The past two weeks have been interesting! I challenged eggs the first week, dairy last week.
As you know, cooking/meal prep means “keep in simple, Sweetie!” And since my “egg days” did not include the weekend, I bought a dozen eggs, boiled them up and added two to my salad the first day and used two as a snack the second day. Can’t get much simpler than that! Yes, you can! You can remove them from your meal plans!!! After just two days, I noticed I was having headaches and was not feeling well! I decided that, with such a strong message from my body, I really could “call” that one!
Last week, for my dairy challenge, I went organic, with cottage cheese, kefir and string cheese. Loved the string cheese, still am not sold on cottage cheese and experienced kefir! I used that in my protein shake...and rather liked it! I had no real noticeable reaction to any of the dairy, so I am OK to include that in the next phase.
The end result is that soy will remain out of my food plan, by taste preference. Eggs will be a very occasional menu item (Cathy suggested I try an egg white omelet). Gluten and dairy will be added in about one or two times a month. This will allow me to make some additional choices, most particularly when eating out. This takes me to...
This will be my food plan until next January! I will continue to eat “lean and green” most days. This plan has worked for me, enabling me to release 14.8 pounds of body weight, decrease my body fat by 7 pounds and increase my hydration! Now that’s what I like!
Feb 3, 2014 to Mar 22, 2014 Changes:
- Fat Weight/Percentage went from 96 pds/43/2% to 89 pds/42.7%;
- Lean Weight went torm 123 pds to 120 pds;
- Water Liters/Percentage went from 44.49 ltr/43.8% to 42.98 ltr/45.2%;
- Body Weight from 223.8 pds to 209.0 pds
The focus for Phase 3 will be to maintain my food plan and to introduce consistent activity in my schedule. This may be a larger challenge for me than the change in my food plan!
Exercise for exercise’s sake has never been a part of my life. As a child and teen, I was very active. Once I began working, my activity level just about ceased! Other than walking to/from my car, office, around the office, etc., I really was not active. I did ski when I lived in the Eastern Sierras; that ended when I moved back to the city! So going to the gym and working out does not really excite me!
Changing my loose muscles for smooth, firm and tight ones, does! I did go down to my workout room today and put in 10 minutes on the bike. After posting this and taking care of one other project, I will get out the hand weights and put in some time with them. Any ideas for someone who does not have access to leg weights? I need to build up my leg muscles, especially in my knees! HELP!
Thanks for staying with me on this part of my journey! I am 10 pounds away from my first BIG weight goal! I hope you will help me celebrate that milestone soon!
Cheers to your health! A “Like” or “Comment” will be gratefully received and perceived as a hug and your support!