I’m seeing changes! I’ve been making changes in my eating and exercising since late October. Although my weight isn’t plummeting like I would hope, I’m seeing changes in my habits and I noticed it loud and clear last evening. Last night, we (hubby and I) found ourselves watching the Olympics at a public TV, I LOVE the Olympics and we are out of town without TV access otherwise. So, we ordered a salad and a burger to share. I picked and prodded and scrapped to get the burger just right. I ate the salad with no dressing. I passed on the pretzels at the bar. I was excited to see how much more effort I put into choosing what I was going to eat, and ways that I’ve changed since embarking on this journey. Here are a few examples I thought of that I do now, but didn’t before.
- When I’m eating out now, I find that I share more.
- I use WAY less salad dressing if any, and I always order dressings or condiments on the side.
- I carefully scan the menu for the best choice, not just the best taste.
- I order condiments on the side.
- I’m eating a lot more vegetables and trying to cut back carbs (though I must admit, I adore carbs).
- I think about, shop for and prep healthy snacks. I’m not going to quit snacking, but I can make better choices.
- I’m measuring my food – most of the time.
- I log all my food.
- I’m exercising more- I need to work on this, I need to keep pushing myself and I don’t.
- I have soup before dinner when possible.
This week I’ve hired a personal chef to come to my house and teach me some basic cooking skills. (I was looking for a cooking class but this was the best I could find and it’s very reasonable). Although I’ve been trying to eat at home more, my food isn’t very tasty and I’m often disappointed after I’ve made a highly rated recipe. The lesson will be 2 hours, I will learn knife skills, kitchen techniques, vegetable prep, sautéing, braising and roasting. I’ll even end up with a great dinner for that night. I can’t wait.
I continue to keep a big bowl of vegetable soup in the fridge. Vegetable soup has a great point value, and it’s filling and delicious! I’m a big eater, and the soup helps me feel full. I keep celery with cream cheese (1/3 less fat) ready for a quick snack and yogurt and string cheese too. I listen to podcasts (my favorite is Half Size Me) and books on tape for motivation also. Heather, the moderator for Half Size Me, has guests who have been successful at losing weight and maintaining it and are very inspiring. I also like to listen to books on tape on my way to work and I’m listening to Jane Fonda- Prime Time. She talks about ways to age better, and changes we go through as we reach different stages (she calls them Acts) in our lives. I’ve had quite a few A-Ha moments listening to this, and also a number of – thank God moments- I’m not the only one who thinks that way or feels that way! Making small changes daily, listening to motivated people, reading blogs are all ways I’m trying to get through this journey.
Here is to another day on this journey, and I’ll let everyone know how Thursday goes with the chef. Cheers!