Well, that title is deceiving! There is nothing Stripped down about this menu! I am eating some delicious combinations of foods that I would not have thought of. I do want to make mention of the fact that I have not calculated how many calories I am eating a day at this point and am not totally sure of my macro's. I do plan to look at that today. I want to give myself totally over to the plan and have so far . . . however, I don't want to be foolish and sabotage myself. Here is what I mean about that. A couple times this week I have been starving like I have never been before. I know I am eating enough by volume and I keep telling myself that it is okay to be hungry and that delayed gratification is a discipline worth developing. BUT, I want to be careful to not allow myself to feel deprived and trigger a binge episode. I have full faith that I would rebound from a binge basically unscathed at this point in my weight loss, but I don't like that feeling of "I have to have something NOW".
I realized last night that this might be problematic if I didn't pay close attention to how I am feeling, how rested and how hydrated I am. My photographer had finished my photos and had sent me a link that showed a slide show of the photos. At the photo session she had asked me if I would send her some of my before pictures. I thought maybe she would do some split screen photos for me or something like that. I sent her four photos. One when I had lost 10 lbs., one when I had lost 20 lbs. and the other two were the first time I took pictures that showed my stomach, January 2010, weighing 210 lbs.
As I opened the slide show the music started . . . "firework" by Katie Perry. Perfect song! There was my before picture and the next photo in the slide was a current picture. She had taken photos of me in three outfits, two showing my tummy and one in street clothes. In some of the photos she focused in on just my tummy area. I was uncomfortable at the idea of having photos of just my tummy. I can't use a smile or a pose or anything to distract attention away from my stretch marks if it is just my tummy. Well, one of those photos was in the slide show. And looking at the before picture and the rolls (multiple ones) that I had and then seeing the tummy only pics with stretch marks . . . I have to say, I would not change a thing. I now have a new appreciation and maybe even a love of my stretch marks. A new level of acceptance maybe.
Anyway, my family was very proud of me and they were giving me hugs and lots of love. And we were all chattering about 'back then'. One of my sons said "Don't you want some donuts right now?" and my husband said "Or maybe your favorite Entenmann's Rasberry Danish?" And I emphatically said "Please, please do not bring those into the house, not now!" My oldest son said "Mom, you have been able to pass up all kinds of temptations and even had little treats without it being a problem." And I explained that right now I was having trouble with feeling hungry and did not trust myself to just have a bite or a bit. He very wisely said "Well, maybe this isn't the plan for you long term." I agreed, long term it is not the plan for me, but it is a 28 day process that I have given myself to and will continue to monitor. Last night did prove to me though that that tendency to binge is still there, receded, but there.
Let's go to the table and see what tasty foods we find!
Oatmeal, 1/2 banana, walnuts and 4 scrambled egg whites (not pictured)
Chicken Breast and Steamed Green Beans
Salad of Fresh Spinach, Radishes, Strawberries, Leftover London Broil
A pear and a protein shake (1 scoop protein powder w/water)
Dinner was delicious and the serving size was ample. This however may be why I was hungry. Soups alone never leave me feeling satisfied. I always want a salad or crackers or even just a side of chicken breast.
My energy is high, I am sleeping well, I drink enormous amounts of water! My tummy is flattening and I have stepped on the scale and the numbers are going down. I will wait until Sunday to do measurements, pictures and report my week one weight loss.
Oh, if you want to see the picture slide show from my photographer, here is the link:
May you be encouraged, inspired, motivated, and supported on your journey to being your best self NOW!