I love food. I mean, I really LOVE it. All sorts, ethnicities, preparations, styles, you name it. I also love lots of food, and unfortunately over time, and having two kids, my waistline has expanded. And expanded. So I find myself facing the fact that if I want to be the kind of active and involved mom for my kids that I always envisioned, it’s time to make some changes. My hubby and I are in a holding pattern for 3 months waiting for some tests, so I figured why not do a 3 month personal weight loss push?
In reality, I have about 100 pounds to lose to be where I want. But why not see what I can do in 3 months?
So I started by just clearing junk from my diet. My husband is supportive, but he’s gone much of the time traveling for business, so I’m kind of on my own. Once I focused on lean proteins, fruits, veggies and “real food” I hit my first stumbling block. What now? What am I supposed to eat? How much? When? And how much exercise am I supposed to get? I’m pretty deconditioned, so I wanted to start slow.
I began tracking my daily food intake on My Fitness Pal, a pretty handy app that calculates your calories, fat, sugar, protein, sodium and carbs for you. It also has a fitness tracker. Pretty handy, and FREE!
A friend challenged me to a 3 day diet which I kind of thought was ridiculous, but figured what the heck when she threw in the incentive of free hair cut and color service for me. I rocked the 3 days and once it was over I discovered that my stomach had become quite a bit smaller. But not being on a strict “eat this, this and that ONLY” diet meant that I have to figure out what to eat on my own.
My new goal is to eat 1200-1500 calories a day and exercise 3 times a week. So far, I’ve met that goal. I can’t wait for my scale to arrive so I can see if it’s making a difference.
In light of the fact that I’m trying to shed pounds, I needed to find some new recipes and basically learn a new way of cooking so that I can meet my goals for each day and eat a nutritious diet. And since a lot of people want to eat healthier, less processed foods, I figured I’d share my recipes with you.