I’m happy to report that on my first Tuesday of summer vacation, things are going fantastically well. Life is really good, and I feel like I am on an upswing in terms of life, luck, and happiness. I’m very thankful.
Yesterday I started SBD and all went really well. I ate A LOT of food, but it all totaled out to 1421 calories, which is at the higher end of my zone. I ate according to the program guidelines for Phase 1: 3 meals, 2 snacks, 1 dessert. Not only was I eating healthy food, but I really enjoyed the food I was eating, which I haven’t experienced in several months. It almost seems too good to be true.
Since I don’t love eggs, breakfast ideas are going to be a bit challenging, but I really enjoy the JennieO turkey breakfast patties, so I think that’s going to be a winner. In addition to this, I had coffee, of course.
I didn’t actually use the French onion Laughing Cow; I had a new (to me) flavor called queso fresca chipotle, and I loved it. It has a nice tangy spice to it.
The 3-bean salad was delicious! I combined black, white, and garbanzo beans, red onion, celery, garlic powder, a dash of salt, pepper, the juice of two lemons, and about a tablespoon of olive oil. So, so good and very easy. The SBD Supercharged book paired it with a sirloin cheeseburger, but since I didn’t have any defrosted ground meat, I just had the breakfast sausages again. I think my choice was less fattening.
I love cottage cheese and tomatoes, and this really held me.
I love salmon and the Newman’s dressing is a great marinade, although it does burn a bit on the grill, so you just have to watch it. And I love my greens, so dinner was delicious.
Normally I don’t love sweets, but lately I’ve been craving a little something after dinner, so this “PB Delight” was really good. You add 1 pkt of sugar substitute, a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, blend and chill. The hardest part was blending, because everything just kind of stuck together in my Magic Bullet. I really liked the flavor, though.
That’s a lot of food, right? It was all taken directly from the book, except where I noted my own substitutions. I felt like I was eating all day long, but I think that’s part of the plan – to make sure you stay satisfied so that you don’t stray from the plan. I definitely didn’t miss the fruit or grains yesterday, and it helps knowing that I can reincorporate them into my plan in two weeks.
The thing is, this morning I was actually up on the scale. This could be for a few reasons:
- It is more food (almost double the calories) than I was eating on Medifast. Although this is sort of debunked by the fact that over the last week I was undoubtedly eating many more calories.
- I’m retaining water. I know this because my feet are swollen. Which means that I need to drink LOTS of water today (and from here on out).
- I need to move my body. Period. Yesterday I did a lot around the house, but I didn’t work up a sweat.
Which leads me to the other main part of this post. It’s time to make exercise part of my daily routine. It shouldn’t be difficult – I belong to a great gym that’s close by, I have access to a pool that’s 5 minutes away, and I have lots of dog walks to take. (Right now Sofi is too young to go on walks, but Minnie definitely needs a walk (or two) a day).
This summer I want to do things differently than last year when I first got Lulu. it was all about here all the time and I never really left the house for too long that firs month that I had her. And if I did it was to hang out and probably eat/drink. This summer I want to make sure that I get my workouts in. I’m not as worried about leaving Sofi by herself because I know she is litter box trained. Plus, I bought an exercise pen to keep her safe and secure in her “puppy safe area.” She’ll have her crate for naps, her toys, water, her litter box and no access to get into anything else. Which makes me feel like I can leave her for a few hours at a time without worrying too much.
So it starts today. Now. As soon as I type this post. I’m taking Minnie on a long walk. Then I’ll do some things around the house, drink water, eat, play with Sofi, and then head either to the pool (if it warms up) or the gym. It’s time to get my sweat on!!