Ten Pounds Down!

So, I’ve survived over a month now on my new diet/exercise regime. No added sodium, no caffeine, no sugar and no processed foods. Believe it or not, things are going quite well. I’ve been adhering to the diet to the letter save for a few modifications here and there. I exercise almost every day. Each morning Mr. Cooper and I hit the greenway for a 3 mile jog/speedwalk. We relish the sun on our snouts and the dew on our paws. It’s a great way to begin each day. I’ve also revisited my love for bike riding this last month. I’ve logged almost 250 miles and it’s been exhilarating and exhausting.

I feel great and am really enjoying this healthier version of my lifestyle. I’ve been checking out books on the topic as well, such as; The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and countless Fitness and Nutrition magazines. I realize I’m tardy to the party, but I’ve always been a late bloomer.

So, you ask. What do I eat? Well, here’s an example of today’s breakfast. Excuse my camera for it is a glorified piece of dung. Who needs a flash? Not me.
This ain’t no rooty tooty fresh and fruity.
So, we’ve got unsweetened cornflakes which took some getting used to as I’m accustomed to pouring about 3 pink packets of rat poison Sweet-n-Low on my cereal every morning. I eat a handful of almonds every morning as they are a kick-ass super food. I’ve got a hard boiled egg for some additional protein and a banana for Potassium and added energy. The assorted vitamins are; flaxseed oil, B-12, Echinacea, MSM, Zinc, Calcium, A Woman’s One-A-Day and I think a birth control pill should be in there somewhere. A little overboard perhaps but I feel like more isn’t going to hurt me in this scenario.
Here’s another version. Ezekiel 4:9 bread topped with 2 Tbs. natural peanut butter. Again with the almonds and this time I added some fresh cantaloupe. Johnny thinks the bread resembles cardboard and he’s not wrong. It is some high fiber stuff, folks.

This will carry you effortlessly into your lunch hour, trust me. Filling, full of fiber and good for you. Win-win-win. I’ve also been eating a crap-ton of “Activia” yogurt. Jamie Lee Curtis is not pulling your leg, this stuff is yummy. Between the “Activia” and the no-fat “Lactaid” in our fridge, Johnny says he feels like he’s cohabiting with someone’s Nana. Very funny. He has less than spectacular bowel movements, I imagine.

Now, lunch isn’t too bad either. Check it out.

Oh, goody, this shot is actually over-exposed. I heart my camera. Anyway, this is a simple salad comprised of mixed baby greens, mandarin oranges, grapes, edamame and some organic grilled chicken breast, topped with Paul Newman’s Balsamic Vinaigrette. It’s lovely. I often leave out the chicken breast and it’s just as satisfying. Of course, you can add and subtract various ingredients. Sometimes I throw in some tomatoes from the Farmer’s market and a little red onion always adds a welcome kick.

Another option:
Yes, by God, it’s a Veggie Burger. SHUT IT.
Okay to all you naysayers out there, (my husband included) veggie burgers have come a long way in the last few years. I too remember when they were soy-filled and soggy. This one happens to be of the “black bean chipotle” variety. You can microwave them, but don’t. Stick with frying them up in a pan to give them a more burger like texture. I top mine with a slice of low-fat provolone cheese and the usual suspects. I add jalapeno sometimes, too. This particular day I was out, hence the hot peppers on the side. I do so enjoy my peppers. Johnny wonders aloud sometimes that I must keep my toilet paper in the refrigerator.

The dinners have equal variety. Tonight we’re having grilled bbq pork tenderloin with sauteed squash and rosemary potatoes. The other evening we dined on cajun spiced Tilapia with pineapple salsa, served with brown rice and a tossed salad. All in all I’m quite happy with the menu options and I feel great. I would be remiss to not include one infuriating little tidbit in this post.

Johnny is not exercising. Johnny has not stopped drinking alcohol. Johnny is eating whatever he damn well pleases for breakfast and lunch. He joins me nightly at suppertime and has been a fantastic sport as I try recipe after low-cal recipe on him day after day.

Johnny has lost 7 pounds and a size or two in his Levi’s. This makes my blood boil. A few years ago one of my male co-workers dropped over 10 pounds in one month simply by cutting Coca-Cola out of his daily routine.

Men.

My goal is to continue on for another month with the same food format, yet with a little flexibility. Maybe no vodka, but perhaps an occasional glass of wine. I’d love to splurge one night on a much-deserved reward of Tikki Masala and some Naan bread.
For whatever reason that is the craving that my body has decided to light upon for the duration of this endeavor. I dream often of a good curry, folks. I also plan on keeping up the exercise schedule and even increasing it with some added activities. Hiking seems appealing given these surrounding mountains.

Moderation has never been my strong suit and even in my chain-smoking-whiskey-swilling days, I knew that this day would one day come. This day has been on the horizon for a foggy twenty-something years in the making. I was over-due to take better care of myself and my body. You know what? Now that it’s here, it’s not so bad.

Having said that, I’m drawing the proverbial line at whole wheat pasta. There is no reason to eat that shit, people. Then again, maybe with a light vodka sauce, it *could* be edible.

One thought on “Ten Pounds Down!

  1. Go you!I hate how men can change just one thing and drop weight so easily. We definitely go the short end of the stick on that one.

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