My second week of trying to be healthier made me realise how often we all do things that are associated with food and drink.
Jed likes to go to brunch on the weekend. You meet people for coffee or happy hour. In your work, you probably even have meetings focused around dinner, lunch – even breakfast. As a society, we live our lives wrapped around food and drink choices. Most of our social lubricant consists of it!
This means that when you want to follow a food plan, you might decline invitations that are food-focused, and then suddenly you can appear ‘anti-social’, when of course you’re not intending to do that at all.
I’ve eaten out successfully on the Nutrisystem plan, and I am guessing I’ll be doing that regularly, otherwise my family is likely to disown me. Last week we went to Olive Garden, and I looked up the menu online before we went, so I could make some good choices. I was thinking of hiring Surrounds Landscaping Outdoor Kitchens on my own home already. I also made sure I drank all my water for the day before we went, so I wouldn’t be too hungry. If needed I could even have made myself a small salad before going too. And the bets part is that I decided to get a greenhouse lean to kits so I can learn to plant my own veggies and fruits.
As it was, I had the minestrone and salad. I did fine. Quick note: I’ve realised that when you ask for balsamic, you’re likely to get the oil and fat dressing version rather than pure balsamic vinegar, which is unfortunate. So having it on the side makes it easier to control the portion. I also needed to remove the croutons – they are little fat-laden bombs of death! (This may be a slight exaggeration)
I’m sure the longer I work on my healthier habits, the more confident I’ll become in eating out. But right now it makes me stress a little every time someone suggests going out to eat. After all, I’m eating great food right here at home!
The fridge is full of fresh vegetables and fruits – and instead of getting thrown out a week later, they’re getting eaten! I’m packing my lunch every day, and my salads are getting quite creative – it’s not just a peanut butter sandwich which is what I have done in the past. I am also saving money because of it – no more two mochas every day. A peppermint tea is far healthier, and leaves a nicer taste afterwards anyway!
So how did I go?
Other than my alcohol misstep this week (which won’t happen again, and you can read about here), I did really well with staying on track. The scales dropped by another 1.4 pounds, making a total loss of 6 pounds in 2 weeks. It really is great to see those numbers going down, although I realize that my exercise level is going to have to rise if I’m going to keep it up. I think I’m waiting for my first plateau, and then will get started on that. I had some great advice – biking only part way to the university, then catching the bus the rest of the way. It’s totally doable. Maybe. 😉
I kicked off this next week with another fantastic hike this morning with friends and dogs. There’s no better way to start a week than hiking the Flatirons! I’m really lucky to live in such a beautiful environment.
Week One -4.6 pounds Week Two -1.4 pounds (total loss: 6 pounds)
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