I’m on day 22 of my healthy eating plan. I’m happy to report that I’ve really stuck to it, and it’s paid off. I’m down 10 lbs, and starting to notice a little change in my appearance and how my clothes fit.
I’ve eaten out two times. Once was the Mother’s Day Brunch I told you about, and the second was after our trip to IKEA. I had a grilled chicken pita, and a few french fries, but then had my protein shake for dinner, so I felt good. No other fast food/drive-thru eating for me! This is a huge change. It was just so convenient to grab something and scarf it down in the car. Especially when there are two little munchkins wanting to eat whatever you have.
So what have I been eating? Well, I have an English muffin or toast with a serving of fruit spread for breakfast, sometimes with a banana. I then have a snack of a protein bar a couple of hours later. I’ve been sticking to either having my protein shake for lunch or dinner. In my shake, I usually add some peanut butter powder (which is awesome!) and/or banana. Which ever meal I don’t have the shake for, I usually eat a turkey or ham sandwich on whole wheat bread with a slice of reduced fat cheese. I also have a serving of low-calorie chips. I then have another snack a couple of hours later. Sometimes it’s another protein bar, sometimes vegetables, or sometimes popcorn. My husband is nice enough to pop me some at night, or I just use the microwave kind. I know it’s not the best, but it’s easy and very low-calorie, when I need a salty snack.
When I go to my weekly Ballet class (more on that in a future post,) I eat my shake for lunch, then have “real” food for dinner right before. That way I don’t run out of steam half-way through the class.
Speaking of Ballet, that’s the only set exercise I’ve been doing each week until yesterday. With the reduction in calories in my diet, I just haven’t had enough energy until recently. Yesterday, I did a Yoga DVD, and today I did another DVD with weights.
Even though I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it, I’m not going to lie to you. It’s been HARD. I’m hungry a lot of the time, and sometimes by the end of the day, I get pretty cranky. I know I need to drink more water, which will help with the hunger, so I’m working on it. I’ve also been really good about taking my vitamins.
So what am I missing? I definitely missing variety in my diet. Right now I stick to these few options because I know the calorie count and it’s easy. Once I’ve gotten more used to the amount of calories I can eat a day, I will start experimenting more.
I’m also missing DESSERT! As part of my old routine, I would eat dinner after the twins went to bed, then get some dessert and settle in for a show on Netflix. Now, I eat before the twins to bed, and it’s just me watching my show. No ice cream. No cookies. No cake.
I know they say it takes a while for a change to become a habit, so I’ll let you know when I’m not desperate for dessert anymore. Or french fries.
Until then, here’s some of the products I’ve been eating. These are my own recommendations, but if you click-through the picture and purchase, I do get a little something from Amazon. 🙂
Added to a shake…yum! These almost make me forget dessert….almost.