Friday, March 21, 2014

A hard look at food

Plateu's suck.

The scale has been a major source of my frustration for going on 7 months now. I've floated between the same 7 pounds up and down again and never quite breaking through.   I know T.O.M is here and about to be with a vengeance, but I really came to an "aha" moment yesterday and decided that I really need to sit down and take a hard look at our food.

Throughout the beginning of my journey I started cutting our normal sized meals in half and measuring our food out into proper portions and then logging everything.  At first, I was eating 1200-1450 per day.  The weight was flying off.  So, why did it stop?  I exercise at the very least 5 days per week - sometimes more, sometimes less.

Here lately I've experimented with eating more.  I'm up to around 1640 calories per day and some days I do eat a little bit into my exercise ones (before that I never did...).  For example, here's yesterday's food:


This is actually a bit lower calorie wise than I have been lately, it's usually right at around 1600-1700.  The coffee isn't going away.  I think I do better with my snacks than anything else really.  I'm no where near hitting the recommended 100 proteins they say I should.  The Crock Pot Mexican Pork is something we always go-to because it makes many leftovers but we did serve it with White Rice.  I could make a change to brown there.  (Chris is going to kill me for that - we just bought a HUGE bag of rice at Sam's Club).   And the lasagna was a spur of the moment, after tennis craving. 

The scale still isn't budging. 

So the problem must be with my food, right? The types of food I'm eating.


Really, when I look at it honestly, I'm still eating the same as I did before the weight loss.  Just less of it.  But here's the thing.  I can't get too crazy with stuff either.  I've mentioned before that I'm on coumadin so my blood work is all related to food.  I've been a good number for quite some time now.  When I start eating more greens, my INR #s will get wonky.   So I still have to be careful of what I put in my body.  That' s not to say I can't enjoy a salad once in a while, I just can't enjoy a salad about 3 times per week.    It is mostly greens that make my numbers affect me and trust me when I say, I do not want any more blood clots.  Ain't nobody got time (or health) for that. 

So, how in the world do I start eating better?  Chris isn't anti-chicken but he's close to it.  I can start making separate meals for me I guess.  Plus I'm not much of a cook.  If it has more than 10 ingredients, my eyes start to cross.   I really guess I need to dive in and start looking up recipes and such on skinnytaste.com.

So there you have it.  This is more of a vent than anything I suppose.  



Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for me?  I could really use some advice or even easy recipes here!  


30 comments:

  1. Skinnytaste.com really does have awesome recipes that taste great. It was a HUGE help to keep me going when I first started loosing weight. I lost a total of 46 pounds my first year and I'm now at my goal weight of 120 and I'm only 5'0. So for me, just gaining a few pounds makes a huge difference. Plus, I had heart problems when I was born. I'm talking open heart surgery when I was 5 days old. So I do need to eat healthy and I'm suppose to exercise 3-4 days per week now that I'm getting older and I have a higher risk because of that.

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    1. Wow way to go Samantha! Yea, I'm definitely going to really start going through those recipes and see what I can use that will work for us. Thank you!!

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  2. Guess I need to check out Skinnytaste.com myself. We have a few good recipes that I'm loving right now but I'm at a year long plateau so I'm not sure they are helpful anyways! I think I just need to track my food and get the calories down. I'm really counting on strength training to crank my 40 year old metabolism up, but I have to be PATIENT and give it time, it's only been two weeks, LOL! No advice, just shared frustration! :)

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    1. Yea, I'm working on a plan with weight training as well, April. We're most definitely in this together!

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  3. Hmmm...I certainly think you need more lean protein. Do you like eggs? Is that a thing you can have with your coumadin? I know nothing about it. I also know that starting your day with lean protein helps get some protein in. This may sound weird, but eating chicken or fish in the morning is an awesome breakfast. Maybe you could premake some breakfast burritos and have something like that instead of oatmeal.
    Do you strength train? It might not help the weight exactly, but it will make a difference in your metabolism.
    Wow, there you go. Lots of advice from a woman who really knows nothing.

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    1. I do like eggs and I can eat them! I usually don't make them during the week though (rushing to get out of the house normally...) but I can and will make time to start. I usually do the egg thing on the weekends. I can maybe make some shredded chicken breakfast burritos on whole wheat. That sounds good actually.

      I've started weight training a bit and do it about twice per week. I probably need to think about 3 times per week also...

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    2. An easy fast egg recipe is from South Beach, modified a bit. On Sundays I'd take a mini muffin pan, spray it with and olive oil mister and fill with a mix of scrambled raw eggs, chopped Canadian bacon and shredded cheese. If you like veggies, you can add spinach, peppers, onions, whatever to the mix. Bake in the mini muffin pan at some temperature for some period of time (ok, I'm not the best cook!) and then you can refrigerate them for several days or freeze and they'll be good longer. Just microwave for 30 seconds and you're ready to go. They are tasty and super fast on a weekday morning.

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    3. I made something like that this time around. I need to tweak just a bit but I may add some spinach this time around too. Used ground turkey sausage for mine. Came out really well!

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  4. I think that Jess over @ Skinny Jeans's simple meal planning might be good for you guys, have you seen that? It looks like a pretty simple way to meal plan, with few ingredients!

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  5. I feel your pain Desiree! Have you tried looking up on Pinterest for easy recipes? I usually search it for Weight Watchers receipes and some good ones there. (Even though you aren't doing the program) Won't hurt to try the WW recipes. they are mostly easy ones I tried a Burger from there with just 4 ingredients.

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    1. Ok I have to admit something. Pinterest scares me a bit. LOL But, you do have an excellent idea. I guess I need to go surfing around and try to figure it out! Thanks and excellent suggestion!

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  6. For 2 weeks now I've been up and down with the same 4 lbs. I am down 41 but have 80 to go. It's too early for a plateau or so I thought. ugh...
    I cut out sugar, it was a big deal for me. Also dessert, bread, white potatoes, white rice and cereal.
    I only drink water, fresh smoothies and I've gone back to juicing carrots.
    I drink a protein smoothie in the morning with fruit and kale. At lunch it's a big salad or leftovers. Supper is a small meal, mostly chicken and veggies. I think I'm not eating enough calories. I'm hovering around 1100.
    Be sure to stop by my blog and see what I eat, or follow me on Instagram. Might give you some inspiration.

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    1. Yea, I definitely am starting to make a few positive changes as well here and I'm feeling better about the food. Yea, hate to say it but you may need to up your calories a bit too.

      I think I already do (on both the blog and ig) :D

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  7. Have you heard of spirulina? It has a crazy amound of protein in it!

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  8. if Mr skinny geek is OK with fish I have an amzing Keggeree recipie, which is basically just rice and fish but with lots of flavour?

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  9. I lost 135 lbs over the course of a year plus and it took revamping and revamping and changing what I ate and how I exercised along the way...I worked with registered dieticians along the way. Your body get's used to things and what it took to lose weight the first few months may not work at all the next few months. I've been dealing with a 50 lb regain over the last year, so I am no expert. But I do work with a dietician, so I'll share what I can . I actually lost most of the weight eating a meal delivery plan. If you go on their website it will show you good examples of a month of meal plans--good measure meals.com (I'm not affiliated with them, they just have good meal plans. )


    Looking at your breakfast, have protein with a carb and a fat and or / also fruit. good protein choices--yea -eggs even just boil eggs or make egg salad., morning star veggie sausage or veggie burgers, meat, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, protein smoothees. Protein gives you staying power , Van's waffles have protein in them and if you add peanut or almond butter and banana it is a complete meal and delicious. your other meals-- Not sure if you are having veggies with your other meals, but I would add that. Have a protein choice with your snack. Just grapes is a punch of sugar to your system . grapes and string cheese or grapes and nuts are a better choice. The protein smoothee on the list may have a lot of sugar in there. .
    good luck

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  10. 1. Premake a batch of egg muffins for next week. Super quick to zap in the microwave on work mornings and eat in the car even!
    2. or pre make eggs with a strip of turkey bacon in a low cal tortilla, wrap in wax paper or foil and do the same zap on the work mornings.
    3. I don't do eggs, but I will pre-cook about 8 slices of turkey bacon and cut them in half (pre-cooking) and portion them out for breakfast on the go.

    I'm all about using my Sunday or free day to prep for my week days, even if its just lunches or breakfasts. Anything helps!

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    1. Yea, I did my very first meal prep on Sunday. So far so good! It's a pain and messes up the kitchen but I'm sure I'll be thanking myself for doing that throughout the week!

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  11. I find personally I do better when I am gluten free. so swapping my pasta for rice. I have silently been losing about a 1/2 pound a week and have given up on the food thing for a while. I am slowly getting back into tracking but found what I am doing is slow progress so I will accept it as I can't exercise.

    Are you allowed to eat tomatoes? Asparagus? I have a few FAVORITE dishes I could eat all week long ...

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    1. Not a fan of tomatoes but I have recently discovered that I do like asparagus! Send any recipes my way if you want!

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  12. If you decide to cook stuff for yourself, do big batches of cooking on the weekends or whenever you have more time. We will buy huge things of chicken when it's on sale and freeze them in 2 per bag portions, but sometimes we'll take a whole package at once (3 lb) and cook it in all different seasonings and freeze them already cooked. Take 'em out to thaw and reheat just for yourself! You'll thank yourself for cooking for a little while over the weekend when it only takes a few minutes to throw your food together after work on a weeknight.

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    1. Yea, excellent tips there. Giving it a go.. when you freeze your meals, do you freeze them in tupperware? I'm worried that's gonna destroy my stuff. I haven't frozen anything yet. but just kept a huge stock of stuff on my fridge this time around.

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  13. I love Skinnytaste! Honestly the biggest way for me to drop pounds is to keep things very simple. A lean protein and a veggie for both lunch and dinner - my body hates carbs, but if you wanted the carbs you could do a sweet potato or rice or even a fruit. Good luck! Food and meal prep is so hard.

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    1. Thanks Samantha! Yep, meal prep really is tough but I see that it is necessary!

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  14. thegraciouspantry.com is my go to when I need a new recipe! Skinnytaste is great too as is cleaneatingmag.com and heandsheeatclean.com

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