I really don't like food journals. They make me feel exposed and vulnerable. So... I am doing it. I plan on reaching my weight loss goals this year and I am going to need to be more transparent and accountable. I have conquered many challenges this past year and am ready to move into the new year... staying on track. The only thing I struggle with at this point... and 'only' translates to BIGGEST... is OIL.
In the transition to a plant based diet in our house, I have found that my husband and son stay completely on track and enjoy the meals as long as they have a few vegan-friendly snacks like hummus and chips. (not fat free) I am not going to rock the boat at this point because they are doing SO well and I want to encourage them. Over time, I can start making the hummus myself and make it fat free, but they are not ready for that yet. Their health is just as important to me as my health, so I am treading cautiously based on my past "bull in a china shop" mistakes.
I threw away the oil, so I won't be tempted to cook with it at all. There is no earth balance or non-stick cooking spray. I got rid of it all. Now I just have to make healthy choices when I snack! Or I have to avoid snacking all-together. I am not sure which it will be. I think I would rather just eat three really good meals, and stay away from snacking.
So... I will keep this journal so I can look back and track how I am doing with food and results (weight loss). If something doesn't work, I will change it.
Pretty simple. Comments are welcome.
New Years Day in our house is not much different than any other day. I have dinner planned: a stir fry of onions and cabbage over mashed potatoes (mashed with a little organic rice milk and lots of garlic).
Breakfast will usually be either oatmeal with fruit or oat bran with fruit... and a little drizzle of maple syrup. The fruit of choice in my case is either grapefruit (my favorite) or blueberries.
Lunch is always my challenge. Probably left overs - most of the time... so today... taco seasoned beans over rice and a salad with fat free balsamic dressing.
In addition, I am a tea drinker. I have iced tea in the fridge most of the time and hot tea, but I drink tons of water throughout the day as well.
Finally ~ I am doing a combination of MWL and the regular plan. In doing that, I am anxious to see how it affects my weight loss over time. I am not looking for big numbers, only consistent numbers.
If I lose 10 pounds a month for the entire year - I will reach my goal weight. (180) That is not to say that the "goal" number won't change once I get down there because that is probably a high number to some, but seriously - I have been morbidly obese most of my life. 180 would be amazing for me. So... here goes!