FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby frowsyowl » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:30 am

Came limping into my weigh in this morning. It was a struggle last night that I didn't succeed at. I mean, I lost weight, but slipped last night. Even though I prepped a lot last weekend, it wasn't enough. Need to get myself all the way thought the week with enough calories and variety...and more simplicity even than I expected.

Plan for this week...I still have much of what I was going to make last week left to make, so I suppose I'll make my left-overs tonight more interesting somehow (potatoes and soup). I'll plan on either making all the meals on Saturday, and freezing, or scheduling cooking on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. Meals: Spaghetti, white bean soup w/salad, chana masala. I'll make longevity soup again, using some frozen lentil soup as the base.

I think I need more than oatmeal in the morning or an extra fruit. I have to think about this. I'm so starving at the end of the day. Or, maybe, I'm just adjusting to the less-rich foods?
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby bunsofaluminum » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:25 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Loving the "oatmeal recipe"...glad I'm not the only one who dumps whole canisters of spice into my food :lol:

The best prep I can recommend is having plenty of cooled baked potatoes on hand. You can grab one or two on your way to anywhere and eat them out of hand while driving down the road...like a bagel, only healthy. Easy to slice, heat for 30 seconds, and dip into ketchup and mustard, too. Potatoes, FTW!
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby frowsyowl » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:30 pm

Thanks for dropping by, Buns! I tried the potatoes, and for whatever reason, the skins were terrible. I'll try something else this week.
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby Ejeff » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:21 am

If you enjoy potatoes you could remove the skins. Guess I’m suggesting perhaps don’t give up on potatoes yet :-D
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby Creaky » Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:05 pm

I took the longevity soup and made it into a casserole of sorts. I make the soup with a pound of mixed vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, lima beans, etc) and a pound of frozen cut green beans and a 28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes and 2 1/2 cans of water using the 28 oz tomato can. I add a cup of brown rice to it, add spices and cook all of it for one hour. I add some cooked beans (black, pinto, small red or great northern). I try to make it a bit soupy, it gets more like a stew, then as it cooks all the water is absorbed.

Turns out tasty, filling and enough food for a day and some of the next day.
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby frowsyowl » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:34 am

Ejeff: I won't give up on potatoes, but I used to like them with skins. Don't know what's changed.

Creaky: My soup ended up pretty thick too. Your version sounds good!

Weekend--Very few of the MWL checkboxes were checked this weekend. I think being in my house must be a trigger! (sarc.) We are nearly done with house projects, just have to take a bunch of stuff to goodwill/recycling.

Today: Packed good food, had a good breakfast. Cleaned this morning instead of doing my walk. Trying to see if I can push my lunch later in the day. I've been eating at my desk so that no one has to cover me and share my phone (re: Covid). I've been eating at 11- 11:30, but that's not been working out for my evenings. (As for weekends, I have some reflexive habits to break).

B: Oats, berries, flax. I added more fruit than I would normally.
S: Tea
L: Salad, apple (or banana), lentil soup.
S: Banana (or apple)
D: Carrots, broccoli, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy.

Happy Monday!
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby frowsyowl » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:05 am

I think yesterday was a success! I ate lunch after 12:30, had raw vegetables when I got home...wasn't as hungry as usual, so that did it. Got busy right away, ate dinner later than normal. I don't remember what time. Continued to stay busy the rest of the evening. Not sure how I can recreate all of this business every night, maybe I just need to do it long enough to break my eating patterns.

Still didn't officially exercise this morning, but vacuumed most of the house.

Today:
B: Same blueberry oat, flax...added a banana.
S: Sparkling water. Maybe Tea
L: Same salad, but with left-over pasta and bean balls.
S: Two apples?
D: Left-over potatoes gravy, Broccoli and mixed vegetables.

Edit: Meant to add this the other day. I was reading one of JeffN's posts, and there was a chart that broke down BMI to Severe, Moderate, etc. I thought it would give me some intermediate goals...trying not to have a specific number in mind, but I might like to cross these thresholds eventually (in the right direction!!). At the time of this post, currently 35.6.

Severe Obesity: 35+
Moderate Obesity: 34.9 to 30
Overweight: 29.9 to 25
Normal: Less than 25 (This would be totally weird to me!) I wonder if I've ever been "normal". :D
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Re: FrowsyOwl's Final Commitment

Postby frowsyowl » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:37 am

Day before yesterday was "okay" I think I did well, but got a bit 'snacky' by the end of the day. Got disappointed about that, and got on a bad roll that continued all day yesterday. Have recovered now.

I struggle when I'm tired, and I struggle with my thoughts and choices. Trying to focus on keeping busy again, and to make that my reflex to start an activity when I want to eat continuously.

Things I could do tonight (or weekends):
Clean out some cupboards
Drop a donation to the goodwill, buy some kitchen towels on the way back
Watch the program my mother wants to discuss with me.
Water the plants and the yard...it's 90+ degrees here again! Where is "FALL"?!!!
Get my car washed
Take a drive with my husband
Beauty treatments?
Do a load of laundry
Make hummus or a freezer meal
Brush the cats, clip nails
Sketch something
Plan a walk with my colleague
Wander in the library
Clean/work on the aquarium
Plan Christmas gifts ahead of time...
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