So how have I been doing since beginning with my version of Chef AJ's Ultimate Weight Loss program? Mentally, I'm worlds better! Physically, I'm on the right track.
I mentioned in yesterday's post that I have had a bad relationship with food and food cravings. This program has helped with that tremendously, along with being vigilant to not look at food blogs. Instead, I have been enjoying reading some knitting and home improvement blogs. Overall, I feel like I am more in-tune with my body's needs and have consistently been eating only when truly hungry.
Since starting the program, I am down 7 lbs and have been steadily losing from week to week. Along with actual weight loss, I have been feeling slimmer overall, as if what I have been losing has been only fat that has been holding on for a while. My clothes have been fitting better, even to the point that one of my favorite pairs of jeans were too lose even after a wash and dry. I think that I still have a good 20-30 lbs to lose before I get within a comfortable healthy weight, but I am encouraged to keep on my same path and let that happen over time.
Another physical change that I have noticed is my skin. Since I was 15 or so, I have been dealing with acne of some sort. Some times have been better than others, but I have always had a blemish or pimple on my face to deal with or cover up. After starting the program, I haven't had a single breakout. As if weight loss wasn't motivation enough! It has been so nice to use minimal makeup and to not be self conscious of my face. I have felt more confident as a result.
One thing that has helped me a lot to stay on track is planning my weekly meals ahead of time. By this I mean my lunches and dinners. My snacks and veggies for breakfast change up daily depending on what veggies and fruit I have on stock. For lunches and dinners, I have been batch cooking many of my essentials including brown rice, baked sweet potatoes, as well as soups and chilis.
For brown rice, I cook it once a week in my pressure cooker, generally making 8-12 cups in the end. I leave about 2-4 cups in the fridge and freeze the rest in 2 cup portions in baggies. Over the next week, I pull out and defrost what is needed. Kevin eats quite a bit of rice although he is not following my same plan, so we go through my stock pretty regularly.
The sweet potatoes I either bake 4-6 at a time and store them in the fridge until I need them, or I have been taking raw potatoes to work and baking them in our toaster oven in a pinch. My sweet potatoes are generally my favorite food within a day. Often I chop them up and add them to my soup or chili, eat them plain by themselves, or top them with a vegetable or bean based sauce (like Chef AJ's Yummy Sauce).
The chilis and soups I have been making include my favorite Three Bean Chili, Summer Vegetable Corn Chowder, Potato Leek Soup, Mexican Pinto Bean Soup, and Creamy Broccoli Soup. The nice thing about most chilis and soups is that my husband will eat them, so I don't have to worry about his meals very much.
That's all for now folks. I'll be coming back later next week with a few more posts about some fun traveling, crafts, and home improvements we have been doing. See you next time! :)
Health and Happiness,