I have good news and I have bad news.
The good news is I stayed faithfully on my diet while I was traveling last weekend and did not “cheat” once.
The bad news is that I gained 2 pounds. Seriously. How is that possible?
I walked every morning while I was there. The views were so incredible that I actually walked almost twice as far as I do at home. I didn’t want to go back to my room and lose sight of the mountains.
But when I got home my weight was up. I am sure it will be down again next week as long as I stick with it. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m refusing to let it discourage me.
On this diet I don’t eat any sugar, carbs (except what’s in some vegetables), dairy (except yogurt) or fruit (except berries). During the retreat that made it challenging to find something to eat at every meal. But I had taken some high-protein bars, so I was able to eat those for breakfast.
What’s interesting is if you pay attention it’s pretty easy to find something on a menu that fits with this diet. For instance, our retreat banquet Saturday night was a salad (which I just skipped the dressing), steak (which I could eat), rice (skip), and sauteed veggies (which I could eat all but the carrots). I passed on dessert and felt perfectly fine afterward.
And, of course, l drink lots and lots of water.
You can read more about my diet plan here.
It seemed so daunting at first…..what on earth was I going to eat?! I was used to my chips and Diet DP for lunch most days. But as time has progressed and I haven’t starved to death, I found it’s really pretty easy.
Like at home, we like to make stir fry for dinner. I can eat that as long as I don’t eat the rice. When we have spaghetti I make a sauce without sugar and put mine over green beans and zucchini instead of pasta. It’s actually good and I get nice and full.
For breakfast I have scrambled eggs almost every morning (since we have chickens I can eat fresh eggs).
With my eggs I will have some blueberries or turkey bacon (or both!). Sometimes if I’m in a hurry instead of the eggs I make a small smoothie with plain yogurt & berries because I can make that the night before. But I don’t really like the taste, so I don’t do that very often. I’m pretty whiny about eating things I don’t like.
Lunch is almost always a big salad that I can add tuna or chicken or ground turkey to. I mix different veggies with that, depending on what’s in the fridge. Then for dinner I will cook a bunch of vegetables and a different kind of meat.
About once a week I try to make something different….out of my usual box….to keep it from getting boring. I can go Asian or Mexican with my flavors and try my hand at sauces without flour or sugar. It’s not always a big success, but fun to try.
So that’s my eating plan. Not too shabby, huh?
The thing that I have noticed is how much better I feel. I knew I was sluggish and easily tired, but because I struggle with thyroid and adrenal issues I thought that was the problem. Since starting this diet and my morning walks, I actually have more energy and I don’t feel all bloated and full anymore. I am so surprised at how much energy I still have in the evenings. And I didn’t realize it before, but I always felt kind of achy, and that is completely gone.
And now I leave you with one last picture from my morning walks in California. I loved those walks!
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