Saturday, October 18, 2014
When I suggested to my dear daughter that I would make all her meals and snacks to get her launched with the Full Plate Diet, she said 'like Nutrisystem'. The Wiki definition of Nutrisystem - portion-controlled entrees and snacks. Customers supplement these packaged foods with grocery foods, including vegetables, fruits, and dairy items. I am including her vegetables, fruits, and dairy items.
DD lost 3 pounds in 3 days and is quite motivated to keep going with the diet. This morning as I was prepping her meals and snacks for the weekend, I decided that I too will prep my foods a day in advance and eat the same as she eats. I need to buy more food saver containers!
Hopefully this will get me off the plateau and get the scale moving again.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Friday is almost here. I had a busy week and I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend. Tonight I am going to bed early so I can be up and ready to leave earlier. I am making all DD's meals to get her launched in the Full Plate Diet. I am record her meals in Spark, then make them. She gets them and then I twitch Spark a bit for what I eat. She just completed day 2 and loves it. She said there is too much food, but that's the great thing about the diet. She doesn't live at home so we have quick chats about how she likes the food, etc.
The diet has been my priority this week and will remain so till I feel it's easy, and I can do it without thinking about it too much. I am doing well with the Full Plate Diet and will be happy with any amount of weight loss. Today I had 58 grams of fiber and my calories were a little over but I am ok with that. I am adjusting to the new menus and expect it will level out.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I am consistently going to the gym at least 3 times a week. It is starting to feel like a habit again and I am into workout mode with the strength training and cardio. I learn by watching others using the equipment and I have tried yoga and zumba. In general my energy level is improving.
When we moved here 3 years ago, we chose the closest gym for easy access and to meet people. In the last year we were away a lot and stopped going. Now we go to the YMCA, which is a little further, but it has more facilities, programs and we opted for the Plus which includes the private change room, hot tub, etc. The timing is good because soon it will feel like fall and there will be rainy days.
Relaxing at the Y after the workout is the reward. I meet DH in the public hot tub for a few minutes, then head to the change room for a leisurely shower, put on my robe, make a cup of International coffee, then sit and read the daily paper (supplied). By the time I leave I feel refreshed and rewarded.
I fell behind in tracking my exercise in the fitness tracker, but I am consistent with nutrition tracking. Two of my Spark friends are doing the Full Plate Diet too, aiming for 40g of fiber daily, so I get a few ideas from them. Yesterday was a low fiber breakfast of bacon and eggs, so for lunch I had 1 cup of Fiber One Honey Clusters 13g fiber, 1/2 cup of Kellogg's All-Bran Cereal 10g and 1 cup of sliced strawberries 4g. The cereal will be my go to if I am low on fiber for the day. Focusing on the fiber content is changing my whole food focus. I am not longer thinking what do I 'feel' like eating? I am looking at how much fiber I have eaten and planning how I will get enough to hit 40g.
While we are away we get out of touch with our friends here so we are catching up this weekend. Last night we had a couple over for dinner, and tonight it's another couple. Monday we are having family over for turkey dinner.
This week I got a china cabinet and started unpacking china I packed up over 3.5 years ago, when we were getting ready to move here. My little buddy helped, and she was so excited like she was opening up birthday presents. What fun to open boxes and discover pretty tea cups, etc. Hopefully I will have more unpacked and be able to set the table on Monday with vintage china.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
Monday, October 06, 2014
I struggled to get back on track with my eating but it's has not been going well. My portion sizes, calories, cravings, choices, etc. are crazy. I am eating too much, too often and the wrong foods. I often 'feel hungry', so the empty calories are not filling me up.
I decided hunger was the biggest issue, so the answer for me is the Full Plate Diet. The last time I really committed to the Full Plate Diet (high fiber diet), it went well. The meals are so filling I won't think about eating in between meals. It is easy to find and prepare the right foods.
I am re-reading the online book 'The Full Plate Diet', it's free. I have a hard copy book, but I read so much on the internet I have become a little ADHD and can't sit and read for an hour at a time, so I am reading it a few minutes at a time online.
I hit the daily goal of 40 grams of fiber and stayed in my calorie range! Also went to the YMCA for cardio and strength training.
My Food Plan -
1. Fiber intake a consistent 40+ grams each day.
2. Reduce intake of meat, dairy, and other high calorie, high fat and low fiber foods.
3. Eat fiber foods at the beginning of every meal or snack.
4. Experiment with a wider variety of high-fiber foods.
5. Daily drink 8-10 glasses of water
6. Stop eating when when I no longer feel hungry.
7. Meals planned and home cooked.
Today's high fiber meals
Breakfast - oatmeal, blueberries, walnuts, milk, Splenda 7 grams of fiber
Lunch - brown beans on toast 15 grams of fiber
Snack - apple slices 5 grams of fiber
Dinner - beef, brown rice, cauliflower, green beans 13 grams of fiber
Total 40 grams of fiber and 1522 calories.
This is the question posed in the book - So do you want to eat tiny portions or a full plate?
So I am opting for the full plate!
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