First of all, let me tell you all that I have enjoyed reading everyone's blogs during the week. You are all an inspiration to me and I feel motivated when I read what everyone is up to and I see that you are all finding a way to get fit and healthy. Bravo to all of you.
My week went by so fast. Watched the Superbowl with the family (I watch purely for the commercials) and ate the forbidden foods. I still counted as many calories as I could but my plan to have veggies and dip and shrimp just didn't work out. Oh, well. Instead of dwelling on an overeating failure, I resolved to treat the family to a very healthy and vegetable filled dinner on Monday. We had tofu and shrimp stir fry with noodles. Lots of veggies. They enjoyed it.
I have to say something about planning and preparation. I cannot stress how much meal planning and preparation have helped me. On Friday night we - as a family - decide what we want to eat. From the meal plan, I make a shopping list and we shop on Saturday. Saturday afternoon, I take an hour to prep our meals - I'll chop the veggies and package up things for each meal (or as many as possible). I try to delegate some of the work to the kids as well. Then I prepare a few meals to pop in the freezer until needed. I come home from work and all I need to do is pop that meal in the oven and I have me-time to exercise or do something else.
This has been a life changer for me. You see, I am a "nosher." That is, I will eat if food is in front of me.This way, I am out of the kitchen during the "witching hour" of 4pm-6pm. No noshing.
I've also discovered some fantastic snacks: Frozen grapes, 10 almonds, clementines, and cherry tomatoes. Not all at once, but these foods provide me with the feeling that I am eating a lot, but not really. I'll take a bowl of 10 frozen grapes and 10 almonds - 89 calories, 2 clementines are 70 calories. 10 cherry tomatoes - 30 calories. (I keep those on the kitchen counter for easy reach).
In the past my diets have all failed because I looked at them as a diet. This is a way of life. Plan as much as you can but make room for improvisation because life happens. If you mess up one meal, make changes in the next meal, not the next day or next Monday, or whatever.
Total weight loss since Jan 8 - 7.1lbs. Yay!