Monday, August 13, 2012
On weight loss and menu planning...
As of today, my friends, I have only Seven more lbs. to lose to reach my wedding weight! Woohoo. Of course, when hubby and I wed, I had already gained quite a few lbs and lost major muscle tone, but it's still pretty darn huge. A month or so ago, I mentioned joining a gym. I have been going to Curves 4 times a week for 30 minutes at a time. My family and I also try to walk a couple times per week. Curves has helped me tone up a bit, but is not responsible for the weight loss--diet is. I've often heard "get fit in the gym, lose weight in the kitchen." I wholeheartedly agree.
There are a few things that I always keep on hand and ready to go. When I diet, I feel borderline unsatisfied at all times, so for me, if I don't have something healthy and ready to munch on when a craving hits....well, I bomb.
Here's my list of must haves:
1) Dill pickles-no calories and a pleasant crunch! These are often my go to when I need a snack. The only downside is sodium content.
2) Good, fresh apples. Buy the best quality apples you can....from a farmers market of local orchard. They are great, provide the something sweet we often desire and can be a meal if paired with a bit of peanut butter.
3) Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning. My family goes through so much of this and to save money, I started buying the large bottle of mix at Sams Club. I always keep fresh dip and salad dressing in the fridge.
4) Pudding and jello mixes- Chocolate pudding made with skim milk will do just fine when a gal needs some chocolate. While the taste isn't Barefoot Contessa quality, it's still okay. The same goes for jello mixes. I often add canned fruit and after the jello is set, I will add a dollop of fat-free cool whip on top and you have an instant dessert. Again, not gourmet, but when you've gone quite sometime without dessert, this tastes pretty darn good.
Just a few ideas I had.....stay tuned for this weeks meal plan!
Posted by Simple at Heart at 2:20 PM