Well, I’m still following plan and keeping up with things. I had a burger from Red Robin last night to celebrate the holiday, and after looking at the nutritional information (really, I wish I had done so before eating it), the hubby and I both agree that we will stick to making our own burgers at home. I’m trying to recover quickly from that misstep, so today has been (and will continue to be) pretty minimal. A couple days cutting back on fat and starch will do me some good to bounce back from that. I tell you what, though, I probably wouldn’t be bouncing back quite so quickly if I wasn’t also using loseit.com to keep a better handle on my daily intake. Previously, I probably would have said, “oh, I just went off plan, screw it, i’ll eat everything in sight!” But I’m a bit more aware of how much damage I’ve done and what I need to do to account for it and balance it out.
Let me say that loseit.com is not the only reason I’m succeeded (and I am succeeding). There is something to be said for composing your daily food intake of a good balance of protein, vegetables, fruits, starches, and fats. I could definitely use loseit and stay under my recommended daily calories by having coca-cola and oreos, but that’s not at all balanced. I feel good when I’m eating the mix of foods recommended by slimgenics. Honestly, my stomach felt awful after eating that burger.
As part of my efforts to make sure this change is sustainable for the long term, my husband and I are going to make at least one new recipe each week, and it is limited to under 500 calories for a meal. We’re frequently consulting our Cooking Light magazines (which he graciously subscribed me to for my birthday) and picking things out that sound good. On the weekends, I’m making a meal with him that we can both enjoy. Sometimes this meal is a slimgenics approved meal, and sometimes its not (like this past weekend when we had this linguine with two-cheese sauce). What I’m trying to do, and what I think I’m successfully doing is finding healthier ways to enjoy flavors I like. The cheese used in this pasta was pretty sharp, so I didn’t feel the need to have so much of it before my tongue got the “mmmmm cheeeeesy” sensation. Next time, I’ll probably cut back on the basil and use a bit of garlic, and this will be my go-to for an alfredo sauce fix. We had it alongside a 5 oz grilled chicken breast and fresh steamed broccoli. He was still a bit hungry after dinner and actually said he wanted “dessert” (seriously, this man could go the rest of his life without eating sugar, and it would be a piece of cake (no pun intended), so I was absolutely flabbergasted to hear that word come out of his mouth)! I quickly made the slimgenics-approved microwave flourless chocolate cake, along with some strawberries and a bit of light whipped cream. He really enjoyed it (and I did too!).
On the agenda for this week, he has picked out two new recipes from the magazines and we will be making those for him to enjoy during the week. I’ll be grilling up some more chicken breast in the morning, and I will also make the lemon thyme sauce I’ve been enjoying lately. I’ll look through the slimgenics recipes again this week and find something new to try.