I have lost 17 lbs in about 2 months. I have reduced the amount of calories I eat per day, plus I have reduced the amount of carbs, fat, and sugar I eat. I feel great! I exercise regularly and have more energy to chase my 4 year old twins around the house (and push the 11 year old to do more outside of the house). I say reduced because I have not eliminated anything from my diet. I have had Five Guys burgers, Chick Fil A sweet tea, chocolate, cupcakes, and bread. I have added more veggies and fruits to my diet, helping to keep me fuller and happier. I eat more protein and fiber too. I drink much more water than I have in the past. Good thing I like it. However, unsweetened tea sneaks in there, as does Crystal Light Pure Mixed Berry (even the occasional beer). I still eat pizza on Fridays, but instead of have 2-3 pieces, I try to stick to 1 (sometimes 2). I do have moments when I struggle to figure out what to eat. These are the times that I think of my goal and make a better decision than I would have in the past. Saying that, I have gone back into menu planning to avoid those dreaded decisions that might put my goal at risk. For example, this week,our dinner menu looks a little like this:
I apologize for the crappy handwriting, but I am too short to reach the top. I used Pinterest to find new recipes and keep the ones that seem to be a big hit. Last week, I make Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice from Life as a Lofthouse. Dear Lord, that was good! Everyone, including the 4 year olds and the "I hate chicken" 11 year old), had seconds. Today is French Dip - not sure how it's going to turn out (it's a crockpot dish), but I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I could probably rename this blog something "Pinterest Every Day" or something and do a project a day...but me writing everyday is pretty far-fetched. I have been keeping up pretty well though. :) I digress. Menu Planning has helped me keep on track. :)
I am off to run to Target (my third favorite store behind Joann Fabrics and Michaels). LOL!