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Decluttering your waistline

Posted: 23 January 2022 - 09:29 AM
I try to think of the junk food as dh's. Like, if I had a treat, I wouldn't want him to eat it. So I think"that is his treat, don't eat it."

Sticking my weight at the moment. Are you doing the stepper?
Posted: 15 January 2022 - 06:49 PM
Good job, SubC!

My husband brings in a lot of junk. I try to send it down to his den so I don't have to see it, but honestly just knowing there are chips, coke and candy in the family room makes it hard. I can't police his food choices. I've tried for years. So all I can do is try to keep the kitchen "clean." He has his own fridge and cupboards so I avoid those areas. Sometimes I go down to the pantry for, say, canned green beans and I find a case of candy bars. Sigh.

I am cleaning out the spice cabinet today and throwing out some things that are not on my healthy eating plan (sugary things). The spice cabinet also holds baking supplies etc on the other shelves so I am cleaning it all out, and looking at all the spices and thinking of healthy ways I can use them.

I was down 3 pounds but yesterday went nutso with the pasta and it came back. I cannot get to my stepper because I am isolating for covid and have to stay upstairs for 5 days. When my 5 days is done I am going to start walking and using the stepper again.
Posted: 15 January 2022 - 08:12 AM
Week two -
Did really well with yoga
Mostly made better choices on evening snacking
Drank a lot less wine
Went up and down the stairs a lot at school.
Dh made healthy meals

At 6% of weight loss goal! (Which is within my yo-yo range, but down is better than up or even.)
Posted: 11 January 2022 - 07:45 PM
Making bad choices due to exhaustion. Can't go to bed because there are things I truly must do.
Posted: 08 January 2022 - 10:16 AM
I'm glad you are feeling better Lila!

I think the secret to eating better is gatekeeping what food comes into your house. So the best time to buy/order food is when you are feeling motivated and not hungry.

If you don't buy store chips and baked goodies and spend some prep time on things like carrot sticks and apple slices, then when you want a snack, you are faced with "I can eat this healthy snack that is already prepared, or I can spend time making a less healthy snack." Bananas come ready to eat in biodegradable wrappers.

End of the first week my meals and portions gave been better and I have more than met my yoga goals, but I have also helped Dh finish off many of the Christmas goodies. Net weight loss goal - 0%.
Posted: 05 January 2022 - 05:34 PM
Good evening! Yes, I've been taking my vitamins, yay! I also have been making myself drink more water and eat more vegetables.

I have a hard time forcing healthy food, so one thing I have done is that if I do eat something that is not vegetables/fruit, I make myself eat veggies for the next snack or meal. So breakfast was a spinach smoothie. Then I had a slice of cake @@. I need to get rid of the cake... Then lunch was green bean casserole which was made healthier and was mostly fresh steamed green beans. I am going to look in the freezer to see if there is any leftover soup in there to enjoy. If not, I will be having salad and one bread stick for dinner.

I am easing my way back into the veggies this way and I feel better and not cranky anymore.
Posted: 02 January 2022 - 07:33 AM
Today's breakfast - multigrain hot cereal, black coffee, and a banana. I put some maple syrup on my cereal.

I put all my favorite goodies out of sight so I can make a conscious decision to have just one sweet thing. I left the bowl of store candy out because Dh snacks on it and it will keep him from going in search of my treats and I won't feel like I have to eat them quickly in order to get more than one or two.

Dh decided he did not want to do yoga today, but says he will set it up for me later (the routine is on his phone)

I managed to turn around the 4 holiday pounds I had gained and drop them back to two (some of that weight was probably an overly full digestive system)

I have a starting weight I will keep to myself and am going to update about once a week with the total % of goal lost.
Posted: 01 January 2022 - 10:41 AM
Good morning Lila!

Did you take your vitamins? Checking in here reminded me that I missed mine.

We still have far too much Christmas candy and I need to put it away so I don't keep eating it.

This morning I made biscuits. They're white flour, so not ideal, but definitely better than cookies. I leave the sugar out if the biscuit recipe.

If you can meet your food goals today, you will have met them all year! (Then tomorrow, you can tell yourself the same thing.)

Dh and I did yoga this morning, so we are off to a pretty good start.
Posted: 31 December 2021 - 03:14 PM
Well here we are at the end of the year. I am determined to improve my health in 2022. I have a lot of weight to lose and my doctor agrees with me switching to plant based. It's hard but I have moved in that direction. But I am going to eat plant based with a tracker in my planner. Any day I eat meat will be marked in RED. I have to quit eating junk. I have some vegetarian pre mixed shakes for days I am stressed out, and I can just grab one for a balanced meal.

I am in way too much pain to keep going on like this.
Posted: 26 December 2021 - 04:06 PM
Thank you SubC, I appreciate your input. Especially since I love cheese, lol.

I feel like I am a fast food addict. If I was rich I would probably eat fast food every day, so good thing I am not. I think it will significantly improve my health and weight to not eat fast food anymore. I eat it 4 or 5 days a week. It is cheap so I do it but when you add it up I am wasting money I don't have. my planner I have a new page where I will write down what I spend every day. And I will highlight in red anything that is "waste." Fast food is wasted money. I am going to try to not spend anything on it anymore but if I can cut back to even once a week at first, that will help. I have a few gift cards people gave me to nicer places like outback or panera and I will use those if I really want to eat out.

I am going to mix up a sad to have with my dinner tonight. Actually the salad will be the main part of dinner, but I will have a bread stick with it and I may enjoy some mashed potatoes. I have not had any in months but we had some last night. I have leftovers.

I need to move but am too tired.. I did get some good organic multivitamins and will take one a day and hope that helps me feel better too.
Posted: 24 December 2021 - 10:40 AM
Lila, I do not want to argue with your cardiologist, but my dad has been a heart patient for 30 years. He has had good doctors and bad ones.

Here are some things I would like to share with you that have worked well for him ymmv.

There are good fats and bad fats. Animal fats are mostly bad. Not all plant fats are good, but olive oil is - a significant part of the Mediterranean diet - which also includes some cheeses, in moderation.

The calories in sugar and other refined carbs are just as bad if not worse metabolically as butter or bacon fat. With less nutrition.

True vegan is not optimal because honey is one of the healthier sugars, and some of the fat replacement options (crisco for butter for example) are actually worse for you.

Now, this is just me - try adding in some whole grains. They are filling and healthy. Barley is a nice substitute for rice.

Ok, now go walk around 😉
Posted: 23 December 2021 - 09:51 PM
hi SubC,

I know Coke is so addictive. I crave it like crazy. So yeah, I need to knock that off. Also, my cardiologist said I need to eat very low fat because of the high heart disease in our family and I have risk factors. He recommended vegan but I find it very hard. If I eat meat it should be fish, or a little poultry. I used to do Atkins so this is very different for me. He says mediterranean diet.

I have been so unsuccessful at this but am already writing my new food plan in my planner. I am not waiting til Jan 1, though, I am starting it now. More fruits and veggies, less junk. Lay off the sugar and fat and salt. The thing I am missing most is exercise.

I don't know why I've been so unmotivated.
Posted: 19 December 2021 - 07:26 AM
Hi Lila,

I did not make the soup.

At the moment, I can't even remember why I did not make the soup, but I remember that last weekend got overwhelming.

Coke is actually addictive. It is the sugar. Also, your body craves fat and protein, especially when you try to restrict calories. Fat is what keeps you from getting hungry again quickly. Can you tell yourself "ok, I will have the Mcmuffin, but I will not have the coke."? That would be a good start.

Yesterday I ate two hot goat cheese sandwiches (not grilled, I microwave them) and when I wanted a snack before bed, my body was craving applesauce, not ice cream. I think it was the unusual amount of fat during the day.

I don't really eat meals when Dh is gone. I just get hungry and fix some quick food. Since we buy very little convenience food, quick food is usually fruit, nuts, or bread plus. This morning it was bread (bakery bread, with some structure to it and a limited number of ingredients, not "sandwich bread") with butter and homemade jam (more whole blackberries than sugar) for breakfast with my coffee. I am actually too lazy to make toast.

You were on your feet a lot yesterday - which I bet counts as exercise. It is much easier for me to control my weight when I am teaching.
Posted: 18 December 2021 - 12:06 PM
hi SubC, sorry for the abandonment! I've been stressed. And I eat. Did you make the butternut squash soup? That sounds so good.

McMuffins. Ah. I love them for some weird reason. Whenever I am out and get hungry I want that. Cheap, easy, salty, greasy because I get the sausage one. And a coke. I'm like, addicted. I crave them. Why? How to knock it off?

Today I had oat bran hot cereal for breakfast but no fruit. Also coffee. I think I will probably not be eating super healthy today due to the event. My weight is not moving. I know the key for me is to get moving and exercise even a little bit, but I am so tired when I get home I don't. Maybe I can start doing a little in the mornings.

I keep thinking, when the stressful stuff stops, THEN I will focus on weight loss. But it never ends. So I need to figure out how to do this while I am stressed.
Posted: 10 December 2021 - 05:29 AM
Lila, that is a very long term change. I am counting from my high point last year.

What made you get the McMuffin? Was it planned or an "I am really hungry right now" or an "oh, McDonald's! I want a McMuffin"? Knowing what triggers decisions like that can help you make better ones.

Stay focused on those veggies today!

I had a partial fast day yesterday. I was still too upset about things with Dh to eat breakfast or any lunch before I left for school. After school a student gave me a sugar cookie. Then I got home late and ate about a square foot of veggie heavy pizza Dh had bought and left out for me (he went to bed early before I got home. :( ) and a handful of chocolate almonds.
So, not great nutrition, but not too much quantity. I will try to be more balanced today, but honestly my stomach is still indifferent about food. I could have gone to bed without the pizza, but I know better.

It's funny, small stress makes me want sugar, but big stress makes me want nothing. I had a really stressful event about four years ago and after four days Dh realized I basically wasn't eating and sat me down and spent over an hour watching me eat little spoonfuls of pumpkin soup.

Oh! I should make a batch of butternut squash soup this weekend! I bet Bean would like that too, and it would be an easy, healthy meal choice that I could keep on hand in the freezer to help me make good choices.
Posted: 10 December 2021 - 12:09 AM
hi SubC. Wow, you are doing good with your weight loss! I am about at my top weight in over 10 years. I am down about 2 pounds from a week ago. At the party I had one small slice of pizza, a bread stick, and lots of salad. And water.

Today I had
toast with butter and coffee
a McMuffin and coffee
1.5 slices of cheese pizza and juice
a few pieces of candy and a Christmas cookie

Not great at all... need fruit and veggies so will focus on those tomorrow.
Posted: 08 December 2021 - 04:54 AM
Lila, those sound like great choices! How did you do with the pizza?

I didn't snack last night after dinner.

I am embarrassed to post what I've been eating - not well balanced at all. But I've been working on eating less. My weight has moved down on average - slowly but pretty steadily. I'm almost 2/3 of the way from my high point to my goal, which is good. But I think I have lost muscle mass, which is not.

Today is a "no time for lunch" day, but I will make an effort to eat a healthy breakfast. I need to increase my fruit and veggie intake. I am also drinking too much diet soda and not sleeping enough.
Posted: 07 December 2021 - 02:36 PM
Good morning.

Today I am being mindful of everything that goes into my body. Not perfect but better than the junk I've been eating.

Breakfast was oat bran hot cereal with blueberries and pecans and almond milk, and half an apple. Coffee with almond milk.

Lunch so far was just a toasted English muffin. Buttered. Cranberry juice and coffee.

I have a party tonight and they will have salad and pizza so I will stick to one small slice with no meat on it. Plus salad and water.

I can't exercise yet. I got put on a 5 day restriction for medical reasons.
Posted: 04 December 2021 - 07:30 PM
So I didn't manage to avoid the surfing and snacking last night - I got home and I was just wiped out from my week. I had healthy food that Dh made me with a small glass of wine, and then a handful of chocolate almonds, but then later I had a bunch of salted almonds - but at least it wasn't ice cream.

This morning I had bran cereal, then a few handfuls of pita chips midday, and pizza. I tried to eat a reasonable amount of pizza. For dessert I shared a small dish of ice cream and two cookies with Bean.

My exercise today has been cutting evergreens and playing with Bean.

I'm having water now instead of joining the whiskey drinkers.

I make my ice cream from eggs and milk from my barn. I'm not really interested in replacing it.
Posted: 04 December 2021 - 04:37 PM
hi SubC! Thank you for making this thread. I need a little accountability.

Have you ever tried "nice cream" that you make out of frozen fruit? I got into the habit of having that instead of ice cream when I want a treat. NO sugar or fat - just frozen banana chunks blended with any other fruits you like. Strawberries are good. A little cocoa powder for chocolate nice cream. There are a lot of recipes online for flavors. I use unsweetened almond milk, just a splash as needed to get it blended to the right texture.

The tea sounds good too and better for winter IMO. I don't eat a lot of cold things in winter. You have a solid plan and the mindfulness component is great!

Today my eating is terrible but I will make a plan for tomorrow to start eating better again for weight loss. Green smoothie, at least 1/day. More veggies, some fruit. I am trying to be mostly vegetarian so no meat except about twice a month. I also will start exercising again tomorrow. Today's exercise is cleaning. My feet hurt already from that.

I have about 70 pounds to lose I guess but I would be fine if I lost 60. Even 30 would give me so many more clothes to wear.

I hope we can encourage each other and maybe more people will come post too!
Posted: 03 December 2021 - 05:09 AM
Ok Lila,

Here we go!

Today's plan - healthy breakfast (that part is usually easy), no lunch because it's Friday and I never have time, whatever Dh makes me for dinner, and no ice cream in the evening. I've gotten into a bad habit of eating ice cream before bed. I just got some chocolate covered almonds, and if I want something sweet I'll eat ONE handful of those.

The ice cream has become tied to sitting on the computer in the evenings, so I will try to either not do that, or make myself a cup of decaf tea to sip if I have some mindfully chosen computer time - no random surfing, but there is a video I've been wanting to watch that is available for a limited time. (and of course I've been surfing instead because I don't have time to watch the whole video, and then I surf longer than the video and eat ice cream! - ack!) time to exercise my executive function muscles.
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