Negative 50

March 19, 2011

I have lost 50 pounds in three-and-a-half months.

How? Well, I had a sit down with my doctor, had some blood work done, sorted out my thyroid, started a very low-calorie diet, continued to work out 60-90 minutes a day 6 days a week: lather, rinse, repeat.

Seriously, that’s it. But here are some specific things that have helped.

1. I don’t cheat. Period. Birthdays, holidays, housewarmings, baby showers: anything can be an excuse for a cheat day, and if you take them all you’ll find your cheat days out number your days on your healthy eating plan. Now, I do have reward days. Every 25 pounds lost I allow myself 200 bonus calories for one day. I compensate for these calories with additional workout time.

2. Spinach is my new best friend. I’m not on a low-carb diet by design, but it turns out that pasta and bread are not really on my radar at the moment. Why? I can have a lot more spinach (or broccoli or cauliflower) than I can have of pasta or bread.

3. I don’t use a lot of condiments anymore. A tablespoon of ketchup has 15 calories. When was the last time you used a tablespoon of ketchup? Don’t even get me started on salad dressing. Instead of salad dressings, I’ve started cooking my Quorn naked cutlets with a couple tablespoons of marinade and putting that on top of my spinach salads, it works. I don’t actually miss salad dressing at all. (I really didn’t ever see this coming.)

4. I weigh and measure everything I prepare and eat. I look at portion sizes on packaging and use my calorie book to figure out how many calories are in everything I eat and then? I write it down. Everything that goes into my mouth gets written down on my diet tracker. It is really easy to “forget” that you’ve eaten or to dismiss a “bite” of something. And I do mean everything – even vegetables because vegetables are good for you, but they still have calories. (Look at the nutrition panel on a bag of baby carrots sometime. Carrots have a lot of sugar, they are a pricey commodity in the world of calorie currency.)

5. I have a piece of fitness equipment, in my home, that I actually like. I force myself to use it even when I don’t want to. Elroy the Elliptical and I have a love/hate relationship, but without him I wouldn’t be anywhere near my goal.

Oh, and if you’re not using the new non-stick foil, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. I don’t even use olive oil to cook anymore (heart healthy, yes – low calorie? no). It is amazing,
and I’m pretty sure they must weave it from unicorn mane hair or something, it’s that unbelievable.

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