Mission Statement

I will in general eat healthy, eat "normal" food, without gimmicks, pills, surgery, or trademarked diets. I will log all calories consumed and estimate calories burned on a daily basis. I will then be able to track my progress and estimate arrival time to my goals through My Food Log. I will also develop non-food rewards for reaching my goals knowing that reaching each goal is a reward in-and-of itself. I will not give up. I know that I will not be perfect but that I am making a permanent lifestyle change. The good days will out-number the bad days. I will not give up!


Tomorrow Today

I am working extra this weekend. I hope I will be able to post at some point over the weekend, but I already know that tomorrow is out of the question. So here's tomorrow's post today.

This is more information that I picked up from the Shrink Down... the series of free healthy living seminars that I participated in at the beginning of the year. And I thought this would be a good time to mention the source of this information which is America On The Move.
Tomorrow Today's topic is 10 Ways To Cut Fat In Food:

Eat 3 or less egg yolks per week.

Avoid frying food... bake, roast, microwave, broil, or boil instead.

Use less oil in the pan by incorporating cooking spray and/or non-stick coated cooking surfaces.

Use liquid vegetable oils instead of butter or lard.

Skim the fat from soups and stocks. It's easier to do if the liquid is chilled.

Eat more grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, peas, legumes, and lentils. Use the above methods for preparation.

Drink water. 8-10 glasses per day. This helps you stay fuller and helps flush toxins from the system. Also, substituting caffeine free liquids for SOME of the water is OK.

Choose lower fat food products when purchasing at the store. Read labels for fat content and opt for lower fat foods.

Have fruits for dessert, or low fat yogurt, ice-milk, or sorbet instead of fattier desserts. Except for chocolates and caramels, most desserts are fruit based anyway.

Have healthy snacks on-hand. Fresh fruits, low fat popcorn, rice cakes....OK...ICK!... vegetable sticks (like carrots) and low-fat granola bars or cereal.

Incorporate these suggestions into your daily menus. Most of the suggestions are for subtle changes. You might not even miss the fats you cut out by using these tips.
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I Cheated And It Was Beautiful!


I did not follow through with my plan from yesterday, which was to eat only vegetarian for 3 days. But it's OK.

It's OK because I did mostly stick to it today and the end result was BEAUTIFUL! I had to add an extra column to My Food Log so I could log all of the food I got to eat today. This is because I mostly ate vegetables with a little fruit thrown in. I ended up having 2 servings of protein. One meat at dinner which is where I cheated. And one serving of good old fashioned Planter's Peanuts, Dry Roasted as a snack. Also with the snack I had one serving of oatmeal with one pad of lite butter. This was my only bread serving for the day. I DID NOT make the same mistake that I did yesterday, what with the FOUR rolls at dinner and all. I actually have 70 calories to spare, but in light of yesterday's failure (and the day before for that matter) I'm going to call it quits on eating for the night.
I am rather impressed with this vegetarian-ish way of eating. I avoided dairy and meat until dinner. I also avoided bread and simple carbs (sugar and the like). So I'm going to try to do the same thing tomorrow. Also, one little plug... O'Charley's in my town will sell a To-Go side of vegetable medley (broccoli, squash, and carrots) and they will prepare it with no butter for $2.07 tax included. The medley was surprisingly filling. So props to Chux! And here's to shooting for the same kind of day tomorrow!
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Like the Leaves of September

My body is changing shape and so is my attitude. My stomach shrinking is great and so is my positive outlook.

I'm sure that this is just me being moody, stressed, and tired but I'm getting bored with dieting. That being said, I am determined not to give up! I should write that ten times just to reiterate it to myself. I do fine with lunch. I am usually skipping breakfast and then I am tending to eat waaaayyy too much for dinner. I'm going to go re-read My Diet Plan (see archives... too tired to put in the link) and hopefully I will revive. My title has to do with the fact that in August I was rapidly racking up red days. Many days were green, some days were yellow, and more often than I would like, red days appeared. My Food Log (see LINX) looks like the leaves of a tree, changing in September. I need to hold on to the green of July and if I have to stumble, my log should then look like a tree in March or April... mostly green but with hints of immature yellowish green.
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