Early on in the month, I had to let go of being so stringent on tallying my daily calories...I mean, it's not exactly like I could figure out how many calories were in three bottles of banana-flavored barium! I was busy doing things with Barbara and Theresa, and while we cooked most of our meals, we did eat out for several breakfasts and lunches at a local healthy cafe, where I tried to make good choices. I was motivated by two things - eating well so I could continue to lose weight, and eating well so I would hopefully avoid triggering another gallbladder attack.
I wasn't measuring exact amounts of most foods - in fact, I think the only things I consciously measured were salad dressing, almonds, and Kashi Golean Crunch cereal. I ate a ton of fruit - cherries, mangoes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries...it was great to feel free to eat fruit when I wanted to, as opposed to last summer, when my doctor recommended that I didn't eat "juicy" fruits due to their sugar content.
Even though I recently discovered that I am now in size 12 pants, I really didn't have any idea of where I stood, weight-wise. Today I hooked up the Wii Fit to do my weigh-in for Ang's Get Fit After 40 summer challenge, and to my utter shock, discovered that I have lost nine - yes, nine - pounds for the month of June! Not only am I really, really happy, but I'm relieved to realize that I have learned WHAT to eat and HOW MUCH to feed myself! This gives me such hope for the future when I will be maintaining my weight loss - I think I'm *getting* it, this whole "healthy-eating-and-portion-control" thing!
Several of you asked what was in my strawberry/walnut salad - I made it again tonight (and took a better picture of it with my new camera):
Mushrooms, thinly sliced
Strawberries, thinly sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
Chicken breast, thinly sliced
Newman's Own Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (this is the BEST dressing!!!)
Seriously, I didn't measure anything except the dressing (2 Tbsp. = 45 calories). I just sprinkled on everything until it looked good. As an FYI, I was really hungry when I made the salad pictured on the plate so of course it's huge...and I stopped eating about 2/3 of the way through. Don't worry, nothing went to waste, as my
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