Oct. 6-7 Menu and Events (Days 40&41)

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Happy Monday Fun Day!

I had such a busy weekend that I did not do much. For the first weekend in months, my family did some fun things together. I am so glad we did. On Saturday, we all took a course in becoming licensed ham radio operators, and then we watched some well-deserved Downton Abbey, Season 2, thanks to my neighbor across the street who knows how addicted we are.

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Now what I had yesterday… First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch.

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Saturday, October 6

I ate this:
Breakfast: Pepperoni
Lunch: Huge deli salad I made (pictured top)
Dinner: Hot dog with onion, cheese, SF ketchup and mustard
Snack: Cottage cheese +  sunflower seeds + shredded Parmesan cheese + green olives

 1/2 hour at my treadmill desk at 1 mph.

Notes: Ham radio licensing day, so I packed the most amazing deli/pizza salad evs! I ate a corner of a Balsamic vinegar potato chip for the flavor.

Sunday, October 7

I ate this:
Breakfast: Pepperoni and cheese + black olives
Lunch: Wink Frozen Dessert + olives + pepperoni + cheese + nuts
Dinner: Grilled shrimp
Snack: Cottage cheese + sunflower seeds + shredded Parmesan cheese + green olives

Exercise: 1/2 hour on the treadmill at 1 mph

Notes: Yesterday we mostly noshed because we were watching Downton Abbey. Yes, I’m addicted. I ate the tiniest quarter of a balsamic vinegar all-natural potato chip. The chip was a carb, so it didn’t do any damage.

What I learned:

I can fight any cravings!

Wow, this weekend was SO hard in terms of fighting cravings. It was so difficult, I’m positive I had another whooshie.

What’s a whooshie? It’s when your fat cells hang onto water until they’re sure you mean it. They put their hands on their little despondent hips and they say, “Are you sure you don’t want us here as placeholders anymore? I mean really?” And if you’re a good little boy or girl and leave bacon under your pillow (OK, don’t do that), the Whooshie Fairy should visit and you should wake up the next day with a weight loss.

Other signs of whooshie: flabby, deflated fat pockets in places like arms and legs and stomach, increased urination, extreme cravings that make no sense.

The hardest part: NOT succumbing to cravings, especially when your brain tells you the following:

  • Go ahead and eat the Snurkers Bar. You deserve this.
  • Why not have that sugary soda? You haven’t lost weight in 2 weeks anyway.
  • What could a little loaf of bread slathered in peanut butter and jelly hurt?
On nights when irrational thoughts start smacking me around the temples, I put myself to bed early.
I haven’t regretted that once.

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  1. <3 your blog..and <3 <3 <3 Dowton Abby! Netflix doesn't have season 2 yet so I am so totally jealous of you!

    • You are so nice to me, Cara. I know I misspelled the name of the show at least once. I am so thankful for my neighbor who loves British television as much as we do.

  2. Kathy Fuller says

    Oh wow…I LOVED your explanation of a whooshie. I am thinkin’ that’s what I have been going thru. I had a couple of disappointing weeks, but still I managed to stay pretty true to everything. The cravings have been HUGE!! I mean it…I could hardly stand it because I was craving things I’ve not had any trouble staying away from. And, I’ve been SO hungry the past couple weeks, as well. SOOOOO HUNGRY!!! Then, a couple days ago, I was unable to get ANY sleep for having to get up to the bathroom. I couldn’t understand why I was having such increased urination, and now, I think I know. I did lose 3.5 pounds after 3 weeks of not doing well at all. I’m currently down 17.5 pounds. YAY!!! I wish it was more, but I am VERY excited to have lost this much. 🙂

    • That is EXACTLY the whoosh in action. It’s magic when it happens–but only if you can make it through the otherworldly cravings first.

      Weigh to go on kicking 17.5 pounds to the curb, Kathy!

  3. I had my surgery last week. I know I’m down 14 pounds, but won’t be able to weigh myself until I can walk again, which is 8 weeks. I’m excited to step on that scale and show all of those people who tell me that I’m not going to lose weight because I am sitting around all day that can be all about the food.

    I noticed that you eat a lot of pepperoni. My favorite lunch is salami cream cheese roll ups. I’ve been feeling really guilty about killing myself with nitrates and nitrites until I came across this article by Chris Kresser: http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-not-to-fear-bacon Bring on the pizza toppings!

    I love Downton Abbey! I waited for months to get it from my local library and was staying up late to get it finished before I had to return it. Then my friend said, “Don’t you know it’s free with Amazon Prime?” So I’ve been streaming it, watching it as I have time. (And since the surgery, I’ve had a lot of time.) I’m going to watch Episode 8 right after this comment! I’m not sure how far you have gotten with Season 2, but who do you think Matthew should marry?

    • Hi, Amberly. How are you feeling?

      I never feel guilt about nitrates or nitrites. I am glad you don’t wither. Sure, anything to excess can be an issue, but I’ve never have that issue… I love sliced pepperoni. It’s portable and easy to nosh while I walk on the treadmill and work. Finger foods are so important for portability.

      • Oh, and I think Matthew should marry Livinia. Mary belongs with the publisher. At the same time, Mary’s lifestyle is a better fit with Matthew, and Livinia will likely want kids. I cried when Henry died, though. My eyes leaked a wee wee bit.

  4. I am so impressed with your will power! I feel like I have NONE! I do really well all day and then at night give in with low carb ice cream and low carb topping. I know, it’s still low carb but by then I need Zero Carb! I’ve used up all my carbs for the day so anything over that is just that, over that!

    • I am seriously driven to get this weight off. If I’m going to spend carbs, it’s going to be on a calzone at Old Chicago, darn it. 😀

  5. I love your strategies to deal with a whooshie! I am a long way into my journey and don’t really get a craving that lasts longer than 1 minute and they are usually about a month apart…It is a head game even more than diet and exercise, because I have found over the many years of failing in the past it was always my thoughts that bought me unstuck. I am now 40kg (88lb) down with only 12kg (26lb) to go to the BOTTOM of my healthy weight range…I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and now I know I will NEVER go back, as my thinking and attitude to food, stress and exercise have been forever changed. I feel fit, strong and bursting with energy, I just want to help any one who needs it! Your web page/blog has been a great tool and inspiration to my journey.

    • You are doing so well, Rae! I am excited for you seeing you are on the home stretch. My home is a lllooonnnggg way off, over the meadow, through the woods, across a few turnipikes, but we’ll all get there, because we have a lot of fabulous living to do.

  6. First, let me tell you how much I enjoy your blog! The recipes on your site have saved me from carb loading on many a day! I was so pleaed to read your whole family is working on getting your Ham Radio license! I got involved when I first met my husband. I even went all the way to Extra Class. I’ve made many friends and do lots of public service events! Good luck to all of you!

    • Kathy, that is so good to hear! I am not sure yet how far we’ll take training. For me, it’s more emergency preparedness; my husband looks at it like a hobby. I think both balance one another out. Anymore, I have no real hobbies, aside from cooking and telling you guys about it–and that morphed into a full-time blessing~ :^o

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