So you may have noticed that I posted this picture on Friday in lieu of an actual post:
In the weight loss process, I’ve come to learn that maintaining can be as motivating as actual weight loss can be, given the circumstances.
My parents, my sister and brother-in law were in town from the 26th of December to the 3rd of January – YAY! This was very exciting but also terrifying knowing that I would be eating and drinking significantly more than I would normally if they weren’t here. I had a few things going for me: 1) My mother and sister are mindful of what they eat as well, 2) I had to work a lot while they were here, and 3) and I was motivated. The combination clearly worked because even though we ate, we drank, and ate and drank again, I maintained my weight loss. I worked out a couple of times (not my best showing) but I still did it! The days that I was working, I was able to have juice for breakfast, lunch, and juice again around the time I usually need the 4pm boost which allowed me more freedom for dinner. I stuck to wine and vodka (except for that one night that I had beer) had thin crust drunken pizza (Kashi brand, of course), and maintained my weight loss from the week before. I was nervous to get on the scale on Friday, not gonna lie, but seeing that I didn’t gain weight proved to be almost as exciting as if I lost weight. To beat this dead horse, when I am expecting to gain but actually maintain, it feels like a win! Now before I get to the rejuvenating part of this post, I must make a few notes that seem obvious but I gotta say ’em – I will also do you the favor of presenting them as facts that work for me as opposed to someone saying, “do this, don’t do that:”
I can drink and lose weight but I stick to wine and vodka. Specifically, orange flavored vodka and water or a vodka soda with lemon. I will occasionally drink scotch as well. I do tap into a Miller Lite, Blue Moon, or some delicious crafty type beer but these days that happens very infrequently as I am on a mission. I think of beer now as situational – if it’s what is absolutely appropriate then I will drink it. And as for Fireball, I’m guilty. That’s not going anywhere. But again, I limit those types of drinking nights to once a week. #lametrain #imgettingold
I can drunk eat and lose weight. However, I am incredibly mindful of what I am eating at 3am. If it’s pizza I want, I grab a frozen pizza (luckily I have a 24 hour grocery store across the street). The Kashi frozen pizzas are thin crust with veggies and because it is Kashi, I choose to believe it is healthy. Those 7 whole grains are on my mission – ha, get it? No? Ok, never mind.
I can eat out and lose weight but I limit the amount of bread and carbs.
Side note: When I am sweating more and eating less, I get drunk faster which means I don’t need to consume as much alcohol which means less calories. Awwwww yeah man!
I was also very into the 3am dance parties. We would get home from a night out, turn on the music, and dance for a good hour, which is great exercise! I would also throw in a few push-ups here and there and you’d be amazed at how many reps you can do in a drunken state! I kid you not. Anyway, the point is that I can be on this life-long mission, have fun and crazy weeks with my family and still NOT GET FAT.
Rejuvenate: I felt rejuvenated after seeing that I had maintained my weight loss, obviously. I kicked the week (and new year) off with some amazing food choices that I will highlight here in just a few quick clicks. I will also take this time to say that if you are looking to lose weight, I highly recommend getting a juicer! The juice provide nutrients and creates a detox feeling on any day of the week. If you have a huge amazing meal and feel like crap after, you can juice the next day and feel normal again. It’s fab.
A couple of things I’m doing right now to supplement the juice, food wise, are these:
1. The best tasting power salad in da world: I start with some baby spinach and fresh kale in a big ass bowl. Then I add awl of dis: cherry tomatoes, chopped onion, chopped up green bell pepper, chopped cucumber, chick peas/cannellini beans, reduced fat feta cheese crumbles, sliced avocado, and pre-sliced (or pre-packaged) almonds or Asian-blend crunchies for some crunch! I don’t need dressing because I also add Cento brand roasted red peppers (from the jar) and marinated artichokes (also from jar) that has just enough oil and taste to get the whole thing tasting right. For those who don’t believe, my boyfriend ate it not knowing there wasn’t dressing on it! This big ass salad will last about 2 days for me having it once or twice a day. It’s amaze.
2. Veggie pita wraps: I made this on New Year’s Day when I was absolutely craving a carb and some cheese but didn’t want to totally divert from the mission. I marinated some sliced bell peppers and onions, and some mushrooms on the stove top with oil, garlic, and a touch of vinegar for the peppers and onions. Then got a thin pita and threw in some shredded mozzarella cheese (part-skim) and melted the cheese onto the pita. Stuffed the pita with the veggies and voila!
3. Newest obsession: roasted chick peas with rosemary, garlic, oil, and parmesan. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Use canned chick peas but rinse and dry them a bit. Then in a bowl use a tablespoon and a half of oil, some parmesan cheese, and a clove of chopped up garlic. Throw on some chopped fresh rosemary as well. Spread out the chick peas on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. These are wondaful to snack on! I also roast broccoli with a little cajun seasoning – YUM.
4. Oh my god, I’m one of those people. Man, people who write sh!t like this are so whatever. I used to hate bloggers like this – I guess mainly out of jealousy but feh whatever, it’s working for me so deal with it.
Anyway, I’m a person who can eat the same thing over and over so I’ve found that these couple of foods are things that I can make and eat for days without getting bored, which helps in the convenience and actuality of them happening departments. I’m sure I’ll switch up the foods in a couple of weeks, keep you posted.
5. This weird thing in the fridge: My sister left some of the food she bought in my fridge after she left. One item completely perplexed me for days – I’ve seen a yellow squash, I’ve seen a butternut squash – but this was a big, almost oval shaped yellow, squash-looking thing. I didn’t know what it was but apparently it is a spaghettis squash! I tried it and it’s interesting. Good flavor and the most compelling part is that it is actually very filling.
Sassarella Says…I think the lessons this week are that when you want something badly enough, you can make it happen. Also, and almost more importantly, is that your body can get used to anything. If it is used to eating fried sh!t and sitting on your ass all day then that is how it is going to look and feel. Now, my body is getting used to being worked out and pushed. It is also getting used to a different diet – my stomach is shrinking in more ways than one because it is getting used to eating less food. And these things, my friends, are very good things.