The Saturday Weigh-In: 5

Hello People,

Good news this week.  I exercised my ass off. That’s all I’m going to say. This covers last week’s eating and exercise log.

Current Weight: 138 pounds    Total Weight Lost: 5 pounds

Measurements: Too Lazy to Do It

Here is a picture of some of the fruits & vegetables that I should have eaten, but didn’t:

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SATURDAY

Breakfast: 1 Frozen Portion Oatmeal (Trader Joe’s), 1 oz. Nuts, 2 tsp. Brown Sugar, 1 Tbsp. Cream, Coffee w/H&H

Snack: Tangelo, Coffee w/H&H

Lunch: 2 Slices Cheese Pizza (Trader Joe’s), Salad w/ 1 Tbsp. Dressing

Snack: Whole Grain Crackers – Wasa, 2 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese, 1/4 cup Dried Peaches

Dinner: Frozen Chili Relleno (Trader Joe’s), Berries w/ Choc Cream, 2 small Chocolates

Exercise & Extras: Walk Dog, The Firm DVD, Power Walk Week 2 (625 cals burned)

Total Calories: 1050

 

SUNDAY

B: Banana-Date Smoothie (Yuck!), Sourdough Toast w/ 1 Tbsp. Whipped Butter, Coffee w/H&H

S: 1 oz. Mixed Nuts, 1 1/2 cups Popcorn, 3 small Chocolates, Coffee w/H&H

L: 1 1/2 cups Tomato Soup w/ 1/3 Pork Sausage Link (Large), Orzo, Croutons & Parm Cheese

D: Cereal, Granola, Berries, Milk

Exercise: Long Walk (740 cals burned)

Total Calories: 1100

 

MONDAY

B: Strawberry-Sunflower Smoothie (Yuck!), Homemade Bread w/ 1 Tbsp. Whipped Butter, Coffee w/ H&H

S: Coffee w/H&H, Hard-Boiled Egg

L: Same as Sunday, 1/2 Grapefruit

S: Coffee w/H&H, Homemade Bread w/ Nutella

D: Beef Stew (Beef, Carrots, Onion, Peas, Potato, Wine, Stock, Olive Oil), small glass Wine

Treat: 1/2 oz. Mixed Nuts

Exercise & Extras: Walk Dog, The Firm DVD, (450 cals burned)

Total Calories: 1240

 

TUESDAY

B: Homemade Bread w/1Tbsp. Peanut Butter, Hard-Boiled Egg, 1/2 Grapefruit, Coffee w/H&H

S: 1 oz. Mixed Nuts, Coffee w/H&H

L: Same as Sunday (no Croutons or Cheese), 5 Triscuit w/1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese

S: 2 Wasa Crackers w/ 2 Tbsp. Black Bean Spread

D: Beef Stew

Treat: 4 small Chocolates

Exercise: N/A

Total Calories: 1600

 

WEDNESDAY

B: Same as Tuesday

S: Same as Tuesday

L: 1 can Soup, 5 Triscuit w/ 1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese

S: Same as Tuesday

D: Beef Stew

T: 2 small Chocolates

Exercise: N/A

Total Calories: 1425

 

THURSDAY

B: Homemade Bread w/ 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter & 1 Tbsp. Nutella, Coffee w/ H&H, 1/2 Grapefruit

L: 6 Triscuit w/ 2 1/2 Tbsp. Hummus

S: 1 small bag Potato Chips

D: Chix, Corn, Cornmeal Crust Pizza (Trader Joe’s), 1 Tangelo

Exercise: N/A

Total Calories: 1240

 

FRIDAY

B: Homemade Bread w/ 1 1/2 Tbsp Nutella, Hard-Boiled Egg, Coffee w/H&H

S: 1/2 oz. Mixed Nuts, Coffee w/H&H

L: Falafel Sandwich (Homemade), 1 Tangelo

D: Homemade Corn Chips, Chipotle Salsa

Exercise & Extras: Walk Dog (80 cals burned)

Total Calories: 1225

Health Nut: Pro-Biotics

Foodie Friday: Homemade Pro-Biotics

Hello People,

So, last year, summer, I was super preoccupied with holistic concepts.  I became smitten with anything regarding living extremely health-nutty.  You know, those granola-half naked people on YouTube who do water fasts and only eat fruit for 2 months? Yeah, I was watching their videos with abandon, absorbing all of their advice and enthusiasm for living an extreme lifestyle. I learned many a good thing from them.  While I can’t say I will be going raw vegan anytime soon (or never), I think that most of what they practice is great.  Think about it, we all could benefit from adding more vegetables and fruits into our diet.  Letting our bodies rest from digesting high amounts of  saturated-fat laden animal protein once in a while seems like a wise idea.

One of the major take-aways I learned was from a former raw vegan master named Natasha.  She then lived in cold Canada, now she lives in the tropics of Thailand.  I watched every video on her YouTube channel and loved every one of them.  She made me feel the most inspired to eat and live better. One of her videos talked about pro-biotics and how great they are.  As a raw vegan (one who eats only raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds), she did not eat dairy; which is where most of the population gets their pro-biotics, in the form of yogurt. She was not a fan of the oft used Kombucha by vegans, which is a fermented tea product made of fungus, because it is usually full of white processed sugar.  So, she resorted to other ways to get her pro-biotics.  Creating something she called “Fermented Coconut Water” became something that I rely on as I am dairy intolerant. She also has a video on live kefir globs, but I can’t go there.

The best and most optimal way of doing this is by breaking open a raw coconut and draining the liquid into a jar or container.  This is the most natural way of getting the sweet juice.  ALL store bought coconut water has been “flash pasteurized” to kill any critters (spoilage-type bacteria) running around before it is mass marketed. This means that the coconut water has been tampered a bit with heat and does not contain all of the pure nutrients in it as the liquid straight from the nut has. In a sense, some of the good stuff has been cooked out.  Do what you need to do. I use both raw nuts and store bought water depending on what is available. If you use a raw coconut, you will also be stuck with the meat or fat of the fruit.  You can use it for lots of things (after you painstakingly pick out the bits of shell lodged in it), but I like a little of it in smoothies. Don’t use a lot or you will make yourself sick! I use the white, cone shaped coconuts.

Also, you must use pro-biotic pills/tablets that are REFRIGERATED! Do not use the stuff on the dry shelf.  It is dead and completely useless. The way this works is sort of like fermenting alcohol, or exactly like it.  You combine a sugar in liquid form to a yeast and it becomes fermented.  The remaining juice is a transient pro-biotic, meaning that you have to take it every day in order for it to be effective.  The live bacteria that you swallow help with digestion in your gut and help you absorb more of the food you are eating. Don’t be surprised if at first you hear a little rumbling in your bowels the first few times.  I swallow a 1/4 cup each morning.  It tastes terrible (tart), but the benefits are worth it.

prep ingredients

prep ingredients

Recipe:

1 1/2 cups Coconut Water

1 Capsule of Store Bought Pro-Biotic

1 Glass Jar

Pour C.Water into jar. Open capsule and dump powder into C. Water. Seal lid tightly. Place in warm area for 3 days (do not refrigerate or the bacteria will not multiply). Place in refrigerator after 3 days and drink 1/4 cup before breakfast every day.

Also can be put into green juice and smoothies.

drink till your gut's content!

drink till your gut’s content!

Aerobicize!

Exercise Monday: Aerobicize!

Hey there all,

Today I want to just pass along a cardio workout I did last week when it was an off-day of strength training.  This means that I needed to have a workout, but since I do all body parts on my strength training days, this was a day only meant for cardio.  I also was feeling a bit low energy, so I pulled out good ol’ Denise Austin from the DVD shelf.  Here are the two cardio workouts I did back to back. Enjoy!

P.S. These are good for beginner/intermediate exercisers.  It isn’t vigorous, but will require a little coordination. I also used 1 1/2 pound dumbbells (extremely light) during the interval training portion.

And just for kicks, here is the Ab workout I did after the two Aerobic Workouts (I like how she says “Welcome to the BEST Ab workout EVER!” Weelll, I don’t know about that…..

Peace & Calm

Sunday Inspiration: Peace & Calm Photos

Hello People!

Just as presumed, I listed yesterday’s weekly food/exercise log and said that due to a visit from Mother Nature, my weight was a little off.  Today I re-weighed myself just to see if what I had hoped was true (although I knew that this would not be a great week in the history of me losing weight).  In fact, I was right (as most women are, don’t you know? Just always say “yes” to this and no one gets hurt).  I had not gained 2 1/2 pounds, but had lost 1/2 a pound last week.  The numbers just didn’t add up, even though one of my meals was a caloric mystery. No matter, it just goes to prove that hormones can be a real bitch sometimes.  The grand total weight loss = 4 pounds! YES!

Today I want to give you peace, joy, and freedom…..man. JK. No really, I want to give you images that may inspire you to calm the F@#$ down. JK. If you are freaking out about your weight or whatever, take a moment to think about it looking at these images.  No it won’t solve your problems, but you need to reflect everyday and regroup.  You may need to re-organize and approach your goals in a different way if it’s not working for you.  Just sayin’.

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The Saturday Weigh-In: 4

Hello People!

Well, like I said earlier in the week, it wasn’t going to be good at today’s weigh-in. (Oddly, I lost an inch off my butt???)  That’s probably because I am a firm believer in the Power of Intention (a blog post to follow one day) and perhaps willed my gain into existence fearing that I would.  Also, I am a female and am suffering from female physical issues this week. I’ll just leave it at that. Onward & Upward…..CHARGE!

NOTES:

1. I went out to dinner with friends on Saturday (this was my Valentine’s dinner out) and don’t know the totals of what I ate.  I can tell you I tried to pick the least caloric items that were offered on the menu.  I had NO BREAD! The other two ate 3 baskets!!!

2. “Hard-Boiled Egg” refers to a 70 calorie egg. Large.

3.  I always have 2 Tbsp Half & Half in my coffee. That will never change.

Current Weight: 142       Weight Lost: 1

Measurements in Inches: Arm/Bicep 11 3/4; Bust 34 1/4; Waist 32 1/2; Hips 41; Thigh 24

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SATURDAY

Breakfast: Croissant Sandwich, Coffee w/H&H

Snack: 1 oz. mixed Nuts, Coffee w/H&H, 1 small marshmallow

Lunch: Chicken Stew w/ 1 oz. Homemade Croutons

Snack: Chocolate Cookie, Coffee w/H&H (had these items at a Cafe in Studio City, CA)

Dinner: (At French Restaurant) Sauteed Sole (Fish), Green Beans, Carrots, Berries w/ Cream, Champagne w/ Cassis, Cauliflower-Leek Soup

Exercise: Walked Dog

Total Cals: ? No Idea

 

SUNDAY

B:  1 slice Homemade Walnut Raisin Bread w/ 1 Tbsp P.B., Coffee w/H&H, 1 Hard-Boiled Egg

S: 1 small Chocolate, 2 cups Popcorn, Coffee w/H&H

L: 1 cup Arborio Rice w/ 1/2 cup Cauliflower & Artichoke, 1 Kielbasa Sausage

S: Tea w/ 1 Tbsp H&H, small Tangerine

D: Chicken Stew (no Croutons)

Exercise: The Firm DVD “Not So Tough Aerobic Mix” (250 cals burned)

Total Cals: 1175

 

MONDAY

B: Same as Sunday

S. 1/2 oz. mixed Nuts, small Tangerine, Coffee w/H&H

L: 1/2 Kielbasa Sausage, 1 Chocolate Truffle

S: 1 Rice Cake w/ 1 Tbsp Bean Dip Spread

D: 4 oz. White Meat Turkey, 3 Latkes, 1 cup Salad w/ Dressing, 1 small Chocolate

Ex: N/A

Total Cals: 1255

 

TUESDAY

B: Homemade Walnut-Raisin Bread w/ 1 Tbsp Nutella, 1 large Orange, Coffee w/ H&H

S: Coffee w/H&H, 1 oz. mixed Nuts

L: 1/2 Chix Wrap (Trader Joe’s), 1 cup Beef w/Barley Soup, 1 Chocolate Truffle

S: 2 cups Popcorn

D: 4 oz. White Meat Turkey, 1 cup Stuffing, 1/4 cup Gravy (Homemade), 1 cup Salad w/Dressing, Tea w/1Tbsp H&H

Exercise: The Firm DVD “Tough Tape 1” (300 cals burned)

Total Cals: 1255

 

WEDNESDAY

B: Homemade Walnut-Raisin Bread w/1 Tbsp P.B., 1 Hard-Boiled Egg, Coffee w/H&H

S: 1 oz. mixed Nuts

L: 1/2 Chix Wrap, 1 cup Soup, Coffee w/H&H

S: Rice Cake w/one wedge Laughing Cow Cheese

D: Frozen Chix Enchiladas, 1 cup Flan, 1 oz. White Meat Turkey, 4 small Chocolate (PMS-ing…)

Exercise: N/A

Total Cals: 1815

 

THURSDAY

B: Homemade Walnut-Raisin Bread w/1 Tbsp P.B. & Nutella, 1 Hard-Boiled Egg, Coffee w/H&H

S: 1 small Tangelo, Coffee w/ H&H

L: 2 slices Cheese/Roasted Red Pepper Pizza (Trader Joe’s), 1 cup Salad w/4 Black Olives-Toms-Dressing

S: 1 Rice Cake w/2 Tbsp Hummus, 1 cut-up Sundried Tomato, Coffee w/H&H

D: 4 oz. White Meat Turkey, 1 cup Stuffing w/ 1/4 of a link of Pork Sausage (mixed in), 1/4 cup Gravy

Exercise: Walked Dog

Total Cals: 1390

 

FRIDAY

B: Same as Thursday; no Egg

S: 1 oz. mixed Nuts, Coffee w/H&H, 1 small Tangelo

L: Same as Thursday; Salad no Olives or Toms

S: 1 Rice Cake w/2 Tbsp Hummus

D: Same as Thursday; Add 1 serving Chai Tea Latte (Trader Joe’s)

Exercise & Extras: Walked Dog, Walked at Arborateum, Denise Austin DVD “Personal Training System”  (525 cals burned)

Total Cals: 1215

Snacking: Good/Bad ?

Foodie Friday: Snacking – Is it a Good habit or a Bad habit?

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We American’s are notorious for our snacking.  We even have an entire food line named after it (Snackwells). My favorite all-time snack has to be: crackers with havarti cheese, hard salami and an ice-cold glass of wine.  This is a childhood memory for me and it always makes me feel nostalgic. However, that type of snack can be deadly to a dieter’s goals.

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You’ve also probably heard of a popular diet plan that includes several (5 to 6) small meals a day in the hopes that one never finds themselves hungry or “keeps their metabolism humming all day long.” I’m not sure I buy in to that hype, I think that this is a body builder way of eating and I am by no means interested in becoming a body builder. These so called “meals” seem more like elaborate snacks to me, and I just don’t want to eat that way.  I much prefer the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner with optional dessert style of eating. Perpetually eating snacks all day will end up making me yearn for a proper meal and therefore I may never be quite satisfied with my snacky small meals.  So, what about the traditional snacks?

Traditionally speaking, snacks are meant to slightly curb one’s hunger until the next proper meal.  There is a general consensus that we should eat approximately every 4 hours. So, we can use snacks to fill in the gap between meals, especially those meals that may be farther apart than 4 hours.

Personally, I snack in two ways (on a good day!). One way is to only have a snack between lunch and dinner and it should be about 150 -200 calories total. That’s because if I eat lunch at 12:30 and then dinner at 6:30, I will be going longer than 4 hours between those two meals.  So that I don’t pig out at dinner, having a snack around 4:00 will help me eat sensibly at my last meal of the day. The other option is to eat an additional snack in between breakfast and lunch as well as the afternoon snack. I choose this option when I have to get up at 6:00 A.M. and eat breakfast at 7.  Knowing that my next meal will be at 12:30 or later, I must have something to eat in between or my stomach will be rumbling out loud as it has many times.  This only happens when I am working. I am also extra hungry on those days because of my early rising, driving an hour to work, teaching intensely for 4 hours (teaching is an exhausting profession) and so forth.  Believe me, I need that extra morning snack! Again, that morning snack is around 150 to 200 calories and I try to make it something that is substantial.

NOT substantial snacks!

NOT substantial snacks!

When I say substantial, I mean it has to carry me through until my next meal and not give me a sugar crash thus ruining the rest of my day.  (One sugar crash for me, especially early in the day can wreck my eating for the rest of the day.) I often post about snacks I like while watching my weight, and unfortunately, the crackers-cheese-salami-wine choice doesn’t make the list.  I often choose things like nuts, 1 oz. of cheese, rice cakes with hummus, fruit and so forth.  You can find a plethora of healthy snack ideas all over the web as I know you know.

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So that’s what I would call “good snacking.” What about “bad snacking?”  That is snacking with abandon – you know, bag of chips, popcorn, crackers, cookies in lap; mindlessly dipping hand in over and over again while watching some type of screen.  You may or may not be hungry for these types of foods, but the act of eating is comforting, familiar and down-right fun in the moment.  However, as I’m sure you can guess, it is also a great way of packing on the pounds. Healthy snacks should serve a purpose, and if you are weight conscious, you cannot mindlessly snack ever again and expect to lose weight.  If you choose to do this, expect the ramifications of that choice.

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By the way, if you do go 4 hours and you aren’t hungry, you don’t have to have a snack if you don’t want it.  You shouldn’t eat if you aren’t hungry.  But be realistic.  I know people who say they aren’t hungry, but really are; yet they don’t eat because it is more important for them to be stick thin. Then I watch them sit there with their hands shaking violently because of the dip in blood sugar.  BAD IDEA! Shame on you if you do this.  Plan your meals better and snack responsibly when necessary. Enough said…

How to Lose Weight 101

Think It Through Thursday: How to Lose Weight 101

Hello People!

Sorry I missed a few posting opportunities and my weekly food log update.  Was not able to get to the computer for various reasons.  But….I did not go off my diet or exercise regime.  I did lose 1/2 pound last week, and am knee deep into this week.  Can’t say this week will be good as far as weight loss success, but I’m doing my best, especially on this LOVE day – Valentines…chocolate anyone?

Anywhom, I wanted to put up a video I made ages ago about losing weight; specifically 2 pounds per week as the title suggests.  Now, my current plan is to not lose 2 pounds per week (I like eating), but 1.  Therefore, I am only cutting out 500 calories off of my BMR number.  Do you know what BMR is? I’ll have to dig up that video too so you can use the proper numbers to find what your losing weight number should be. That sounds confusing…just watch the videos.

The French Paradox cont.

Foodie Friday: The French Paradox (Part Two)

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And the answer to yesterday’s tease is….

I will eat structured meals with more of an emphasis on flavor rather than lower calories.

Unknown-2“What does that mean?” you may ask.  Well, first of all, in the book, Losing It in France by Sally Asher, there are detailed menus for a full week showing the structure of a typical French “diet.”  She demonstrates that even though the French eat full fat butter, cheese, cream etc., etc., their diets are balanced and portions are small but satisfying. Following her observation, I’m coordinating my menus to match, in a sense, her outline of a daily eating plan. Now, mind you, I’m still counting calories because I am in the phase of losing weight and I don’t want to just free-style, yet.  Now let me tell you a story about something I experienced recently that correlates to all of this French eating style.

A few months ago, right before I began this blog I went off of dieting for the first time in 20 years.  My usual plan of attack for a diet was to count calories and that was pretty much it.  No real rules or strict food concepts.  I did eat mostly balanced meals, but as I’ve stated before, it wasn’t the days I was following the plan that kept me fat, it was the days off – which were far, far, far too many in a week.  Back to me going off the “diet,” I wanted to clear out some food in refrigerator and freezer because it was overflowing with too much stuff.  So, I found recipes that used the ingredients I had on hand and measured out portions that seemed reasonable based on the recipe’s recommendations.  Lo and behold! Would you believe it? I stepped on the scale right before Thanksgiving and saw to my amazement that I had dropped 7 pounds since starting this non-diet!  My strategy was just to eat normal looking portions, cook meals that weren’t too fattening, exercise, and stop eating when I felt full (I think that this was key). This is essentially the way Sally describes how the French eat.  They eat what they like, in reasonable non-typical American sized portions, and quit when they are satisfied.

Now, I know that some will think that this is funny because they believe that their hunger is NEVER satisfied.  That’s yourimages-4 leptin hormone not responding. (This is a topic for another day, but it probably has mostly to do with what you are eating.)  I believe that when one really sits down to eat a decent meal, focuses on what they are eating WITH NO DISTRACTIONS, they will become more in tune with their body’s needs. Stuffing food down one’s face on the run will never give you satisfaction because you aren’t tasting the food, not to mention chewing it sufficiently for proper digestion.  Sure, it may fill you up for a while, but the experience is not the same as sitting quietly at a table and eating a balanced meal with your full attention.  I don’t know why this works, but I can tell you friends, IT DOES.

For me, eating meals that focus on lower calories usually lack flavor.  This isn’t always true ( Cook This, Not That!), but for the images-1most part, it can be.  When I cook meals that seem reasonably balanced with all types of ingredients, the flavor and taste satisfaction do a lot to fill me up.  Granted, I’m still trying to not eat a lot of flour or sugar, but I’m also one who doesn’t really believe in eliminating foods, including treats.  It’s about balance and paying attention to your body’s fulfillment.  I went through all of my cookbooks and grabbed the one’s that were penned by French chef’s or cooks.  I’m planning and cookingUnknown meals based off of these recipes.  The food is great, full of vegetables, and keeps me full until the next meal.  I really can’t go back to eating low calorie things like Laughing Cow cheese or lite breads.  Why?  Your satisfaction will be better fulfilled eating the real thing. Cravings don’t pop up as often because you’re eating real food all the time; then you don’t spend all of your time dreaming about your “next real meal!”

images-2One more thing, I mentioned in the last post that now I drink wine, eat a cheese course and have dessert.  However, I don’t do this every day or even all at the same time.  It depends on if I can afford the calories that day.  Usually I can and I choose which one’s I want to enjoy.  Sometimes, crazy enough, I don’t want it because I don’t crave it.  It’s like pure magic: once you allow yourself to eat what you want, everything isn’t taboo and you aren’t climbing the walls to eat more, more, more.

I could go on and on.  Really this is just a scratch on the surface.  But I think it’s important, especially for Americans who have gotten spoiled and lazy in their ways of eating. It’s worth thinking about…

The French Paradox

Think It Through Thursday: The French Paradox (Part One)

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I just have to talk about this subject.  It has greatly inspired me.  Many people have heard of The French Paradox, but now I get it a little bit more.  Let me explain.

Lately I have been immersed in the French way of thinking, be it food, dress, decor, philosophy etc.  It’s just a pastime to admire a culture more chic than what I experience on a day-to-day basis, but it really became attractive to me after reading Losing It in France by Sally Asher.  She comes from Australia and has lived in theUnknown-2 U.S. as well.  Sally understood emotional eating and the American (Standard American Diet) way of eating very well.  Then she became familiar with the French concept of eating and approaching food by becoming friendly with some French people and then living in Paris.  Mostly, it seems to be about really paying acute attention to every morsel that goes into one’s mouth.  I’m not talking about measuring or portioning, or being careful about how many calories it has.  I mean that she talks extensively about images-5tasting food, REALLY tasting your food when you eat it.  It suddenly made perfect sense to me. This book should be required reading in junior high schools across the nation.

I am one of those Americans that would eat my breakfast in the car on the way to work hoping and praying that nothing would drip/squirt/spill on to my clothes.  Coffee too.  I had a disaster once.  I had to wear that shame all day and I felt like an idiot.  I also LOVE me some processed treats. (Helloooo chocolate covered marshmallows!) I usually just cram them in as fast as I can because I’m so happy to eat them.  Right before the last bite I’m sad because it will be over all too soon and I’ve already forgotten how good the previous bites were.  I’m also guilty of  preparing too many grocery store heat-and-eat foods.  Although, I do try to buy the least chemicallyimages-4 produced versions. But I must admit to being super lazy sometimes and I just don’t have the energy to shop/prep/cook/clean up after a proper cook-from-scratch meal.  Take-out food (which is different from the latter) is a treat and I don’t usually depend on that for my daily nutritional needs.  These are just a few examples of not really being present or caring about my food/meals, much less fully experiencing it’s taste; there are many more.  I also have timed myself eating a typical meal on several occasions.  The average length is 10 minutes.  Welp, this type of eating fiasco is simply taught against in Sally’s book.

I’ll have to do a full review of her book in another post, but from her viewpoint, as well as others’ that I have read, I have decided to eat more like a French person – complete with cheese course, wine, dessert and all baby.  “WHAT!???” I can hear someone say, “This is supposed to be a diet blog!” Yeah, well, diets ain’t workin’ for me anymore.  I’m tired of eating “diet” food.  Sick of plain rice and vegetables.  Want to puke on dry, un-sauced chicken breasts. Will scream if I ever eat a salad with no dressing on it again. May have a tantrum if I keep having to buy boring sprouted bread that tastes like sawdust gone stale. I’m ready to throw my Laughing Cow cheese out the window……  Nope, no more! Here’s the new plan:

To Be Continued in the Next Post……

Away From Motivation

Inspirational Sunday: Away From Motivation

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Me aboard The U.S.S Iowa

Okay, so I’m showing you are really awkward and unappealing pix of me (in my opinion, of course).  But the purpose is to talk about this concept called “Away From Motivation.” I first heard of it from Renee Stevens on the podcast Inside Out Weight Unknown-1Loss. The basic premise is, your prime motivation to lose weight is to get away from where you are.

It goes something like this: When you first begin the process to actually lose weight, there is a major stress factor on how you look now and how that effects you emotionally.  Thus, when you realize how “ugly and fat” you’ve become, you want to lose weight with a lot of determination.  This motivational ball roller lasts only so long, however.  When you do start to lose weight and your emotions start to calm down; and others tell you how great you look, the momentum of that particular motivation starts to break.  You no longer look and/or feel “ugly and fat” and may even be looking quite hot!  Then and there one must use other motivational factors to keep them going until they reach their ultimate goal.  The idea being – negative motivation  can only last so long. Only being positive will have lasting effects.  Sort of like, you can only be mad at someone for so long.  After a while, you let it go or move on because constantly holding onto a hateful feeling is horribly draining.

For the record, let’s just say I’m still in the Away From Motivation part of the process.  I’ll keep you updated though when this changes. How about you? What motivates you?

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