Progress Report

**This post is mostly cross-posted from my new, weight-loss centered blog, FoodieReset**

So, remember back when I first started losing weight and every single day was an adventure?

Now? Not so much. I pretty much wake up, do my thing, and go to bed.

The thing that's different though, is what "doing my thing" entails. Most days, back in the What's for Dinner? blog hey day, my day was very very different than now. Usually, every day (or almost every day) after school involved a trip to the grocery store for dozens of ingredients for some "fabulous" dinner and sometimes baked goods. Hours would be spent in the evenings prepping, cooking, plating, photographing, and finally eating said meal, and then editing the photos and blogging. Not to mention my afternoons were mostly spent completely and totally exhausted, struggling to stay awake past 7:30 p.m. but forcing myself to stay up until 9. But darn it, the blog looked awesome.

Nowadays, I've embraced the "plan ahead" method when it comes to food. Early in the week, I purchase enough food for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and spend a bit of time on Sunday (or Monday if I'm feeling slackish) prepping what I need to. Eggs are hard-boiled. Veggies are chopped. One large amount of protein is cooked. The crock pot, even in this nicer weather, has been a really great friend. One pot of chili or pot roast is enough to last the week since someone I live with doesn't eat leftovers. These basic proteins are great on salads, in low-carb wraps, or even just on their own with my veggie of choice. I cycle through vegetables too...

I did nothing but eat brussels sprouts for the first few weeks I ate real food, with the occasional cauliflower thrown in. Now, I'm very deeply into grilled asparagus and red peppers. I'm sure that'll pass in favor of tomatoes soon, but I'm really just excited for Summer produce.

Snacks are simple: Quest bars are my new favorite things. They're delicious, have LOADS of fiber, only a few accessible carbs, and did I mention DELICIOUS?! I'm talking cookies and cream and cookie dough and strawberry cheesecake, and I really look forward to eating one a day. (Quest hasn't paid me or anything for this mention, I just really really like them!!) I'm also eating raw almonds (26, no more, no less), string cheese, and 2% cottage cheese. Sometimes these are "meals" and sometimes they're "snacks", it all just depends on what time I eat.

Weight loss progress has slowed down a bit, though it's still headed in the right direction. I'm officially down 82.9 pounds, and am inching my way closer to "Onederland"...that mythical spot where my weight number will start with at "1" instead of a "2". I honestly cannot believe I've come this far. I'm not just talking about the scale, but honestly, the "brain progress" is bigger to me than the weight loss. I'm completely satisfied with a simple meal and good company, and know that eating what I used to consider "normal" will make me feel like utter crap.

Some progress photos:

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With my sister-in-law, Rivian, at her baby shower I threw
Progress
Progress
I treated myself to some new (and probably too expensive) hair color.
I treated myself to some new (and probably too expensive) hair color.
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Crazy difference, huh?
Learning to curl the hairs
Learning to curl the hairs

Now, a question for you all readers… would you be interested in a new, “lighter” and low-carb What’s for Dinner? Let me know what you think!

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4 Responses to Progress Report

  1. Judee Humphrey says:

    I would love anything you post!

  2. julie says:

    Yes..please..I would love to hear about successful recipes that have helped with your weight loss.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Mara! You look so totally beautiful! You must be so proud of yourself. As someone who has had weight issues all of my life, I salute you. I know how difficult it can be. You have obviously kicked in and nothing can stop you now. You GO girl!! I would love your posts 🙂

  4. Christine says:

    You look amazing! Awesome job!! I’m on a weight loss journey myself and would love to see some low carb recipes. I’m down 50 lbs and working my way to onederland too!

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