I am going to do some much-needed laundry today while I continue to recuperate. I also need to clean and vacuum my bedroom but I am not sure I feel *that* well yet!

So what's for Thanksgiving dinner? I thought it would be interesting to go back and see what I've had over the past 5 years. Blogging is fun like that.

In 2007, my first Thanksgiving after starting this blog, I found ways to modify all my family's favorites, making them lower in fat and calories. I enjoyed all the usual fare, including mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, candied yams, stuffing and pie. Interestingly enough, I was also recovering from the flu so we had our Thanksgiving meal a day late.

In 2008, I was counting calories, but took Thanksgiving "off." I found I could not eat nearly as much as I used to. I made the same foods as I did in 2007.

In 2009, I made much of the same fare, but bought everything I could locally including a free range turkey and fresh local vegetables. I was counting calories and my average per day for November was about 1600, plus I was exercising very regularly.

In 2010, I was on Medifast and losing very successfully, so I made the same foods including a free range turkey but no yams or sweet potatoes. I stayed fairly low carb with a few indulgences.

In 2011, I made all the regular stuff plus a big salad and a lower carb green bean casserole. I was doing Medifast, but struggling going on and off plan. I tried to stay lower carb but wasn't terribly successful.

Here I am in 2012 and what am I going to do? I am going to simplify. I am too tired to make a dozen dishes. I am also not going to mess around with my Lean & Green meal this year thinking it will be fine and I will get right back on plan the next day. With pain as a driver, I am 100% committed and not going to screw things up. Therefore, since stuffing and yams (which are both super high carb) are my favorites, I'm not making them at all. The kids won't care. They are all about the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and rolls (and pies). So I'll do that for them as well as apple salad, but *my* plate is going to contain 3 ounces of turkey breast, 2.5 ounces of dark meat turkey, and 1.5 cups of green beans and mushrooms cooked together with seasonings. I have pumpkin spice coffee for dessert and if I want something more than that it will be in the form of a Medifast meal. Period. I cannot afford to screw around.

This morning I weigh 219 pounds and perhaps this will be the week I hit 60 pounds gone again and will post measurements and progress pictures. I will do it, even if I am still sick. I have been waiting for this for a long time and am determined to get it done.


Lori said...

Good for you Lyn. Stay strong. You want your health more than you want those yams. You'll get your health back.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! Glad you're feeling a little better. Hope you have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!
ErinK : )