Apparently, my last 2 or 3 posts have not posted.....and they weren't saved as drafts either. Oh well, they were short and sweet. My metabolism has kicked in again....albeit, slowly. I am one pound away from my first goal (200), but that was last week. I am heading out later to do another weigh-in, so I am hoping it shows I've reached my first goal. If I have, then I am only 3 pounds away from my half-way point. People keep asking me how I am doing it. All I can say is that I've cut out soda, red meat, and sweets, an occasional light beer or two (sometimes, a mimosa or two)....okay, we're talking, maybe, once a month or more here on the alcohol. Essentially, only when we go out or attend an event (which isn't often). I, also, portion control, and do little things like go for a low-cal or fat free product at the grocery store. I look for meal recipes for dinner that are 300-400 calories or under (remember to portion control, too.). I wake up in the morning and have a glass of 100% (no sugar added) juice. About 11 am to noon, I have a small (not the large tub) Chiboni Vanilla Yogurt peppered with Chia seeds. about 2-3 pm, I have a tuna sandwich (usually on a burger bun spread with low-cal mayo, and solid white tuna on top. Simple, as I'm usually busy doing things in the afternoon. Dinner is a low-cal or portioned controlled main dish (usually involves turkey, pork, or chicken) with some kind of vegie (unless the recipe includes the vegie). Some of the main dishes include chicken taco's with homemade taco seasoning, or turkey burgers seasoned with Todd Wilbur's Fuddrucker's Copycat Seasoning recipe (See Top Secret website). Sometimes, I will make a Richard Simmon's recipe (love that Baja Lasgna), or a pork loin roll with vegie's. I always have a glass of low-fat Chocolate milk with dinner, and take one vitamin pill and 2 B12's. We live in an area wher the noseeum's are horrible, and I get bit up. The B12's help keep the bites to a minimum. So, that's all I'm doing. I think the chia seeds help a lot, too. Love those things!
Well, I hit that "pause" that I talked about in a previous post. I went down to 203, but came back up to 205 - and stayed there. No up....no down. So.....I did something that I haven't done for a number of years - I walked. Almost a mile. From the marina to the grocery store, taking three rest breaks and stopping at the Post Office to mail some bills and the fitness center to check it out and inquire about cost. I did take a cab home, though, because I had groceries. And I didn't eat a thing - no stopping for snacks, etc. Not bad for someone who four years ago, when we first arrived in the harbor, was walking with a cane. Plan on doing it again as long as the cool weather holds out. I planned on the fitness center when I reached that level of losing weight where it tends to stall. So, sometime this week I'll get there and use the stationary bike, and whatever else they have for shrinking hips and stomach. And I'm wearing a pair of old pants right now that I had to paperclip to keep them from falling down. hahahaha
I went to the store yesterday and did a weigh-in. I lost two more pounds and am now at 206. Just six pounds to my first goal, and 9 pounds to my half-way goal. We've had problems with our refrigeration system on the boat, so I had to put off my morning summer porridge. I have a glass of 100% pure juice in the a.m. or I make up a smoothie of Lo-fat choco milk (8 oz), vanilla yogurt (Chobani), a banana, chia seeds and a little ice. Sometimes, I add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup for a little more flavor. I'm more busy now than before I started my eat-style program, so many days are no lunch days. Sometimes I will bring with me the fat-free flavored tuna packs with the crackers. If I'm at home, I will grab a burger bun with low cal mayo and a small pop-top can of tuna and make a sandwich. Dinner is portioned controlled for chicken, pork, turkey meals. The turkey is usually ground turkey with a seasoning I got from Todd Wilbur's website. Snacks are my low-fat Lemon Meringue pudding cups, watermelon chunks, or the imitation crab bites. I also drink at least a bottle of water a day. About twice a month, Keith and I go out to the bar/restaurant for drinks and appetizers or dinner. I do portion control than, eating only half the dinner or a couple three of the appetizers, and sticking to light beer - no more than two - and I drink slowly. I usually skip lunch when I know we're going out. So, even with all that, I'm still losing. So far, so good.
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I did a weigh-in. Success! I lost another pound and am now at 208. For Thanksgiving Dinner, I had a slice of Turkey, green beans and about 1/2 cup of brown rice with 100% fruit juice to drink. NO PIE and NO DRESSING (my two favorites). I conquered!