Sunday, August 30, 2009

Intial Thoughts On Eating Well

For me, I am not calling this HUGE change "dieting" is more about changing my life...forever. Relearning and teaching myself HOW to eat. I suppose I skipped those lessons a long time ago.

Day Three has been a whole lot easier to make adjustments. I am not feeling deprived at all. I am eating more food than ever because of "what" I am eating. I eat on a schedule and have stopped eating after 7pm...that is the deadline for me.

I am eating breakfast and finding that it makes ALL the difference in the world. I am enjoying that special time with myself.

Here was my breakfast for Sunday. An egg beaters "southwestern" scramble with some added cherry tomatoes, and one slice of fat free cheese, 4 chunks of pineapple, and a container of Activia yogurt. Instead of salt...I am using several Mrs. Dash shakers.

Planning is really important for me. I am not making obsessive lists, but having the right food in the house allows me to make proper choices. I even pack small, healthy snacks to take with me when we go some where. I would hate to be in a position where my sugar level begins to drop and I can not get something healthy.

Water, water, and more water. I haven't had a sugar filled/sodium laden soda in 4 days. I will not be drinking diet soda either.

The sugar withdrawal is now over and I am finding my energy is going through the roof.

The headaches have stopped.

My feet are not as swollen as they were...probably 70% resolved. This makes me happier than anything and reaffirms that I am making the best decision of my life...for my life.

Day Three Weight Loss= 260.0 (1.4 pounds lost) and feeling better than I thought I would.

Lunch...6in. Subway Jared Turkey Sandwich on 9 grain whole wheat...loaded with veggies and honey mustard salt and cheese. No soda.

Dinner Plans...Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast, Steamed Broccoli with lemon, and whole wheat pasta salad with red onions, wilted spinach, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, spices, and green peppers.

I am also using our salad plates as my dinner plate as you can see from the size of the fork. It is fooling to the eye and I am not feeling all.

Thanks to everyone for encouraging me and giving advice. It really is so wonderful to have this sacred place to come and release all the fear I have inside. ALSO: I want you to call me out and harass me when you feel I might be slipping or that I need a boot in the butt.


  1. Go YOU! I am soooooo proud Marlene! That omlet looks the best! That salad plate is a good idea and I just may drag mine out! If I can just keep the mac and cheese off of it!
    That boot thing works both ways here. I dont mind being called out either. And you know I dont have a problem kicking butt if I have too!
    Keep up the great work! You rock!

  2. WOOT!!!

    I must admit that I am VERY scared of the sugar withdrawal. But I am even more scared of having a stroke so I guess that makes the decision for me.

    I need to sit down and make a menu, a plan for the week. I think that preparation is key!!

  3. Excellent choices Marlene! I use a smaller plate too and it really helps. Getting rid of the soda is a huge step, I stopped drinking it a few years ago and really noticed a difference.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. I agree that a smaller plate helps! I am only allowing 1 Diet Coke per week right now..other than that it is Water water water! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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