Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Weigh In and Plan

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

low carb smoked salmon dill cream cheese omelet

Hamburger vegetable soup (2 bowls! so good)

low carb hamburger soup

Turkey sausage, mushrooms, and mozzarella with marinara sauce over spaghetti squash

low carb meal spaghetti squash and sausage

Sauteed smoked bratwurst and buttered poppy seed cabbage

low carb buttered poppy seed cabbage noodles and brats

Baked chicken wings with Parmesan spaghetti squash

low carb meal chicken wings and spaghetti squash

Smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, olives, cucumbers, and light Ranch

low carb meal smoked salmon

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!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the 7 pounds, and thank you for sharing your meals. I always get great ideas from you. I am planning to make that salmon omelette later this week, it looks so good!

Joyce Ham said...

That's wonderful.

Susan R said...

Go Lyn! I am glad to hear such a positive report.
The soup looks delicious- do you have a recipe that you could share?

Lyn said...


Thanks! The omelet is delicious. In fact I might be making myself one for dinner tonight!


Thank you :)


Sure! Basically you brown a pound of lean ground beef (or turkey if you like) with half a chopped onion. I season that with some Mrs. Dash seasoning. Drain off the fat and add a quart of beef stock or broth. Bring that to a simmer and start adding any low carb vegetables you enjoy; I used zucchini, carrots, celery, garlic, a can of diced tomatoes, and cabbage. Green beans go well in this too. Then add tomato sauce... about half a small 8 oz can (I just used some I had leftover in the fridge. Even marinara sauce will work). Simmer until the veggies are all tender, seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, and whatever flavors you like (Italian seasoning is good!). Add more broth if you want it "soupier." You can use as many veggies as you like... whatever's in the fridge! If you have leftover cooked veggies you can add them near the end after the fresh veggies are done cooking. Hope you enjoy!

Amanda said...

I have been (lurkily) following you for years. I'm so glad to hear you are feeling good emotionally right now, and your eats look lovely! Keep up the great work, and know your genuing, sharing posts in easy times and rough are always appreciated :-)

Amy said...

Happy 10 year blogiversary! Sounds like this is going to be your year!

Rose Sperlonga said...

Sounds like success to me! Congrats!!
R :)

MaryFran said...

Congrats on the loss!!! Keep up the great work!!!

Lyn said...

Thanks all! Feeling great today and we're going out for dinner tonight. I'll just get some meat and vegetables, or a big salad with chicken or steak on it. Enjoying the "journey" and not feeling stressed, triggered, or deprived at all so far :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn,
Everything sounds great! Your food looks delicious and nutritious too! So glad you're starting off the year on the right foot! I had a quick suggestion for you since you said you'd like to get back to walking when the weather gets nice. I know I prefer exercising outdoors too, but since that's not always feasible, but you still want to get moving, I wanted to suggest Leslie Sansone DVDs. She specializes in light impact indoor walking regimens that I think would be perfect for you! Seven years ago, I was in a similar position as you and couldn't do the intense, high-impact stuff I can do now since I've lost the weight and am maintaining. I didn't know where to start, but then I stumbled upon her workout program, and it was a great way to get moving in the comfort of my own home. I know walking in your house sounds silly but I really found a lot of benefit from it. Plus, she's just a doll. Anyways, keep it up! Looks like you're on the right track :)

stacey fong said...

What exactly is your goal weight?

Lyn said...


I don't have an exact number as my goal. I want to reach a weight that feels good to me and at which my health issues are not being caused or aggravated by my weight (blood pressure, blood sugar, and joint pain primarily). I plan to have my doctors help me decide when I am at that point.