Keep It Simple Sunday 9.9.18

KISS August 2018

Time for my weekly KISS update, when I check my progress, adjust my strategies, plan my meals, and prepare as much as I can for a successful week of healthy living.

This has been a very odd and hectic two weeks for me. Due to an intense travel schedule (I flew from the east coast to the west coast and back with 48 hours!) and a few major ‘life’ things popping up, I was unable to follow my normally scheduled programming of weighing in each morning and prepping my food for the week. This is a good thing though! This week has been an opportunity to practice staying low carb & keto on the fly when life isn’t exactly cooperating (because life will NOT always cooperate). Airports and airlines are not the easiest to navigate (nor are 9 hour layovers) and stress eating is definitely a threat. I managed to cope with protein bars, nuts, and bunless fast food burgers. It wasn’t the best of times, but it wasn’t the worst of times either.

Moving on, I am back to regularly scheduled programming and will have a week’s worth of stats to share next Sunday. In the meantime, here is my planning for this week.

Week of 9.9.18

The cheeseburger quiche I made for lunch is a recipe from Linda Sue’s website. If you haven’t ever checked it out, you’re welcome. The ingredients were simple…

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After browning the ground beef, mushrooms and onions in bacon grease I had leftover from breakfast (YUM), I placed it in a pie dish and covered it with shredded cheese. Then I mixed 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of mayo and poured the ‘custard’ over the top and baked for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Once crispy, cheesy, ooey gooey, bubbly, and brown, I took it out and portioned into 5 containers for each workday lunch.

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So, that was all the prep I needed this week to ensure I transition back to normal after a couple weeks of cray-cray (life schedule, not eating). I’m looking forward to easing back into a routine and just going through the motions. There is something I find comforting about that and know I need to provide that for myself as a form of self-care whenever possible. Last week, it wasn’t possible; this week, having five containers of cheeseburger quiche in the fridge is making me feel like I am a woman who has her life together. 😉

Hope everyone has a healthy low carb / keto week!

Keep It Simple Sunday 8.26.18

KISS August 2018Time for my weekly KISS update, when I check my progress, adjust my strategies, plan my meals, and prepare as much as I can for a successful week of healthy living.

Let’s start with the progress check. 

Start weight 282 / Current weight 157.6 / Goal weight 141

Today, I am 124.4 pounds down with 16.6 pounds to go to reach my ultimate goal of 141 pounds (exactly half my highest weight of 282 pounds).

My goal for August is to finish the month at 155 pounds. Here is the data from my daily weigh-ins:

  • 8/1- 159
  • 8/2- 159
  • 8/3- 157.8
  • 8/4- 156.4
  • 8/5- 154.6
  • 8/6- 154.6
  • 8/7- 154.6
  • 8/8- 155.6
  • 8/9- 156.6
  • 8/10- 156.6
  • 8/11- 158.6
  • 8/12- 156.6
  • 8/13- 158.6
  • 8/14- 158.6
  • 8/15- 158
  • 8/16- 158
  • 8/17- 156.8
  • 8/18- 155.6
  • 8/19- 154.8
  • 8/20- 154.8
  • 8/21- 155.8
  • 8/22- 155.8
  • 8/23- 155.8
  • 8/24- 155.8
  • 8/25- 156.6
  • 8/26- 157.6

Oooooooo, I have been bouncing up this week! Partly water retention from that very special time of the month (cravings for chocolate have been through the roof!) and partly because I have been stress snacking. Yep, it still happens… even after losing over 100 pounds. The most important thing to remember is, it will happen and it’s best to not dwell and just move on. The last thing you want to do is fall into the cycle of guilt, self-flagellation, restriction, and binging. Best to take it step by step. I am committed to refocusing this week to finish the month of August strong (and at my monthly goal of 155!)

I have an extremely important life event taking place in 9 days. I want to look and feel my very best, so I am partaking in a 9 day VLC (very low carb) food plan to achieve a state of deep ketosis. I could use the clarity and energy (and diuretic effects) that come with ketosis. Here is my food and wellness plan based on this goal.

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Sorry it’s extra blurry this week; I have had a tough day with all of my devices!! Grrrr….

Last week, I was hungrier than usual and think my lunch was a little too light. This week I am upping the protein and fat, so I boiled up 5 HB eggs to have as a grab and go snack as needed. 

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Then I made a Creamy Cajun Chicken Bake to keep my lunches fatty and filling. The topping for the chicken is mayo, canned parm cheese, and Cajun spice. Once mixed together, I smear it over the top of the chicken in a glass dish.

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I decided to grind up a few pork rinds to sprinkle on top just for a little extra crunch. Being the fancy girl that I am, I made the pork rind bread crumbs by putting a few in a baggy and then using the mayo jar as a hammer to smash them up with some Cajun seasoning. Yep, I’m a class act.

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Here is the finished chicken thigh with its ‘crust’ ready for my lunch tomorrow.

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Finally, I made a batch of jello to keep my night snacking VLC. I gave the lime jello a kick with cherry lime sparkling water.

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Once everything was finished, I put my eggs, chicken, and jello in the fridge so I am ready to start my 9 day super duper ketosis meal plan.

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So there it is, the results of another week of Keep It Simple Sunday reflection, planning and prepping. Taking this bit of time to KISS helps me manage my health and wellness goals, which has enabled me to overcome a LIFETIME of obesity. 

As I always say, if I can do it (as a food addicted, binge eating, dysfunctional foodie), I promise you can, too.

Trish’s Dish

KETO Brownie Batter

A huge part of my philosophy is to eat what you love and love what you eat. I decided to look at foods I love and create my own (easy) versions that hit the right flavor or texture profile to allow me to continue to enjoy LOVE the food I eat.

I know I have some peeps like me out there. We don’t have fancy ingredients. We don’t have time. We aren’t ‘chefs’ and don’t necessarily use ‘recipes’… We cook. We throw it together. We want our food to taste comforting and delicious. I couldn’t live without yummy comfort food and I’m willing to bet I’m not alone. 

My offerings aren’t highfalutin, I’m not a food photographer, I don’t have or use kitchen gadgets galore, I’m just a recovering food addict keeping it real in the dated kitchen of my tiny rental. You can always find a way to eat what you love, love what you eat, and lose weight doing it.

This week’s Trish’s Dish offering is Brownie Batter Pudding. It might not photograph well, but you will feel like you are licking the bowl and the spoon on a batch of brownies, I promise! To make it, just warm an ounce or two of cream cheese (1-2 carbs) in the microwave for 15 seconds to soften it. Then mix it up until it is smooth. Next add about a teaspoon (or less, to your taste) of Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (1 carb), a couple drops or packets of your sweetener of choice, and a splash of vanilla or caramel flavored SF syrup. Mix it all together until smooth. When you are feelin’ fancy, sprinkle in some walnuts and top with some Extra Creamy whipped cream. Without the fancy, it is 2-3 carbs total… when I add the nuts (3 carbs) & cream (1 carb) it is still a low carb / keto.

Quick, easy, and keto / low carb friendly. I could NEVER have lost over 125 pounds unless I could enjoy some good eats. You really can eat, lose, and love!

Keep It Simple Sunday 8.19.18

KISS August 2018

Time for my weekly KISS update, when I check my progress, adjust my strategies, plan my meals, and prepare as much as I can for a successful week of healthy living.

Let’s start with the progress check.

Start weight 282 / Current weight 154.8 / Goal weight 141

Today, I am 127.2 pounds down with 13.8 pounds to go to reach my ultimate goal of 141 pounds (exactly half my highest weight of 282 pounds).

My goal for August is to finish the month at 155 pounds. Here is the data from my daily weigh-ins:

  • 8/1- 159
  • 8/2- 159
  • 8/3- 157.8
  • 8/4- 156.4
  • 8/5- 154.6
  • 8/6- 154.6
  • 8/7- 154.6
  • 8/8- 155.6
  • 8/9- 156.6
  • 8/10- 156.6
  • 8/11- 158.6
  • 8/12- 156.6
  • 8/13- 158.6
  • 8/14- 158.6
  • 8/15- 158
  • 8/16- 158
  • 8/17- 156.8
  • 8/18- 155.6
  • 8/19- 154.8

The trend from these daily weigh-ins are a perfect example of why it is important NOT to let the scale be the only way you measure success. If I let myself ride an emotional roller coaster during the ups and downs my body experiences in weight, I’d be a train wreck. Unfortunately, I am speaking from experience.

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More binges have been triggered by that darn scale over the years. Sad when a small bounce on the scale triggers a backslide that results in months (and months) of gaining and struggling. It has taken me a long time to learn this lesson (the hard way), but I am grateful to be in a more zen place with the numbers of the scale.

My food and wellness plan this week reflects a ‘normal-ish’ schedule. I just want to keep carb levels dialed in for ketosis and keep the scale moving in the OVERALL correct direction for the second half of the month.

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This week, I’m excited about my food plan (food makes me so happy!)

The cheese and onion egg salad is made with cream cheese, mayo, yellow mustard, green onions, and a sprinkle of minced onion, salt, and pepper.

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I mixed the yolks with the wet in ingredients to make a rich and creamy dressing and then chopped the egg whites in ‘potato’ sizes and shapes before tossing together. This should give me the mouthfeel of potato salad. I then topped it with asparagus spears that I fried in bacon fat and wrapped in a sliced of prosciutto; it can pass for fancy. As I eat this 3 carb lunch, I will be imagining this…

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… even though on my desk at work, it actually looks like this.

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I am bringing along some pork rinds to use as a vehicle for the egg salad; ups the fat and protein while providing me with a crunch. Here is a lunch prepped for each workday.

For my dinners this week, I will be rotating proteins choices like chicken, steak, sausage, scallops, omelette, and burgers. Veggies on hand include salad fixings, caulirice, baby bella mushrooms, and greens beans. The cheese drawer in the fridge has goat cheese crumbles, feta crumbles, shredded sharp cheddar and a block of English cheddar. Between all of that and my condiments, I expect to enjoy dinner as much as lunch and allocated 13 carbs for this meal. Here is what I made tonight…

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Parmesan crusted chicken, two leftover wings, roasted asparagus, and blue cheese for dipping. 5 carbs total!

To top it off, I splurged on a bar of 90% dark chocolate (Sam’s brand from Walmart has the lowest carbs per square). I like to break one square into little pieces and eat it with a serving of nuts; I allocate 2 carbs for the chocolate square and 6 carbs for the nuts. This week, I have pistachios, walnuts, almonds, and cashews on hand.

So there it is, the results of another week of Keep It Simple Sunday reflection, planning and prepping. Taking this bit of time to KISS helps me manage my health and wellness goals, which has enabled me to overcome a LIFETIME of obesity.

As I always say, if I can do it (as a food addicted, binge eating, dysfunctional foodie), I promise you can, too.

Trish’s Dish

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A huge part of my philosophy is to eat what you love and love what you eat. I decided to look at foods I love and create my own (easy) versions that hit the right flavor or texture profile to allow me to continue to enjoy LOVE the food I eat.

I know I have some peeps like me out there. We don’t have fancy ingredients. We don’t have time. We aren’t ‘chefs’ and don’t necessarily use ‘recipes’… We cook. We throw it together. We want our food to taste comforting and delicious. I couldn’t live without yummy comfort food and I’m willing to bet I’m not alone. 

My offerings aren’t highfalutin, I’m not a food photographer, I don’t have or use kitchen gadgets galore, I’m just a recovering food addict keeping it real in the dated kitchen of my tiny rental. You can always find a way to eat what you love, love what you eat, and lose weight doing it.

This week’s Trish’s Dish offering is a tweak on Eggs Benedict. I fried two eggs over easy, topped them with shredded Italian cheese blend and topped with prosciutto (all bought at Aldi). On the side, I made a hollandaise -ish dip by mixing up some mayo, mustard, grated Parmesan (in the can) and paprika. This is a filling meal with the protein of the eggs and prosciutto and the fat from the mayo and cheese… and all for only 1 carb (from the ounce of cheese).

Quick, easy, and keto / low carb friendly. I could NEVER have lost over 125 pounds unless I could enjoy some good eats. You really can eat, lose, and love!

Keep It Simple Sunday 8.12.18

KISS August 2018Time for my weekly KISS update, when I check my progress, adjust my strategies, plan my meals, and prepare as much as I can for a successful week of healthy living.

Let’s start with the progress check. 

Start weight 282 / Current weight 156.6 / Goal weight 141

Today, I am 125.4 pounds down with 15.6 pounds to go to reach my ultimate goal of 141 pounds (exactly half my highest weight of 282 pounds).

My goal for August is to finish the month at 155 pounds. Here is the data from my daily weigh-ins:

  • 8/1- 159 
  • 8/2- 159 
  • 8/3- 157.8 
  • 8/4- 156.4 
  • 8/5- 154.6 <– all new low weight!
  • 8/6- 154.6
  • 8/7- 154.6
  • 8/8- 155.6
  • 8/9- 156.6
  • 8/10- 156.6
  • 8/11- 158.6
  • 8/12- 156.6

Last week, I mentioned that my weight tends to stall and bounce once I reach a new low (which I did when a I hit 154.6) and wouldn’t you know it?… I bounced up all week. Nothing to obsess over. I just keep my ship steady and my body responds accordingly. There is still plenty of August left to go to ensure I reach (and maintain) my goal of 155 pounds. We can always control our efforts, but we can not always control our results. Focus on the effort.

This upcoming week, it’s back to school; my students return for classes. It will be hectic, but I am looking forward to having my classroom buzzing with excited energy. I teach adults, so it isn’t as stressful as it is for K-12 teachers… I honestly don’t know how they do it! However, it will be a week with slightly higher stress than the norm, so I took that into consideration in my planning.

As I created my meal and wellness plans for the week, I needed to strategize around the facts that my days will be busy, so won’t have a chance to eat lunch until after 1PM (more likely 2PM) and once the students leave for the day, I will have an initial wave of exhaustion as I get back in the school day groove. That late lunch paired with fatigue requires a filling and satisfying food choice. Here is what I settled on…

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My cheeseburgers are quarter pounders made with 80% lean ground beef (the fattier, the better). This powerful protein and fat combo will be the punch I need to switch gears and spend the afternoon getting ahead catching up on paperwork. I seasoned them with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, a little Montreal seasoning, salt and pepper and cooked them in bacon fat in a frying pan (gotta’ love low carb / keto). I topped with a slice of Colby Jack and put a mayo/SF ketchup mix on the side for dipping. Easy prep, filling (and yummy) lunch.

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Now, I know you want me to talk about the chocolate raspberry nut cheesecake whip listed in my food plan as my evening snack. I plan to take some pictures of it when I make it tonight and use it as one of my Trish’s Dish posts this week, so do check back for photos of the prepared snack. It is simply cream cheese, SF raspberry syrup, unsweetened powdered cocoa, and nuts mixed together into a heavenly concoction. Sweet, fatty, filling, low carb / keto. 

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As far as my wellness goals this week, I am going to utilize Intermittent Fasting (IF) since I won’t have time to eat until the afternoon anyway. I also set a low water intake goal this week (1 liter minimum), for two reasons. One, I know I will struggle to find time to drink during instruction and two, I know I will struggle to find time to use the restroom during instruction. Truth. The first few weeks of school are CRAY-ZEE!

So there it is, the results of another week of Keep It Simple Sunday reflection, planning, and prepping. Taking this bit of time to KISS helps me manage my health and wellness goals, which has enabled me to overcome a LIFETIME of obesity. 

As I always say, if I can do it (as a food addicted, binge eating, dysfunctional foodie), I promise you can, too.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucauld

A huge part of my philosophy is to eat what you love and love what you eat. When I first started my journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I stalked many blogs, websites, and forums and sometimes got intimidated by the complicated recipes, long ingredient lists, and the amount of time it looked like many people were able to commit to cooking. In the famous words of Johnny Cash and June Carter, “It ain’t me babe.” 

Then I realized my all or nothing/black and white thinking was striking again! This perfectionism always sabotaged my weight loss efforts and I know I needed to change this to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

I decided to look at foods I love and create my own (easy) versions that hit the right flavor or texture profile to allow me to continue to enjoy LOVE the food I eat.

Moving forward, I’m going to start sharing some of my dishes. At first, I was hesitant to do this because there are so many great food blogs out there and I know my offerings (and photos) might look quite pathetic compared to most, but you know what? I know I have some peeps like me out there. We don’t have fancy ingredients. We don’t have time. We aren’t ‘chefs’ and don’t necessarily use ‘recipes’… We cook. We throw it together. We create dishes for ourselves (and our family). We just want our food to taste comforting and delicious.

I couldn’t live without yummy comfort food and I’m willing to bet I’m not alone. I’m not going to let my perfectionism stop me from sharing my meals and snacks with you. I’m keeping it real. After all, I’ve now lost 128 pounds and people are always asking me, “What do you eat?”

So without further ado, here is my first (humble) share of one of my healthier go-to dishes.

Sausage Cauli Primavera

I just diced some onions and mushrooms and fried them in some extra virgin olive oil. Then I halved a few grape tomatoes and tossed them in too. Then I sliced some spinach and feta chicken sausage links (Aldi brand) and put those in the pan to brown and caramelize. Meanwhile, I microwaved some frozen cauliflower rice and, yep, you guessed it… tossed it in the pan. Stir. Stir. I sprinkled with some canned grated Parmesan, garlic powder, paprika, salt & pepper. Added some butter and let it all mingle. Once I put it on the plate, I topped with Parmesan crisps and a few scallions and called it Sausage & Caulirice Primavera (12 carbs). Dinner… done (in 20 minutes).

Keep It Simple Sunday 8.5.18

KISS August 2018

Time for my weekly KISS update, when I check my progress, adjust my strategies, plan my meals, and prepare as much as I can for a successful week of healthy living.

Let’s start with the progress check. 

Start weight 282 / Current weight 154.6 / Goal weight 141

Today, I am 127.4 pounds down with 13.6 pounds to go to reach my ultimate goal of 141 pounds (exactly half my highest weight of 282 pounds).

Here is the data from my daily weigh-ins:

  • 8/1- 159
  • 8/2- 159
  • 8/3- 157.8
  • 8/4- 156.4
  • 8/5- 154.6

What?! On August first, I set a monthly goal to lose 4 pounds this month and reach 155. Here it is on the 5th and I’ve already exceeded it. No complaints here! I’m not going to readjust my goal though, because I find that sometimes my weight loss comes in spurts and stalls; I may very well spend the rest of the month bouncing/maintaining and I will still be able to call the month a win. If I manage to wiggle down a few more pounds, cool. 

I have a couple of odd food days this week that I needed to strategize for when making my meal plan. First one is an all day training off site that includes a lunch. The lunch menu is a pasta dish with garlic bread and a brownie for dessert… Um, no. The second odd food event is a potluck staff meeting. Gotta’ bring something to please a crowd that fits into my low carb/keto way of eating (WOE). No prob.

So here is my basic plan for my ‘normal days’ and then I will share my plan for the two ‘odd days’…

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For my three ‘normal days,’ I prepped the egg and chicken salad and put both in a larger container that I will keep in the work fridge. This way I can portion out a serving and eat it with my pork rinds and sparkling water.

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At the off site training, I don’t feel like lugging around a thermal bag with a lunch needed to stay cool, so I opted to enjoy a Quest protein bar and a pack of pistachios. These two items combined are filling and delicious and will keep me on track.

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I’m not a fan of potluck. In fact, I call it Passive Aggressive Potluck, because I join in quite reluctantly (with a smile). It’s just that so many people follow so many different eating plans and nutritional guidelines… then you have to keep the item cool or hot… or find a way to heat on site… and transport the needed serving utensils… then the pressure to sample the contributions of others even if it is not part of YOUR nutritional plan or to your taste… then you have to bring home leftovers that you don’t even want to eat because so many people breathed on it/touched it/who knows what…

I know, I know, I’m a party pooper. To keep myself on plan, I will be bringing a Tex Mex Shrimp quiche (crust-less and low carb of course). One dish, a pie cutter, no need to reheat. Done. I will make it fresh Wednesday, so couldn’t prep it today like I’d prefer (another reason to feel passive aggressive).

Finally, I found some sugar-free ice cream treats at Aldi this week and thought I’d give them a whirl. Made with Splenda and 3 carbs each. It’s August and I live in Florida. Sometimes you just want to eat frozen things. I also made sure I had some individual nut packs on hand for when I need to crunch. The small bags work better for me, because I can go overboard with nuts (especially cashews and peanuts). These are only 3 carbs each.

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So there it is, the results of another week of Keep It Simple Sunday reflection and planning and prepping. Taking this bit of time to KISS helps me manage my health and wellness goals, which has enabled me to overcome a LIFETIME of obesity. 

If I can do it (as a food addicted, binge eating, dysfunctional foodie), I promise you can, too.

 

August – New Month, New Goal

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It’s the first of the month, so it’s time to reflect on last month’s progress and set a new monthly goal. In July, I fell short of reaching my monthly goal of 155 lbs. I got down to 157.8 pounds (weighed in at 160.4 on 7/1/18), but with my excursion to the Pacific Northwest (and the less than stellar eating that took place there) I am finishing the month at 159 pounds for a net loss of 1.4 pounds. A loss is a loss!

If I was a little earlier in my weight loss journey, that might feel disappointing, but having already lost over 120 pounds I can tell you that some months the weight loss is fast and some months it’s slow. The key to success is to keep facing the right direction and stepping forward.

… and that is why I love the first of the month (except the fact that rent is due). The first of the month allows me to let the curtains close behind me on all the goings on of the previous month and just focus on looking forward at a new, fresh and shiny opportunity. Hellooooo August! Let’s see what we can accomplish. 🙂

This month, I am keeping the goal of reaching 155 pounds. To meet that goal, I need to lose at a rate of 1 lb. per week, which at this point is a healthy one and if I happen to exceed that, it will be low carb gravy baby!

Goal for August = 155 lbs

  • 8/1- 159

So there you have it. By taking just a few moments on the first of the month, I have refocused my health goals, renewed my positive energy, and feel confident that I am starting August off on the right foot. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you do the same.

Keep It Simple Sunday 7.29.18

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Time for my weekly KISS update, when I check my progress, adjust my strategies, plan my meals, and prepare as much as I can for a successful week of healthy living.

Let’s start with the progress check. 

Start weight 282 / Current weight 159 / Goal weight 141

Today, I am 123 pound down with 18 pounds to go to reach my ultimate goal of 141 pounds (exactly half my highest weight of 282 pounds).

Here is the data from my daily weigh-ins:

  • 7/1- 160.4
  • 7/2- 160.4
  • 7/3- 161.2
  • 7/4- 160.6
  • 7/5- 159.8
  • 7/6- 159.8
  • 7/7- 159
  • 7/8- 158.4
  • 7/9- 158.4
  • 7/10- 158.4
  • 7/11- 158.4
  • 7/12- 158.4
  • 7/13- 158.4
  • 7/14- 157.8
  • 7/15- 157.8
  • 7/16- 159.6
  • 7/17- 159.6
  • 7/18- 159
  • 7/19- 158.4
  • 7/20- 158.4
  • 7/21- DNW: Traveling
  • 7/22- DNW: Traveling
  • 7/23- DNW: Traveling
  • 7/24- DNW: Traveling
  • 7/25- 164.6
  • 7/26- 163.4
  • 7/27- 160.8
  • 7/28- 159
  • 7/29- 159

Since I was traveling in the Pacific Northwest, I did not weigh (DNW) for four days. I’ll be honest, I was quite pleased to return from that trip with ONLY a 5.2 pounds gain and let me tell you why. 

First, my metabolism is damaged from a lifetime of obesity and I can easily pile on ten pounds in a weekend of overeating. Second, I did not consider the nutritional value of anything I put in my mouth during that trip. Instead, I nurtured my foodie ways and enjoys seasonal, regional delights… and oh my, there was plenty of that to be enjoyed! Third, a decent amount of that weight gain was bloating from the long return flight (Washington to Florida). 

I also think the amount of walking we did on our trip helped counteract the overall damage, hence the mere 5.2 lbs gain. As you can see from the daily stats, I dropped 4.6 of those pounds in 4 days, further proving it was mostly water retention. Overall, I’m a happy camper with this morning’s weigh-in and to be where I am.

Upon my return, I stepped on the scale first thing in the morning and got right back to my healthier way of eating. It’s so cool that I can say that healthy eating is my new ‘normal’ and that the overindulging that took place on the trip felt situational and temporary. It used to be the other way around; I would overindulge daily and occasionally string together a few days of healthy eating. Oh how things have changed (thankfully!)

Now it’s time to look ahead to strategize and plan for the week. Since I am not returning to work until August 1st, I don’t need to do any food prep today. However, I did plan my menu and make my shopping list. Here is what I settled on to help me shake off the last bit of vacation weight:

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Since I am able to prepare my lunch fresh at home, I have decided to enjoy a variety of omelettes this week. I have great fillings on hand like prosciutto, bacon, portabella mushroom, scallion, tomato, onion and then a plethora of cheeses such as goat cheese, feta cheese, Italian shredded cheese, Colby Jack shredded cheese, Chipotle cheese. Yeah… I love cheese.

This plan will get me through until I return to work, which happens to coincide with the first of the month. That’s when I take a moment to reflect on my monthly progress on a whole (because the daily & weekly data doesn’t always show overall trends) and make a new monthly goal for August. That means I have a few more days to finish July strong! A few days of omelettes should help. 🙂

So there it is, the results of another week of Keep It Simple Sunday reflection and planning (minus the prep). Taking this bit of time to KISS helps me manage my health and wellness goals, which has enabled me to overcome a LIFETIME of obesity. 

If I can do it (as a food addicted, binge eating, dysfunctional foodie), I promise you can, too.