Monday, June 20, 2016

Another Day 1

After I wrote that post yesterday I was absolutely determined to first, make a plan to go visit my friend and second, get this weight off. Today I talked to her on the phone for an hour and we are both excited that I'll be taking my daughter and maybe youngest son to visit her before the end of summer. Thank you for the very interesting discussion in the comments, too. I appreciate the insights.

Today the goals were: get off the junk and carbs and eat a lot less.

Breakfast: black decaf coffee, 2 bacon, 1/4 of an avocado
iced coffee with cream and stevia
Lunch: I made this soup Creamy Leek and Salmon Soup but made some modifications to cut the calories: used cooking spray instead of butter, about 1/4 the amount of salmon and only about 1/3 cup of coconut milk instead of 1 3/4 cup. I also used shallots instead of leeks because that's what I had. I added some Mrs. Dash and some dried dill as well. This made a less creamy, more broth-y soup with a lot less fat and calories. I like this soup and have a feeling I'll be eating a lot more soups, because they are mostly broth and filling without being caloric. Had one small bowl for lunch.

low carb AIP salmon soup

Snack when hungry: some cherries
more iced coffee with cream (I use 1 to 2 Tbsp per large glass)
Dinner: another bowl of salmon soup.
Very hungry so I had a packet of "protein balls" that is pretty low calorie, high protein, low carb. I have a box of protein bars, shake packets, and other low carb foods left from reviews I have done and things I got for free, and I will use these when I am really hungry. They sell those protein balls at Walmart pretty cheap.
I found some packets of "protein water" stuff in my box. It's 60 calories, grape flavored, and only protein (no carbs) so I put it in my water bottle with some ice and sipped it when I got hungry.
Before bed I was having major carb/sugar withdrawals and feeling starved. I ate a few pork rinds, 2 slices of cheese, and a handful of cherries and felt much better.
I drank a lot of water and made sure I took all of my vitamins and supplements.

A good "day 1" of getting back off the junk and carbs. Will do it again tomorrow.


Leslie said...

I'm rooting for you Lyn. This food obsession is a beast to wrestle, and can only be subdued and managed a day at a time. With help from whatever sources one is able to gather and access.

I lost a friend last year to melanoma. We went to nursing school together and I had a long, rewarding, and hilarious history with her, most of it long distance. She was living in Florida…I in Pennsylvania. When she was diagnosed 2 years prior, we talked about getting together, in person, "soon". In my private mind, I determined to lose enough weight to approach the almost too thin status I'd been the last time we saw each other YEARS before, in order to show up for my ailing friend.

You know where this is going. Of course that didn't happen…I never achieved my BS goal and found a thousand other reasons to not be able to visit. She died late 2015. WTF? I'm over 60 now and still letting this food and weight thing call the shots?

Good for you for staring that disordered thinking in the eye and kicking it to the curb. Yes, you may feel awkward, uncomfortable, etc., but it's a huge step toward reclaiming your fullest and most rewarding life.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

OH! the comment button magically reappeared today!

Your post yesterday was soooooo me!

And thanks for the email!

I always tell myself I haven't failed if I haven't stopped trying. Onward and upward.

MaryFran said...

I'm so proud of you for taking the first steps to visit your friend!!!!!!

And congrats on a stellar day one!!!!

Rachel rbs said...

Way to go! Keep it going - that soup sounds really delicious!

Lyn said...


That is so heartbreaking. I'm so sorry for your loss. The things we do to ourselves over our weight, it's just so self punishing. I know it's too late for you and your friend, but perhaps there is someone else you've been thinking of reconnecting with "when the weight comes off" and you can decide now to go before it is too late. I appreciate you sharing (and it's good to hear from you!) and your story pushes me even harder to make sure this happens (the visit, whether I lose weight or not!)


glad you can comment again! I love seeing your cute puppy's face in my comments :) (They are always puppies to me, lol).

MaryFran and Rachel~


I am leaving shortly on a road trip today. Not a fun road trip, but a medical one for a family member. I already staked out a good lunch place that has salads, and so far I have only had coffee with cream. Might need a bit of protein between now and lunch but it's another good start.

MaryL said...

Long time reader, first time commenting.
I'm rooting for you, but please be careful about going overboard with restricting calories and foods. This is a proven way to set up a metabolic sabotage when the enthusiasm of the diet's first weeks runs low. Slow and steady has much better chances of success.

JDET said...

I've been off the net for several days. A young woman I knew was murdered six weeks short of her wedding as she was writing thank you notes for her bridal shower. Her funeral was on Saturday. I'm glad you are making plans to see your friend. You don't know what life will bring. Weight (or anything else) should never get in the way of friends or family. Cherish what you have, nit what you don't.