Doing Much Better

It took some soul-searching but I think I have finally settled on something that is going to get me back on track. A few years ago, after the birth of my first child, my Gyn told me I needed to lose weight. She was concerned about my health. Funny thing is, I was 20lbs lighter then than I am now, but I digress. She recommended a nutritionist to me so off I went and ended up losing about 30-35lbs using her advice. We met weekly at first and then moved to every two weeks until I felt comfortable enough to keep up with everything myself. That worked out really well until I had baby #2. Now, after my second child was born, I really didn’t hold on to much weight, maybe 7lbs, but I was feeling panicky and began looking for a quick fix. I signed up for Weight Watchers and actually did really well on that, getting down to about 140lbs. Can I just tell you how thrilled I’d be to weigh 140 right now? Lord. Well, it’s hard to say what happened after that but, for whatever reason, even though I looked great, was working out, etc, I still wasn’t happy with my weight and wanted to lose more. So began my journey into low carb dieting with Suzanne Somers and Dr. Atkins. Please, don’t misunderstand me. These diets work and work well but they just weren’t something I could live with forever. This resulted in my falling off the wagon and putting all that weight I had lost back on and then some.

Last week, I decided to contact Bernadette. I felt like what I needed was that one-on-one interaction with someone who could work within the parameters of what I like to eat and what I don’t like. Bernadette was great. She fit me in the day I called; she could tell I was feeling deperate. She helped me create a meal plan for the week that still allowed me to enjoy my favorite flavors while teaching me restraint and moderation. Tomorrow is my next appointment and I’m really looking forward to it. All week, I was able to eat healthfully, enjoy small tastes of chocolate, and lose weight. Not much but, a loss is a loss! I can’t wait to go in tomorrow and get some good feedback. It felt so awesome to have stuck with it all week, even over the weekend when it’s SO tempting to go to Panera for one of their breakfast souffles and a chai latte!! Also, my brother-in-law had a birthday party but I didn’t overdo it. That felt like quite an accomplishment to not gorge on appetizers!! I did enjoy a small slice of pie for dessert but, again, didn’t go overboard like I would have in the past.

Here is a picture of my lunch today.  It wasn’t anything terribly exciting but it was light and tasty!  I grilled a bunch of chicken breasts that I had purchased this week, and while they were on the grill, I basted them with Bolthouse Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.  They weren’t drenched in it, just coated enough to give them a nice flavor paired with the smokiness of the grill.  To go along with that I just had some steamed broccoli that was lightly salted and that was that!

The nice thing about the chicken breasts that I purchased is that, I got them directly from the butcher counter instead of buying pre-packaged.  This allowed me to ask the butcher to select only small breasts for me.  It drives me crazy how big the pre-packaged chicken breasts are.  The small ones are a little more uniform in size and cook more evenly.  It saves me the step of pounding the breasts like I have to do when they are larger.

This afternoon I will be having a snack of a laughing cow creamy swiss cheese wedge and a small serving of cherries.  It’s a nice little treat to tide me over until dinner time.

This finally feels like truly the right move for me. It has been a long time since I was able to stick with anything like this for longer than a couple of days so a week feels mighty impressive!! I’ve been searching pinterest for blogs that post low cal/low fat recipes and plan to start posting my meals here when I try them. There are so many talented food bloggers out there, creating these masterful renditions of things we love to eat but with less fat and calories than we need. I’m excited to begin showcasing them!! Thanks for sticking with me through all of this. I know it has been monotonous so I appreciate your continued support!!

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