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Challenging Myself This Week

Sunday afternoon I had a conversation with Aunt Janice in which I expressed my desire to jump start my weight-loss again, and she suggested the same thing that Leslie suggested last month.  She said I should cut out carbohydrates for a week and that it would yield great results so I’ve been giving it a try all week.

I’m not following any specific plan. I’m just eating lean protein, an ounce or so of nuts and leafy greens.  I am eating very few carbs, and the carbs I’m eating are healthy ones (not processed.)

I thought it would be terribly difficult, especially since I don’t spend much time at home, but it has been totally manageable.  I’ve been with The Suit a lot this week, and instead of going out like we normally would, we’ve made a conscious effort to eat at (his) home.  He makes the best eggs ever, and I think tonight’s dinner menu will include salmon and leafy greens.  He’s already in great shape, but like the rest of us, when he eats better he feels better so this has been good for both of us.

When I started this challenge Monday morning I knew I wanted to make it through the day, but I wasn’t sure how I would do it.  I’ve been taking it one step at a time, and that seems to be working.  My goal is to eat foods that are high in protein and low in carbs until Sunday (and beyond that, of course) at which point I’ll step on the scale and compare my weight to last week’s weigh-in.  I’m curious to see how the numbers differ, but I’m guessing that I’ll weigh less than I did last week.

I’ve had three solid workouts this week as well, and I’ll complete another one today before a meeting in the afternoon and seeing The Suit in the evening.

I know I can eat carbs and lose weight.  They’re even good for us sometimes, but being in control of what I’m eating again feels good.  Reaching my daily goals and being consistent feels good.

I’m watching my portions without obsessing over them, and I feel like I’m back in control.  That’s a feeling that I haven’t experienced in quite some time, but it’s a feeling I love more than most.  It makes me feel like I can win the battle within myself, and I can’t tell you how much hope I’ve found in making good choices once again.

Have you ever cut out carbs?   Do you pay attention to the amount you eat in a typical day?

 

 

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Goals and More

I’m trying hard to push forward in regards to my health, and short-term goals seem to be a great way to take steps forward.  I’m heading out at 5am for a walk/run with a group of dedicated friends from the gym in the hopes that I’ll become a morning workout fanatic.

Update: Just finished a 5k at 5am.  What a great way to start a Monday! 

I love FMM because it’s such a great way for friends to make friends, but this week it’s so much more than that for me.  This week I want to lay it all out, and I’m asking you to do the same.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Goals and More

 

1. Brag about some of your daily, healthy habits.  I drink a lot of water, and I do not drink soda of any kind.

2. Do you track your daily food intake? If so, how? I used to track my WW points, but now I track calories. I had been seriously slacking, but now I am writing it all down even when I don’t want to.

3. What do you want to change most about your daily routine?  I want to stop craving unnecessary snacks.  Some people don’t really think about food often, and I want to be like that.

4. How often do you exercise?  Several times a week.

5. How do you stay on track when you’re on the go? I don’t always do a good job of that which sucks because I’m on the go pretty often.  When I go to school I bring food so I know I’m eating something healthy, but I need to be much more diligent when I travel.

6. What’s one excuse you use that prevents you from reaching your goals?  I tell myself to worry about it tomorrow.  Sure, tomorrow is a new day, but that’s no reason to let this one go to crap because of one lousy choice.

7. What scares your most about your journey? Failing.  I mean, I guess I’ve come far enough to know that I’m not a failure, but I want to start finishing what I started.  That phrase has been resonating in my mind lately, and I’m ready to accomplish it.

8. What do you think will change most when you reach your goal? (If you have reached it, what’s different?)  I already believe in myself more than I did when I started this journey, but I think I’ll believe in myself more than I do now.

9. What motivates you to reach your goals?  I’m motivated by all kinds of things.  I want to be pretty, and I want to be accomplished.  I want to run at the speed that my brain wishes it could.  I want to wear nicer clothes and high-heels.  I want to tell the world that anything is possible and be living proof.  I want to be proud of the person I am.

10. Share a few of your goals.  I’m focusing on short-term goals right now which I’ll talk more about in a later post, but here are a few:

  • get back into an intense, heart-pounding workout groove (4-5 times per week)
  • drink at least 96 oz of water per day. (I used to drink a gallon, but I’m not sure it’s necessary. I’ll ask for opinions on that later this week too.)
  • start everyday with fruits and/or veggies
  • track my food intake
  • eat 1,200 calories or less
Now it’s your turn to fill out this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments.  Happy Monday, friends!

 

Honest Answers

There are times in which I get comments on my blog that I don’t like, and sometimes when that happens I delete them.  I don’t mind if someone shares an opposing view, but after some of the bitterly scathing comments I’ve received over the last year I’ve decided that it’s okay to draw a line.

After appearing on Nightline in May I got a lengthy comment from someone who started by calling me names and telling me how gross I am before detailing (in several paragraphs) how he would rape me, why I deserved it and which “instruments” he’d use.  At that point I decided that it was okay to censor the comments, and I do.  I send comments from the nasty trolls who are,  for whatever reason, obsessed with me straight to the garbage too.

Most comments, even the most vitriolic, usually roll off my back without worry, but once in a while I receive a comment that really pisses me off.  The latest one doesn’t seem to be snarky so much as judgmental, but I didn’t like it so I sent it to the spam folder.  The messages in that folder typically get deleted without being read, but I saved this comment because I knew I wanted to address it.  I just needed some time to reflect on it first.  Here’s the crux of the comment:

“I’m fairly new around here, and no offense at all meant, but I don’t really see much about your progress these days other than mention of workouts and what not. Every once in a while I’ll see a cupcake reference. But where’s the “meat” of your journey these days. How are you really doing on the scale and mentally with your weight loss? I know sometimes we start off real with our blogs then get nervous as the number of subscribers rise. Just want to encourage you to post some real posts letting us know where you are, and what your struggles are, and update that weigh-ins tab every now and then because we can’t support you unless we know where you really are. :)

Here’s my honest answer:

I pour my heart out here so if you don’t know who I am it’s because you’re not reading.  Since I started this blog I have been painfully honest about my strengths, faults, realizations, fears, accomplishments, etc., and  I take pride in the fact that I don’t write anything  just because I think people want to hear it.  If I did that, I’d have a very different blog – perhaps a more successful one.

Here’s the thing…This journey is hard for me, and I don’t pretend it’s not.  Losing the first hundred pounds wasn’t terribly difficult at the time, but losing the second hundred feels nearly impossible.  The truth is that I resent the fact that I’ve lost over 100 pounds, and that I still have so much to lose.  Most people lose 100 pounds and find that their lives and bodies are completely different, but I’m still fat.  I still don’t know what it’s like to feel sexy or pretty.  I workout like a maniac, and I still don’t know what it feels like to run five miles. I hate what I did to my body, and I hate that I still don’t seem to have everything under control.

My blog has definitely played a huge role in my health, in so much as I’ve managed to keep off over 100 pounds, but I struggle every single day with where to go from here.

I suppose I was offended by this comment because I don’t pretend to be losing weight when I’m not.  I haven’t bothered updating my weight-loss log because I fluctuate between the same few pounds, and I have been for ages.  I finally broke through a major scale barrier recently only to go a few pounds above that number again.  It’s frustrating.  How many times can I possibly say the same thing?

But there’s a fair question here that I had to take some time to seriously contemplate before I could even attempt to answer it.

How are you really doing on the scale and mentally with your weight loss?

Well, I think it’s obvious that I’m not doing as well as I could be doing.  I should be doing more, but I haven’t been.  I could make excuses, but honestly I feel lost and unable to carve out a new groove.  I start the day strong, but as evening approaches I find myself throwing caution to the wind with my food choices.  A voice is my head says “screw it, let’s try again tomorrow.” I fight those feelings from around dusk until I fall into bed almost every night.

Working out makes me happy.  I love endorphins, but I’ve been discouraged by that lately too.  Sure, I’ve burned some calories, but it’s been several weeks since I had an earth shattering workout that makes me feel like I can take on the world.  I love that feeling, and as I write about it I’m inspired to crush a workout today.

I don’t have excuses for why it’s hard, or why I’ve lacked focus for far so long.  God knows I don’t want to quit, but I also have to admit that I’ve been doing just enough to get by. I’m not eating so much that I’ll put the hundred pounds back on, but I’m eating too much to keep losing.  I’m still obese, and I still have so much work to do! That realization makes me feel like a failure, and that’s not easy to admit on my blog or in my own mind.

Food is my nemesis, but too often I treat it like it’s my best friend.   I know that it shouldn’t be either of those things, but I don’t know how to change it.  I don’t know how to convince myself that I don’t need as much of it as I want.  I don’t know how to squelch any of these feelings, and that makes me feel like a failure too.

Look, I certainly don’t eat everything my brain tells me  to eat.  I say no to myself all the time, but I still say yes far too often.  I know I should have this figured out by now, and I did for a while.  But right now I’m back at square one, and I’m terrified.

I know that I have to eat less if I want to see the numbers steadily decrease again. I also know that regardless of what anyone else wants for me I have to be strong by myself.  And as much as I wish I could fix this through surgery or pills, the fact of the matter is that I have to deal with my emotions and how they pertain to food.  I know this.  I know what I’m supposed to do, but I don’t know how to convince myself to do it.

I don’t know how to convince myself that I’m worth the effort everyday.  I don’t feel like I’m worth it, and that’s the reality of where I am right now.

I know that major weight-loss is possible – even for me, but I don’t know how to move forward.  I’m a totally different person than I was 100 pounds ago, and going back is not an option.  I just want to go forward.  I don’t know when I’ll be ready to put one foot in front of the other again, and I don’t know if it will ever get easier.  All I know is that I won’t give up no matter what everyone else thinks of me.

This journey is about a lot more than losing weight.  It’s about learning to love myself, being honest with myself and learning to truly accept myself.  It’s about dealing with my emotions instead of hiding from them, and it’s about becoming content with the person I am as I strive to be better.  That’s the “meat” of my journey, and I’m pretty sure that as I figure those things out the weight will start coming off again.

Until then, I’m going to keep trying to convince myself that I’m worth it.  I don’t know what else to do.

 

 

Kenlie’s Cooking At Home with Calphalon Challenge: Week 2

This cooking at home thing has its ups and downs.  I’m busier this week than usual, but I’ve tried to create fun and healthy meals at home.  Unfortunately, I suck at taking pictures of my cooking so bear with me.

I wanted something light for lunch one afternoon so I attempted to make my own version of the chicken lettuce wraps that I love to order at P.F. Chang’s and Pei Wei.  Though mine weren’t as good as the ones I’d get in a restaurant, they were still excellent.  And at 120 calories per serving, I think they’re definitely worth making again.

And check out Mel’s meals at www.thedailymel.com!  They look incredible!  She’s the winner of last week’s challenge which means she’ll receive a set of Unison Omelet Pans courtesy of Calphalon!  Congrats, Mel!  I’ll send an e-mail your way later today requesting your details!

If you’re participating in the Calphalon challenge then here’s your task for this week!  It’s not too late to join the fun.  Like last week, cook five meals at home.  This time I’m asking you to make your meals vegetable dense.  I’m thinking soup, stew, stir-fry.  Get creative, and get cooking!

The winner of this week’s challenge will win a 13-in Calphalon Unison Wok with a cover courtesy of Calphalon.  I seriously wish I could win it!  Isn’t it beautiful?!

 If you’re taking part in the challenge, I hope you’re enjoying the meals you create at home.  And if you haven’t taken part, it’s not too late.  Just click here for the details.

Have a great weekend, friends….

 

Kenlie’s “Cook At Home with Calphalon” Challenge

I’ve been toying with the idea of a challenge for a while, but I wanted to come up with something that would be truly challenging for me.  And I’ve figured it out.  I want you to join me over the next month as I strive to make cooking at home my top priority.

Over the next four weeks, I’m challenging myself to eat at home at least 5 times per week! To some of you that may not seem like a big deal, and that’s fantastic!  But my travel schedule and responsibilities outside of my house makes cooking at home that often seems like a daunting task!

In my life sometimes dining out is necessary, but I’m the first to admit that I do it far more often than I should.  Surely I’m not the only one who does that!  I would imagine that most of us could benefit from eating at home more often so Calphalon has decided to offer some incredible incentives over the next four weeks to get us excited about cooking healthy meals at home.

 

Here’s what you have to do in order to participate in the challenge:

~ Leave a comment below telling me that you are officially joining the four-week challenge.  **You can enter anytime for a chance to win the weekly prize, but you must enter no later than Wednesday, June 13th to be eligible for the Grand Prize.**

~ Cook at least 5 healthy meals at home each week, and snap a picture of  one or more of those meals. **They won’t be judged based on their appearance.  It’s just a fun and easy way to be sure that people are participating.**

Post a link to the photos on your *blog each week , and submit your link on the Calphalon Challenge Page at the top of my blog no later than 11pm central on Wednesday.  **You can post the photos on your own blog, elsewhere online or send via e-mail as long as we can all see them.**  (You’ll receive 3 entries for this.)

Once you have officially entered, you can receive additional entries for the weekly drawings by doing the following:

  • Follow @Calphalon on twitter, and tell them thanks or that @alltheweigh says hi! (one entry)
  • Like Calphalon on Facebook, and tell them Kenlie from alltheweigh.com sent you! (one entry) **Feel free to say hi to me on Facebook too though you won’t receive an entry for that.  I just like talking to you. :)**
  • Blog about the challenge (linking to this post) on your own blog!  Come back and leave a link so I can see it.  (two entries)

This week’s winner will receive Calphalon Unison Nonstick 2-piece 8″ & 10″ Omelet Pan Set.  I have owned these for several months, and they make me feel like an omelet making extraordinaire. 😉

There are many ways to win,  and there will be opportunities to win all month so join the fun!  Let’s make cooking healthy meals at home a priority this month.
I hope I’m not forgetting anything.  If I am,  I suppose I’ll update later.  So who’s up for the challenge?

 

*All opinions in this post are mine, and I have not been paid to endorse these products. Calphalon will provide the winning product to one winner each week. I will alert the winner via e-mail and the winner will have 48 hours to respond from the time the e-mail is sent.  Resident must be 18 years or older and live in the US.

 

All About Food, Or More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About What I’m Eating

Yesterday I asked for dinner suggestions, and you didn’t let me down.  To those of you who shared your ideas, thank you!  It’s incredible to know that when I have a question or a problem that so many of you are here to help me solve it.

When I started reading through yesterday’s comments my first thought was “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

Among other things,  Tina, Liz and Kris suggested hummus, and immediately I knew I’d add that to my list.  Stevie suggested grilling kebabs that are loaded with veggies because they’re delicious even when they’re cold, and Becky mentioned oatmeal.  How did I forget oatmeal?!

There were so many great suggestions that I think I’ll make it through this Summer session just fine.  (I wasn’t so sure of that last night.)

Here’s what I came up with for today’s lunch…

One Cup of Homemade Three Bean Chili (made by me)

For dinner I packed a variety of things, and I’m bringing enough to share because I’m not the only one who needs to eat dinner even though I’m probably the only one thinking about dinner. Ha!  (Hey Shannon, tell your “shy inner dork” to come say hi to the blogger nerd today, and have a snack if you want to.)

No, I don't plan to eat all of this by myself.

 

Here’s a breakdown of calories in my bento-style dinner and snacks:

Remember, I’m only eating a portion (less than half) of it…

  • 2 tbsp hummus – 70
  • half of the carrots – 50
  • half of the cucumbers – 40
  • FlatOut bread – 100
  • Turkey – 90
  • Ham – 50

*****Snack*****

  • Genoa Salami – 135
  • 2 flatbread crackers – 60
  • 1 oz Brie – 110

For breakfast, I’ll eat a green smoothie made with vanilla whey protein, skim milk, fresh spinach, strawberries and half of a banana.  And since we’re already on the subject, it contains roughly 177 calories.

I’ll also supplement my meals with a Caesar Salad before or during lunch.  My salads are delicious and only 90 calories (because I’m heavy on the romaine – not the dressing.)

Overall, I’m prepared to have a semi-healthy day of eating which will allow me to focus on all of my tasks.  And at approximately 1,112 calories I still have a little room for some kind of sweet snack.  After all, who would I be if I didn’t indulge my sweet tooth a little?

It may have taken a village and a little extra planning, but today will be a success.  I did circuit training last night because I may not make time to hit the gym today which is okay with me.  I’ll still work on increasing my plank time, and I’ll stay under my calorie target.

Now that you know more than you ever wanted to know about what I’ll be eating today, will you tell me what you plan to eat today?

 

First World Problems: What Should I Eat For Dinner?

Today has been a busy and productive day!  I had class in the afternoon and evening, and it felt great to be back at school.  I saw several friends from last semester, and a couple of my favorite people are in my afternoon class.  The Suit (who doesn’t wear suits to class, for the record)  is in both of my classes which is fantastic because we can lean on each other if we need to and because I just like being around him.

My only complaint  today is that I failed to figure out a plan for dinner.  I have about half an hour between classes which means I can’t leave campus.  I brought my lunch today just as I did last semester (salad, lean protein and a snack) which worked out well, but dinner was a different story.

I travel frequently, and I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating food courts inside airport terminals.  (Terminal 5 at JFK is the best!)  I’ve also conquered lunch and water consumption so dinner can’t be that hard, or can it?

I eat several times a day so not eating dinner is not an option.  I tried that tonight and found myself stressing over what I’d eat and when.  I even managed to talk myself out of buying a Snickers at the vending machine, but it was a close call.  😉

It’s simple… If I skip dinner, I run the risk of overeating and/or making poor choices later.  I know myself, and I know my body.  I also know that I need to come up with a plan before class Wednesday.

If I eat a big salad filled with greens and protein around 2pm, I’m fine for a few hours, but I really don’t know what I should eat at 5:30 pm.  I prefer to eat much later than that, but eating right after class isn’t realistic either since I don’t exactly live next door to campus.

I have access to a microwave, but I don’t have access to a freezer so a frozen meal won’t work (which is fine since most of them are gross and loaded with sodium anyway.)  Instead, I just need to come up with something healthy and satisfying that won’t spoil over the course of the afternoon.

How do you stay on track when you’re away from home all day?  Am I the only one who struggles with planning two brown bag meals a day?

I’m quite sure that some of you will have excellent suggestions for me, and I look forward to hearing them.

Until then, I’m going to sleep because I plan to hit the gym hard tomorrow!  Have a happy Tuesday, Friends…..

 

Reader Question: Where Do I Start?

It’s been a while since I’ve answered a reader question on my blog so today seems like a good day for it.   I’ve received so many messages from people who want to know where to start, and I know that it can be overwhelming so I’m asking for your help in answering their questions.  Take a look at this message from a lovely lady in the area, and tell me what you would suggest to help her get started on her own journey.

Hi Kenlie! I’m local and saw an article about you in the newspaper. Congratulations on your weight loss journey and for taking a stand against discrimination of overweight people. I am 280 lbs and know I need to take control of my weight. How do I even start? Moneywise, it is so much more expensive to eat healthy. I dont have the money to go to a gym. Any suggestions on getting started are greatly appreciated! Good luck on your journey!

-A

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Hi A,

Thanks for the message. It’s nice to hear from someone local!

It sounds like we weigh almost the same right now, and I have to tell you that I’m not an expert.  With that said, I’m happy to tell you how I got started.

I lived in New York, and my first step was joining a Weight Watchers group.

Weight Watchers taught me what a serving of food should actually look like which was great because I seriously didn’t realize how much I was eating.  Seriously, even if I ate only half of my old favorite dish at Chili’s, Chicken Crispers, potatoes and corn on the cob, I’d still be eating almost an entire day’s worth of calories just in one meal.   And that’s not even including appetizers, drinks or dessert!  I could easily add another 1,000 calories to that just with chips and salsa!

Yeah, I knew I was eating more than the average woman, but Weight Watchers helped me understand just how much I was eating and how to make better choices that were still satisfying.

Add 590 calories for the loaded mashed potatoes and corn on the cob for a total of about 2,250 calories for one meal.

And speaking of empty calories I cut out soda cold turkey in 2009, and it’s by far the best thing I have ever done for my body.  It was really hard, and it sucked for months.  I told myself that I could drink one later if I really wanted to, but eventually it lost its appeal.  I remember a time in my life in which I couldn’t fathom giving up sodas, and now the thought of it is just gross.

But the eating part of healthy living is still much harder for me than the exercise part, but I’m trying to tackle it.  I started counting calories about seven weeks ago, but I still weigh-in at a local WW meeting once a month or so.  The support you receive at meetings is priceless.

And I love the gym now, but I didn’t always feel that way. When I started trying to turn things around I started walking. Seriously, I didn’t walk fast or long, but I did more than I had done previously. And as time passed it took more effort to get my heart pumping which reminded me that I was getting stronger!

In addition to walking I also bought my first Richard Simmons DVD.   I own several now, but Party Off the Pounds is still my favorite. I found my copy at Walgreens, but you can get it online here as well. And to this day it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made in fitness. I didn’t have to worry about looking ridiculous (even though I’m sure I did at first.)  And it will definitely make you sweat!

And speaking of Richard, I was on Dr. Drew's show with him last week. And out of all of the pictures I've taken with him, this is the *only* one in which we're not smiling. Of course, we were discussing a very serious issue.

So in short A, I starting with walking and aerobics worked for me, and now I love to sweat!

In regards to food, try to replace something unhealthy that you’re eating with fresh veggies. I eat a 6 cup salad for lunch most days (romaine lettuce, 1 tbsp of light Caesar and 7g of mini croutons) with chicken or salmon (on the side) or some other form of protein like egg whites.

The most important thing is just starting somewhere right now instead of waiting until tomorrow or Monday or January,  then don’t stop.  Keep trying even when it feels like you’re messing up over and over.  Most people take a few steps forward and a few back.  Don’t get discouraged, and don’t quit.

Again, I’m no expert, but I’m surrounded by them.  In my experiencethe people here know what they’re doing, and they’re always willing to help so let’s ask them.

Thanks again for reaching out, and I hope you’ll do it again soon.

Night!

Kenlie

 

So friends…What advice can you give to someone who wants to change the way they live with food and exercise?  What’s the most important step in getting started?

 

 

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Cooking Habits

Why do the weekends always seem to go by so quickly?  It’s Monday again, and you know what that means, right? It’s time for FMM!

(Update:  I’m not sure why this post didn’t appear on my blog last night.  I thought I clicked publish when I finished. Sorry for the late start!)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Cooking Habits

 

1. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home?  Right now my favorites are Caesar salads with chicken and egg white omelets.

2. Do you like to experiment in the kitchen, or do you prefer to stick to the basics?  I like to experiment.  I’m more inclined to bake than cook, but I’m not afraid to throw things together.  Sometimes that works out well.

3. What is your favorite cookbook? Hmmm…Hungry Girl has some great recipes!  I also love SkinnyTaste.com and believe that Gina should publish a cookbook.

4. Do you have any tricks to share that help you reach your fruits and veggies goal for the day?  I eat salads that are filled with veggies and not a lot of other stuff.  My lunch today will consist of 6 cups of romaine, a serving of cucumbers, grape tomatoes and 28g of light Caesar dressing.  I also put one to two cups of spinach or kale in my smoothies when I make them.

5. What’s the most interesting thing you made last week?  I made pretty cupcakes for my friends and classmates.  I’m pretty proud of myself for eating a mini cupcake as opposed to eating more of them.  They were boxed up and sealed as soon as they were made so they weren’t as tempting.  =)

Vanilla tie-dye, Peanut Butter Cup and Oreo...

6. How often do you watch cooking shows on TV?  I don’t really do that.  It usually just gives me cravings so why bother?

7. When you’re hungry, where are you most likely to look first? The refrigerator, or the pantry? The fridge…

8. List a few healthy staples that can always be found in your kitchen.  I always have chicken breast in the freezer.  I usually have frozen strawberries, fresh spinach and romaine and skim milk.  I usually always have bananas, peanut butter and eggs too.

9. Are you motivated to cook at home even when you’re eating alone?  Not as much as if I’m cooking for two, but I’m single so it has to happen anyway.  I’m going to make cooking and eating at home my goal for the month of May.

10.  How often do you try new recipes? I can go without doing it for weeks then suddenly feel inspired to do it three nights in a row.  I can safely say that I try several new recipes per year.  I’d like to try more.

 

I Like Carbs, But…

I tried something new yesterday.  In addition to tracking my calories I made it my goal to limit processed carbohydrates.  I didn’t snack on a serving of pretzels, nor did I eat toast with my egg white omelet.  Instead, I replaced those things with more vegetables, and I felt satisfied all day.

I actually ate a little more fat. I ate a serving of bacon, and while the calories were accurate I don't think the fat content was.

Am I devoted to not eating processed carbohydrates anymore?  Not really.  I just wanted to know what it would feel like to go through the day without wrapping my lunch in a low-carb tortilla or adding an alternative bagel or toast, and it wasn’t as horrible as I might have imagined in the past.

I like counting calories, and I like feeling how I felt after my meals yesterday so I’m trying it again today.  I was worried that I might feel lethargic during my workout too, but I didn’t.  Carbs add up when you’re eating fruits and veggies, and I’m okay with that.

It took a little extra effort to prep my food for today, but I’m glad I did it because it won’t be hard to stay on target. (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.)  I’ve also decided that I won’t eat out until I leave town again a week from today.  That may not seem like a long time, but for someone who eats out regularly that’s a big goal.  And I’m resolved to accomplish it.

What are you doing for your health today?  Will you workout?  What’s for lunch and/or dinner?