Drinking lemon water is suppose to help with digestion and weight loss as well as giving yourself a wee boost of vitamin C, which is good for the immune system.
Look what I found at the dollar store. I can just plop that in my water container and I don't have to strain the water.
What a great idea.
I won't be weighing in this week.
It doesn't take much to break the momentum. A bit of stress, an upset, something in your life that isn't right.
I am still exercising, which is good but the past week hasn't been as good food-wise.
This was my supper last night. So I know I am still doing well but we did order pizza on Sunday- which isn't good but I know that I didn't eat like a pig, which is what I used to do.
I made homemade granola bars this morning. I got the recipe from Food Doodles.
Now they go into the freezer to harden up.
Onward and upward. Or downward, really!
I got this recipe from A Pinch of Yum. I made it on Saturday. It turned out really great. Using cauliflower as a sauce with noodles. kind of like Fettuccine Alfredo. Yummy!!
Those little 100 calorie snacks- they come in a pack of 6 or 10- unless you go to Costco and get the jumbo pack of 40. But let me warn you! Don’t do it.
Having snacks in the house is not good for me. I will just eat them. It doesn’t matter if it is granola bars, chocolate, chips, ice-cream or the so-called ‘healthy’ 100 calorie tiny bags of goodness that makes you believe you are doing well, because it is only 100 calories, right? What is the harm?
It doesn’t help the diet or healthy eating plan if you eat the whole box! And that is what I do-- because they are there!
I am sure anyone is better off having a snack of an apple or a banana or other fruit. It goes along the lines of not eating pre-packaged food.
I forgot that yesterday when I went shopping at Costco.
Check out this video on YouTube about what exactly is 200 calories. It gives a better understanding of how much food we are eating. I watch this periodically to refresh my memory!
I would say that one deterrent to losing weight is that healthy foods are more expensive. Or are they?
I got this photo off Pinterest- where is said it came from this website- www.flirtyunder30.com -which is no longer on-line. I am not sure how accurate it is- nuts, for one thing, are not inexpensive where I live! As for the healthy part, I think it is rather good. I am not impressed with the spelling errors on it but some people don't care about that.
I have never tried quinoa- never even heard of it before last year. I don't get out much, I guess. That is one thing that I have to try.
I can't eat tofu. I have tried, I really have.
I love spinach. I love raspberries, tomatoes, and broccoli. I don't like brown rice as much as white but I am trying.
I think when I go shopping and I get a load of fruit and vegetables, it seems to cost more. Boxed foods that are processed are always cheaper but most things in a box are not healthy- but the ease of them sometimes wins over.
I find meat expensive as well, with chicken being a little cheaper. Because of that, I do tend to eat less meat and when I do, it is usually chicken.
Since where I live has a limited growing season, we get a lot of fresh food imported- often from the U.S., Mexico or Central America. How fresh can they be by the time they get here? Anything imported costs more as well. During the summer the fresh vegetables, fruits and berries that are grown right near where I live, are abundant and much cheaper.
I guess that is the key-- to eat in season, cut back on the more expensive items, eat less meat. I should start looking at the weekly sales and plan my meals around them (I only do this occasionally!)
What are your favourite, cheaper, healthy foods??
Why do people get fat, do you think? I mean really? Obviously it can happen when people eat too much. Or don't exercise. Or take in more calories than they burn.
For myself, I don't really eat too much, although I do eat more now than I ever used to, but it is more what I eat. Give me a bag of chips and I could polish that baby off, no problem. I could hoover any kind of chocolate without a breath! But I think it is carbohydrates that are my real problem- bagels, breads, donuts, muffins, crackers- all those yummy things. So I think it is not only how much I eat but what I eat.
Or is it more exercise, or lack of, that makes people fat? I know that I exercise more than a lot of people I know. I ride my bike a lot and walk when I can't ride. My skinny sister couldn't keep up with me on a bike. I sure don't ride very fast but I get where I am going. So that is my exercise. Am I likely to go to a gym to workout? Nope. I don't like exercise and I am too cheap to pay for a membership. Kudos to the people who have a steady workout routine. I know lots of chubby people who exercise more than anyone would think by looking at them. And most people know that just because a person is thin, doesn't make that person healthy!
Calories in and calories burned- that is the basis of weight, at least that is the common thought. Trying to research Why Do People Get Fat? is like wading into a dark, muddy pit: every time I think I have the answer, I get bogged down with different opinions. So many different views!!!
Besides food and exercise, other factors that affect weight are:
Lack of sleep
I think I will try to tackle each factor in separate posts!
I made some oatmeal for breakfast then decided I would make the asparagus that I had in the fridge! I cooked it for about 4 minutes, put a tablespoon of Becel on it with lemon pepper. Yummy!!
I am not full but I am not hungry- the key is to eat until I am not hungry anymore!
You have to have a plan. With just about anything, a plan makes things run smoothly!
Here is my Weight Loss and Fitness Plan (subject to change and modification!) Hereby shall be know as The Plan.
Exercise (which I really hate!):
Resistance band for toning
Yoga to build strength
Keep track of exercise on SparkPeople.com
Food and Nutrition:
No junk food!!! (this is major for me)
Portion control (as opposed to a deprivation diet. I think this will work better for me, at least in the beginning)
Low carbohydrates (I am a carboholic!)
Less wheat (I may revise this to no wheat, I am not sure!)
Drink more water
Check weight on Wednesday, for no other reason than they both start with W.
Spark People is a great site for weight loss. You can keep track of calories in and calories burned with exercises. There are lots of motivational articles and recipes. Plus it is free.