So I have confessed that I have had weight gain the past several months. Well, back up to 197 is not a good feeling!! I had been maintaining for several months, and as my friend Beth pointed out, maintaining is difficult to do. At least I haven’t been gaining this entire time.
Putting on the weight has been very easy to do. Getting it back off (especially at 51 years of age) is hard. I saw my weight loss doctor and nutritionist for my 18 month check up, and they suggested I do a reset. The reset is titled “Getting Back on Track!”, and I began on Monday. I am doing a liquid fast (juices, jello, no protein shakes or solid foods) for at least two to three days. I didn’t want to start it before Thanksgiving or the Bestie weekend…so three weeks from Christmas I begin again.
I hadn’t been exercising either. So Monday, got up (later than normal but got up), and walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Not great, but it is a start – again. David and I are signed up for the 5k that we did a year ago. I had high hopes for cutting down my time, but now all I want to do is be able to finish again.
It is frustrating how easy it is to lose track of a habit that benefits me. I love the effects the weight loss surgery has given me (a great tool), but it still takes effort and work. Nothing is easy (apparently putting the weight on is!), but I know that I am not perfect and the baby steps have begun again.
Journey to healthy…again.
Today marked my six weeks accomplished (I have used that word more in the past 4 days) with continuing in the program.
You can opt out of weighing, but I decided to get on the scale. I am 11.5 lbs lighter. I haven’t done the measurements, and need to as my clothes are much looser. Any pound that is gone from me is one I will not miss. So I am thrilled with the results. Almost 2 pounds a week for a loss. Great!
I have struggled, been tempted to cheat, not continue, and just give up several times. I have had encouraging friends and family to keep me going. My goal is to be a healthy me. Whatever that weight is, I know that it is much less of me now.
So, God is in control of my habits. Trying to get a handle on letting go when I give things to God. I am good with giving Him everything, but then take it back when He doesn’t answer when I want him to, or how I want Him to answer.
I have been on the Prism diet for a little bit, and have lost a little. This soup/stew makes it much easier to do. And this soup is down right yummy! For 250 calories per cup, and I am full with 1 1/2 cups. No pictures this time, or the last time, but I will try the next time.
4 frozen chicken breasts
2 jars picante sauce 12 oz (I used medium salsa)
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans corn drained
1 brick cream cheese 1/3 less fat
Layer in a crock pot, cook on high until chicken is done, or at least six hours. Take out chicken breasts and shred with a fork. Place chicken back into pot, and stir in cream cheese. Cook another 30 minutes. Serve hot.
My hubby likes it with tortilla chips, as does my 15 year old son. He will eat four cups if I would let him. Enjoy!
Trying…needs to be thrown out the door. Diets are just that…diets. We (Carmen and I) have decided to go through our pantry and throw out what needs to go…some of this stuff has been in there since we moved in (6 years ago), and needs to go. Other stuff we just don’t use, haven’t used, will not use.
Change in mind set…not something so restrictive that I feel like I am punishing myself when I blow it, then justify it by saying it is okay today. But it is a daily battle. Constant. Consistent. Healthy.
One cookbook that has been changing the rules is Rocco Dispirto’s Now Eat This Diet.
I purchased it at Books-A-Million about a month ago. It has sat on the desk, or by the couch for that long as well. Carmen picked it up today, and asked if we could try some of the recipes. Absolutely. Not that I want to do all of the diet…never do…but some of the changes he makes are awesome, and completely doable. What I need to concentrate on is portion size. It has always been my downfall.
Okay, my plan is to work on this over the weekend. Pantry is cleaned out, and fresh veggies are in the fridge…now to plan the menu for next week.
I will keep you updated on this plan of mine…