Last week when I weighed in I was at 265lbs and today when I weighed in it said 265.7lbs. Again I did nothing different and I believe this is just my body allowing itself to get caught up. I've been losing weight so fast that plateaus need to take place here and there. I'm pretty sure this 0.7lbs will come back off at my next weigh in.
So let's talk about what I eat, as I'm sure some of you are wondering. Below is a list of items I pick and choose from to help keep things yummy and fresh.
I keep this meal high in fiber, with a lot of fruit
- yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola mixed in and 2 piece of toast with light butter
- smoothie: yogurt, 4 strawberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 apple sliced, 2 packets of apple oatmeal
- 1 waffle, 1/2 cup of strawberries (I only let myself have this on Sundays)
I allow this to be my larger meal and use a dinner plate. That way my body has time to process and burn the food throughout the day, which won't allow the food to sit in my tummy throughout the night.
- 1 large salad, 1 bake potato
- 1 large salad, 2 cups of pasta
- 1 large salad, 2 cups of veggies soup
- 1 large salad, 1 grilled cheese sandwich
For this meal I keep my portions small. I allow myself to have what the boys are eating but it needs to fit on a salad plate. I have that plus a small salad.
- 1 small salad, 1.5 cups of pasta
- 1 small salad, 1/4 cup of rice and 2 enchiladas
- 1 small salad, 1 cup of funeral potatoes and 2 cups of veggies
- 1 small salad, 2 small burritos
- 1 small salad, 2 pieces of pizza
Like I said... I have whatever they are having but I keep the portions small. If it can't fit on my salad plate, it's too much.
I have always LOVED water and often go over the amount suggested in any diet book. I often drink about 12 cups a day. I rarely drink soda and have never really liked it.
SUGAR & OUT FOOD:
At the beginning of this journey I gave up sugar and now that it is out of my system, I love fruit and crave it. Every once in a while when my cycle is about to start I'll crave chocolate but often just smelling it will allow the cravings to go away. At the end of Aug I will introduce sugar back into my diet and I will post more about that topic later. As for fast food, I avoid it. Every once in a while I will allow myself to have it on a Saturdaywhen we are out and about for the weekend but throughout the week I don't eat it. Why? Fast food has a lot of salt in it and this causes water weight gain. If I do eat it, I order from In-N-Out and get the grilled cheese burger (it has everything on it, but no meat. Remember... I'm a vegetarian).
Once a week I do a 24 hour fast. I know this sounds crazy, but I believe doing this allows my body to process and clean out my system. A lot of health books talk about the benefits that come from fasting once a week or once every two weeks. One of the biggest benefits for me is to help me learn what hungry feels like. When you are an emotional eater, you eat all the time and after a while you have no clue what hungrymeans. I started fasting at the beginning of the 2nd month and now I have clearer thoughts on what hungry is and not "emotional hunger". They are totally different, being that emotional hunger is a bottomless pit! You DON'T have to fast to lose weight but if you are struggling with knowing when you are full or are emotional eating... you might want to look into this. I know it helped me respect food and portion sizes.
HOW TO FAST: I start at 7am and eat something from my lunch meal plan (Large salad + baked potato). From 7am to the next morning at 7am I don't eat anything, but I allow myself to drink as much water as needed. The water will help clean out your system. If a full 24 hours is too hard, just start with skipping one meal and work your way up.
Next week I'll talk about my workouts and getting active. For me, workouts and healthy eating have to go hand in hand if I want weight loss results. I know it's not what most want to hear, but weight loss pills and fad diets just don't work! Sure you will lose a little in the beginning, but let's get honest... we all always put that weight back on once you stop. For me... I want to keep it off, so that means eating right and moving more is the way to go.
See you all next week