Three Down!

January 23, 2009 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

So, it’s been just over three weeks since I made the resolutions that I would lose 17 lbs in 17 weeks and clean up my lifestyle. Progress so far? Definitely! Am I wearing a size 6 now? Hell no.  At least, not yet.

I’ve spent the last three weeks trying to re-think the way I cook.  In case you weren’t aware, I. LOVE. FOOD.

Dining out is a hobby and I could play in my kitchen for hours. I’ve been making changes to staple meals like adding cup-fulls of veggies to my spaghetti sauce and replacing my regular old noods with whole wheat ones.

I’m drinking a LOT more water and have only had one soda since Jan 1. Although, I have to admit – I need more than milk, water, and orange juice in my beverage diet.  Oh, and beer and wine, but those don’t count, right?  

Moving on… I think differently about desserts and watch portion sizes – Skinny Cow’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches have been amazing. So have a few bites of Hershey’s Kisses or an Applesauce Oatmeal Muffin. I haven’t skimped on anything. But I’m thinking about everything.

And it hasn’t been tough – in fact, it’s fun to think of new approaches to cooking and preparing food. I have to think in advance about what I’m taking to work with me. Not only am I packing my own lunch, but I’m planning for both a morning and afternoon snack as well. Options have included fruits (the basics: I love bananas, apples, oranges and grapes), grains (ok… Triscuits… but just a few!) and a few slices of cheese, and yogurt with a handful of granola thrown in. Breakfasts at work have been mini bagels with peanut butter for the protein, mini quiches that I’ve pre-made and just take to work to heat up, fruits, or whole grain cereals.

The one thing I haven’t added to my routine yet is working out, and I think this is really going to be the jumpstart I need. It’s been too cold here to get active outside (excuses? maybe), and I’ve only attacked my yoga ball once. So… either I need to better budget to allow yoga classes back into my life, or I need to bundle up and at least make it around the block a time or two.

The results so far? I’m down three pounds. In three weeks. I believe… that would be right on track 🙂

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