Well, life is a little different around here in What’s for Dinner-ville.
Since I last checked in with you all (my loyal readers, and I thank you!) I had lost about 40 pounds and was eating and preparing only my OptiFast products and drooling over the low-carb deliciousness that awaited me.
The strangeness of camp photos is nothing new to you all, so this before/now comparison will make sense. The before was taken in early August, after an embarrassing moment when I was unable to truly participate in the giant inflatable jousting match. I was mortified but brushed it off by laughing. The “now” photo is from yesterday, where I wore a new outfit from New York & Company, complete with pointy heels ALL DAY… down from a 22/24 and 3XL to a 14/16 and XL. (please excuse the clutter in the background)
I feel like a different person. I know people say that all the time, but really, I don’t recognize myself in many different ways. Sure, I look different. But I’m not exhausted all the time. I’m not forgetful like I used to be, I can walk and talk at the same time. I’m enjoying *gasp* physical activity! Boot camp twice a week, plus the Couch to 5K program are keeping me busy, and I start Zumba this week! WHO AM I!?!? It’s a far cry from the cupcake-loving girl that I used to be.
I’ve also started eating one meal a day. I have 350 calories and >20g digestible carbs to work with, and within that I need to have 2+ cups of vegetables and 3-5 ounces of protein. Just a few things I’ve had as of late:
Lots and lots of brussels sprouts, cucumber-wrapped rice-free sushi, sashimi, different preparations of chicken, and beautiful vegetables at Eataly. The lower left corner is my favorite dinner so far: spinach salad, sautéed mushrooms, baby pepper slices, a medium-rare burger, a runny egg, and 1/5 of an avocado. OMG. Just delicious.
I’m relearning to cook, without the starchy bases I relied on for so many years. Most things I eat are vegetable based with a side of protein. It makes eating out simple as well. Not to mention, a dinner out is actually 2-3 meals now since I physically cannot consume what I used to…and I haven’t had a drink since August. I’m a cheap date!!
In about 4 weeks, I get to start adding in a second meal a day, and I’m really looking forward to packing lunches again. There’s something about a giant salad or warm food midday…
I’ll stop rambling now. I ramble enough on my other blog, and you all don’t come here for my weight loss ramblings. Once I’m better at cooking the way I’m eating and have recipes to share, I’ll begin posting again. Thanks for sticking with me!