Hey Hey Hey!!!
I am so excited to announce that I am over 50 pounds down since I started my weight loss journey! Yep. 53 to be exact. 🙂 If you read my post about how I lost the first 40 pounds, then you know that I am losing all my weight without strict dieting and very limited exercise. I have fibromyalgia, so unfortunately, I can’t stick to a regular workout regimen. The only “exercise” I do regularly is go on 1/2 mile walks at least once or twice a day. This is more for managing my overall pain level and clearing my headspace than it is for actual exercise. On days when I have it in me (and feel like it) I will do pilates, moderate weight training and ab work. I can count on one hand the number of times I actually “exercise” every month, if you want a clearer picture of how frequently I really do that.
I reached the number on the scale that I thought I wanted, but now that I’m there, I still don’t have the look I want. Just another reason why the scale is a liar and you should just toss it out altogether. Unfortunately, I have a hopeless addiction to mine, so I’m hoarding it for now. My goal, at this point, (and what it should have been all along) is to feel great, clear headed and have defined abs. Since I shared my own tricks on how to lose weight I have had lots of questions about what exactly my diet consists of. Well…. at this point I am eating a somewhat vegetarian diet but adding chicken, eggs and fish (not often) in there. I will tell you that it took me a loooooong time to get to a point where that’s all I wanted to eat. While it took awhile to adjust to those eating habits, it’s going to last a hell of a lot longer than any yo-yo or other diet fad I’ve seen and tried in the past. That was the point though. I didn’t force myself to change my ways all at once. I identified what it was I didn’t like and came up with (what I thought) was the best way to change it. I didn’t like how groggy and sluggish I felt; or how jacked up my digestive system got when I ate certain foods. So I found what worked for me.
Okay okay. So back to the point. What I eat. I figure, the best way to tell you is to make a list and link my favorite foods for meals and snacks where I can, or at least give you a quick rundown of what’s in it. Here we go!
-Old fashioned rolled oats (NOT quick oats) with stevia and berries.
-Rice Krispies with whole milk (it’s what my kids drink, so I do too every couple of weeks)
-Grapefruit sprinkled with coconut sugar
-Toast with mashed avocado and a fried egg – I like my mashed avocado with salt, pepper and little granulated garlic and my egg over medium
-Scrambled eggs and bacon/ham
– Plain greek yogurt – add a tablespoon of honey or agave and top with berries
Lunch and Snacks
Sandwich – white bread, avocado or mayo spread, onion, tomato, lettuce, lunchmeat, and provolone is what I always make.
Spring Green or spinach salad – I use a small handful of greens and go all out with my toppings: egg, sunflower seeds, onion, tomato, black beans, chickpeas, cucumber, cheese… You can literally throw whatever you want into a salad, they aren’t all bad 😉 I use Olive Garden dressing on mine because it’s my favorite… You can add it to your bill for (I think) $5.
Leftovers from dinner (this are listed below) 😉
Fruit and veggie plate
Egg Salad – love it on a romaine leaf, you can eat it like a taco!
Tuna Salad – I use tuna canned in water, drained. Add mayo, dill relish, salt and pepper. I also eat this like a taco on romaine.
Tortilla Chips and salsa
Apple and any kind of nut butter
Babybel cheese round
Cheddar and mozzarella cheese stick
Boom Chicka Pop – The most amazeballs kettle corn EVER!
Chicken nuggets – I cut the chicken into nugget sized pieces, coat with flour, dip in egg and add to a bag of flour, salt and pepper and shake. Then I fry them in coconut oil until browned and cooked through.
Fajitas – chicken fajitas are my fav. I use this seasoning and follow the direction on the back. I also use corn tortillas, but flour tortillas work too
Chicken breast – pound till its an even thickness across the breast. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cook in coconut oil on the stove top. I make 6-8 breasts at a time so that I can use it for sandwiches, salads or leftovers for another meal.
Steak tips – soak tips in a marinade of equal parts BBQ, Worsteshire and Teriyaki sauces overnight and cook on the grill
Spaghetti squash with meat sauce (I only ever use sausage in my meat sauce, but you can use hamburger too)
Zoodles – Spiral zucchini noodles as small as you can and place in colander. Cook pasta of choice and strain the water SLOWLY over the noodles in the colander. Let the pasta sit on top and soften the noodles. Mix together with pesto (basil, olive oil, salt and pepper puree) and parmesan.
Halo Top Ice Cream – Strawberry and Chocolate are my favorite. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a protein packed pint of ice cream that is no more than 380 calories (highest I’ve seen) for the ENTIRE PINT. Sometimes…. it’s my dinner. 😉
Skinny Cow Ice Cream – peanut butter chocolate is my fav
Cool whip and strawberries – I cut the strawberries into halves or quarters and mix it with the cool whip
Angle food cake with cool whip and strawberries – I kinda have a thing for cool whip and strawberries… 😉
Banana bread – My husband is a banana bread connoisseur and swears this recipe is THE BEST. Any time I make a different one, he always knows. I think the secret is in the greek yogurt. 🙂
Trail Mix – Monster Trail Mix from Target is the bees knees, it’s got m&ms in it 🙂
Outshine Fruit Bars
So there you have it. I really don’t go crazy with what I eat, I just eat slowly and only until I am satisfied; even if that means wrapping up the second half of my sandwich for later. Portion control is key when losing weight. I eat things that make me feel good and energized as opposed to sluggish and tired. As for drinks, I drink mostly water, sometimes with lemon, and have the occasional cocktail in the evenings. I try to keep soda to a minimum and only ever drink Coke Zero, Fountain Pepsi, or Root Beer. I hope that my list of go-to foods helps you with your weight loss journey too!