This healthy eating has totally gotten me out of my comfort zone. I’m all about cheese, parmesan, potatoes, coke and more CHEESE! A typical meal would be a pasta dish with homemade bread. I also cooked a meat, a potato, a green vegetable, and another vegetable. We were small on salads, NEVER touched greens (collard, spinach, or kale), NEVER cauliflower and we usually did some kind of bread.
I got out of the baking stage (sweets) a while ago. The only way I can explain that is that the Lord took that desire for me because I was famous for making cookie dough. Big Daddy and I would divide it down the middle…each grab a spoon….and we’d eat dough and watch television. I do still love baking breads, stuffed sandwiches, homemade cinnamon rolls…..holy moly makes my mouth water.
I have always been good at drinking water. I didn’t get the recommended daily allowance, but I still drank it. I would have a coke for breakfast, one for lunch and one for supper. I wasn’t religious in taking my medications (blood pressure, cholesterol, meniere’s, antidepressant, antianxiety, vitamin D)…I would go a week at a time and realize I hadn’t had any of them. Exercise is not happening in this house.
We started our journey on January 5, 2015. It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been hard. It’s been different. My goals (I NEVER do resolutions), for the year, is to lose 50 lbs. I’m not sure I will attain that, but one can try!
Cooking healthy takes time and more planning then what I usually do. Now, I am one to cook. I love to cook. I would spend a few days planning the perfect menu, but I also relied a lot on past, successful, recipes or I create something new. I find joy and peace in cooking and finding recipes. It is more of a chore these days. I have to think about what I’m cooking and I have to find good substitutes for what we love and no longer buy.
It is a lot of trial and error. I’m used to creating or making something and it being fantastic. Now, we are all hesitant to take that first bite, but once we do…we either like it or we don’t. I’m getting used to scratching out recipes and starting over. On the other hand, when it is good, it is really good.
Learning how to cook low carb is different. It isn’t worse, it isn’t better. It is different. I have only lost about 12 lbs, but I have lost about 4 inches in my waist! That is HUGE. Plus, I can get into pants that I have not been able to wear in a long time (like 3 years long time). Big Daddy is wearing shirts that he hasn’t been able to wear in….ever….like we have a ton of shirts that he has never been able to wear and now he can.
I still need to move forward in the exercise department, but I’m enjoying the baby steps. I
hate love my body. I want to be healthy. I’m never going to be a looker and I don’t want to be. I know that my husband loves me regardless of what I look like…big or small. He married me when I was super thin and he has loved me when I’ve been the biggest I’ve ever been. The Lord created me to be beautifully and wonderfully made. I have to continue to tell myself that and I have to learn to love myself.
I will post my recipes for the week, tomorrow…cause I don’t want to go downstairs to find them :) We are doing *really* low carbs this week, so there will be a lot of meat, cheese, salads, eggs, and good green veggies (asparagus dredged in parmesan and wrapped in proscuitto, broccoli, zucchini, green beans).
I think something else that helps is every Sunday, we have a cheat day. A lot of people do not do that and I’m not telling you to do it or not to do it. I’m saying, this is what gets us through the week. We know that Sunday, we can eat Chinese with real rice, eat a burger if we want, drink two cokes….it hasn’t hurt us or stalled our weight loss… maybe we would experience a bigger difference on the scale if we didn’t have a cheat day. I don’t know and I don’t care. Life isn’t about eating twigs and cardboard. It’s about loving the Lord, loving your spouse, loving your children, loving yourself and being healthy. I’d rather be fluffy, healthy and happy than stick thin and hungry!
Sweets….still none here, though I love (and indulge in) candy! I also make chocolate mousse, pudding mixed with heavy cream instead of milk, layered jello, cream cheese bites, fat bombs. There are many low carb ways to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Coke….one every other day.
Water….about 90-100 ounces (sometimes I add lemon in mine which helps in weight loss)
Pasta…..learning to love and lean on spaghetti squash.
Greens….shut up….kale chips; kale powder that can be added to ANY dish and give you a huge boost in all the good stuff; kale in soups, sauteed kale. Spinach; salads, sauteed, wilted, with egg and bacon for a wilted salad, in soups, in sauces…you can do anything with spinach with little taste and added vitamins. Collards…it is taking more for me to get used to this. I’m going to tweak the recipes that I have to make them taste better…eventually LOL
Cheese…can totally still have it, just moderate.
Lasagna….make your own sauce (low carb), add in spinach and spices. Use zucchini strips as noodles. So so good!
There are so many, low carb, things you can do to satisfy those hunger pangs.