Hello to all who continue to check in to see how I am doing! I really enjoy all of the comments and emails sent my way and appreciate the longstanding support. Since hitting my new recent high of 260 pounds in January after all of the Christmas indulgence, I've started back on track with the lower carb way of eating I know is best for me. It's been pretty easy so far to just get back to cooking things like squash instead of noodles, cauliflower in place of potatoes, and eating fruit instead of candy. It's not really fresh fruit season right now anyway, so I am only eating an average of one fruit per day... mostly pears, Clementines, apples, and bananas. I eat plenty of protein and vegetables and am avoiding grains, sugars, and junk food as a general rule. I did have a piece of birthday cake in January and a few other indulgences, but I'd say I am on track with the 90/10 rule of eating healthy/low carb 90% of the time. As a result I am back down to 253 pounds, for a 7 pound loss in January *without* calorie or carb counting, tracking, weighing, or measuring my food. I hope to continue the trend of stress-free weight loss all the way to goal! I have not felt triggered, deprived, or unhappy with my eating plan so far and am *not* white knuckling anything. I do want to start walking again as soon as the weather is a little better... hopefully this month... and I plan to start using my FitBit again to help increase my activity level. I've been fairly sedentary lately and we all know that's not healthy.
Would you like to know more about what I've been eating to lose that 7 pounds last month? Well, the other day at a potluck I made a plate that included salad, taco meat, cheese, sour cream, salsa, green onions, plus a small spoon of beans and a spoon of fruit salad (apples, bananas, oranges). Another day at a restaurant my daughter and I ordered a hummus plate as an appetizer; she ate the pita and hummus while I ate the celery, cucumber, carrots, and red peppers with feta cheese (and a taste of hummus!) My main course was a mixed green salad with barbecued chicken breast, Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled bacon, hard boiled egg, and dressing on the side. At home, I'm eating plenty of good foods like roasted chicken and vegetables, beanless chili, soups, and stews. I sometimes have eggs and sausage for breakfast, or a veggie omelet, or bacon and avocado. I have yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit for snacks, or sometimes just nuts or peanut butter and apple slices.
Here are a few of the meals I have made in the last week or two:
Smoked salmon, dill, and cream cheese omelet
Hamburger vegetable soup (2 bowls! so good)
Turkey sausage, mushrooms, and mozzarella with marinara sauce over spaghetti squash
Sauteed smoked bratwurst and buttered poppy seed cabbage
Baked chicken wings with Parmesan spaghetti squash
Smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, olives, cucumbers, and light Ranch
All very enjoyable, lower carb meals.
I hope to get back to blogging more frequently in February as I make my way back down the scale to better health. Thanks for sticking with me... it'll be ten years in August and I still aim to make it back to a healthy weight THIS year!
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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