Work in Progress

By the end of Chef AJ’s 21-day program, I was down ten pounds. Encouraged and excited, I decided to continue on, re-joining her Ultimate Weight Loss program. I stuck to her guidelines, listened to lecture after lecture from her, Dr. Doug Lisle & Dr. Alan Goldhamer, learning about calorie density & the pleasure trap. I just kept eating veggies and starches, walking and learning. I was laser focused, only allowing myself an occasional “slip” in the form of my beloved movie theater popcorn and a couple of (vegan) desserts for a birthday or on vacation. Honestly, when I did/do go off program, I feel kinda gross and am more than happy to get right back on track with the next meal!

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May 30, 2019

By July 1st I had lost 14 pounds total. By early August, 20 pounds was gone! I now weigh less than I have since my early 40’s!  I just bought a dress for my daughter’s upcoming wedding, had ordered both a size 10 and a (hopeful) 8. Well, guess what? The 8 is too big! I had to get a 6, and even that will need some alteration. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever see single digits again, I am shocked & thrilled, and the best part is truly how easy it has been. This was once my goal weight, the top end of the range on WW, and yet now that I’m here I realize that I still have pounds to lose, that I can do better. So, I’m going to continue on, go for another ten pounds, see how I feel with that number.

So, you’re probably wondering what exactly DO I eat, right? Well, it’s so simple. No weighing, measuring, or counting necessary. No fancy recipes, ingredients, smoothies or supplements. I eat food. Real food. Whole unprocessed food, ad libitum! As many servings as vegetables, potatoes, rice, etc as I want. In fact, not only is there not a limit on these foods, there’s a minimum! Chef AJ requests that we eat at least two pounds of vegetables a day, preferably a pound of them raw, followed by as much starch as possible to feel satiated. That’s it. That’s what I do. As I wrote yesterday, this program is abstinence-based, so it’s more about what you don’t eat than what you do. Avoid those SOFAS, eat the veggies & potatoes, watch the pounds fall off.

More on the specifics next time..

Have a beautiful day,

Michele

Menu Planning Monday: Spring Cleaning!

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This week I’ll be focusing on recipes that use up ingredients on hand. It’s time to clean out my pantry & freezer and make the transition from warming winter dishes to lighter springtime fare! That being said, I love my soups & stews so much, you’ll still be seeing those on my meal plan year round. This is Florida, after all, where we often have to “create” our own seasons or it would be all the salads, all the time. Ha!

As usual, I’ll be spending a morning or two prepping and cooking, because I do love a refrigerator full of prepared meals, and would much rather my kitchen look like this a couple times a week rather than every day! 

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Tell me, what’s on your meal plan for this week?

Have a beautiful day,

Michele~

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet most of the time, deviating a bit here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate. If the exact recipe I’m using isn’t published online, I will post a similar recipe.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

 

 

 

Monday Menu Planning: Catching Up

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It’s been a long time since my last post, and there’s a lot to catch up on! For now, a quick summary:

Dad has been moved to Assisted Living which is a much better situation for him. He has a lot of activities, had made new friends, and is really benefiting from the structure & routine.

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I re-joined Weight Watchers and have lost 15 pounds so far! I, too, am doing well with the added structure that the program provides. Being a vegan Weight Watcher is a challenge, I admit, but am figuring it out as I go along.

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We have a new family member, a tiny kitten who literally showed up on our front doorstep.

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I have a little more free time now so am working on a new schedule/routine for myself which will include blogging. I’ve missed writing, and think it’s an important part of my weight loss journey, not to mention the mental/emotional benefits.

Without further ado, here’s this week’s meal plan which include both lunches and dinners.

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet most of the time, deviating a bit here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate. If the exact recipe I’m using isn’t published online, I will post a similar recipe.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Have a great day!