So....basically I only lost 3 pounds this month, but I am wearing a pair of jeans that I could barely button only two weeks ago. Today they fit perfectly. The scale is beginning to become my enemy. I'm not stepping on it again for another month, at least. I've been way too worried about it and then I tend to get incredibly discouraged when it doesn't say what I want it to say!
On a happier note-I have now lost FIFTY pounds since June 1, 2011! That's just 5 months! I definitely feel like a new person! I've changed the plan up just a tiny bit. I've done some research on the Dukan Diet and the 4 Hour Body diet and I'm doing a combination of the two. Both are high (lean) protein diets with lots of veggies. No fruit while I'm still losing and no grains, not even whole grains for now. I feel absolutely fantastic-I am rarely hungry and feeling very strong! This is definitely going to be a way of life for me for the rest of my life! Eventually I will add in the cheat meal once per week. I'm just not so confident that I can handle it yet.
We still have Paul's family living with us and it has been s t r e s s f u l to say the very least. We are hoping they will be moving out in the next couple of weeks. My birthday is Nov 8 and I prayed it would be by then, but it's not looking too promising. My mother in law is only 76 but can barely walk and is extremely weak and frail. She requires constant care. My sister in law has some mental retardation, with the mentality of about 10 - 12 yrs. Sometimes even younger, in my opinion. I love them and am trying to help as best as I can, but I am plain exhausted at this point. They've been here since September, so it is definitely time to have some normalcy return to our house! I definitely see this as another way that God has chosen to build His character in me!! (Will that character building ever stop?!)
So I know that I promised recipes and I feel like the worst blogger ever, but I hope you can forgive me for not posting any yet. I just can't seem to find the time to sit down and write them out. I have been taking pictures of different meals with the intention of putting together a recipe page for those who want some ideas!
Hopefully it will be sooner than later!! :) Thank you for your patience!
Here is a sample of what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with 4 artichoke hearts
coffee with real cream and xylitol (a new, healthier sugar substitute I am using)
Lunch: Roasted Veggies - asparagus, cauliflower, red pepper
(I eat roasted veggies several times a week, it's just my favorite way to eat them, especially when it's cold outside! I do all sorts of different veggies, just no more potatoes, white or sweet. I drizzle olive oil over the veggies, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and bake at 425 for 15-20 min or 450 for 10-15 min)
Snack: 4 slices of turkey breast
Dinner: 1 large 95% lean hamburger patty with a slice of cheddar cheese, mustard, sugar free ketchup and a couple of pickle slices.
I was completely satisfied the rest of the evening after the hamburger. I ate that at 4:30pm and had no cravings at all the rest of the night! I even served my family pumpkin pancakes with cooked apples and fresh whipped cream, and I had no desire to eat it! The high protein is definitely extremely satisfying!
I thank you all so much for continuing to pray for me! I am looking forward to getting back into a more regular exercise routine, as I have had almost zero time to get my exercise in. I am only exercising about 2-3 times per week, and some weeks even less. It could very well be one of the reasons the scale is not moving as quickly as I had hoped.
I am so very thankful for each person God has placed in my life to encourage, mold, and challenge my daily living! I read this quote yesterday:
Every experience God gives us,
Every person He puts into our lives,
Is the perfect preparation for a
Future only He can see.
-Corrie ten Boom
This is so powerful! I would not have chosen this living situation that I presently find myself in, but I know that God is going to use every experience in my life for His glory, and that just makes getting though another day just a little bit easier. :) He has also placed incredible family and friends in my life that I am eternally grateful for. Some are far away and some new friends who are nearby--I am so thankful for you all!
I thank my God every time I remember you.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.
Pressing on in this journey..thanking God for every experience, knowing that He is in full control!
Love to all of you!
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