So, today was my second weigh in at Weight Watchers. (For the record, I am in no way, shape, or form, paid to endorse Weight Watchers.)
I have lost 10.2 lbs total; the bulk of it the first week. (8.6 lbs)
This week, I lost 1.6 lbs. This week was harder. The first week, I went to the gym 5 days and exercised an average of 45 minutes per day.
This week, I did not go to the gym at all. I will be going back. I had a cold and then my mom came for a visit and my foot really hurt. I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I exercise.
The first week, I fell back into my "normal healthy" eating habits. The most notable being a large, savory breakfast around 2 hours after I wake up. When I say large, I mean large, but it's mostly veggies. Either a HUGE salad with 1 cup beans or tofu or a huge curry with at least 4 cups of veggies and 1 cups of beans along with around 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil. I add a bunch of hot peppers or hot dried peppers and I feel GREAT! It holds me for hours and gives me a ton of energy. Either that, or I make a soup out of beans, veggies, 1/2 tbsp fat and lots of hot peppers.
That is how I started most of my days last week. Note, what you see in the pics may not represent the true portion I ate. Usually it is MUCH larger. I will start taking pics of the amount of food I eat. It's pretty staggering how many veggies I can pack away.
Tofu and Veggie curry 8 Points
Italian Veggie and White Bean Stew 6 Points
Vegan 'Cheesy" Cauliflower Soup 5 Points
Black Eyed Pea and Veggie Curry 6 Points
Thai Cauliflower Bisque with Tofu and Cremini Mushrooms 7 Points
All of these breakfasts gave me what I needed to make the day easy and almost effortless.
I just read a book called Potatoes Not Prozac that has really opened my eyes to my patterns with eating. Now, I am not a huge sugar eater, but I LOVE bread, even whole wheat bread. Good quality white bread is like CRACK to me; in fact, it is a huge reason I ballooned up to 300+ pounds TWICE in my life!
I also have a lot of alcoholism in my family, which is a pre-curse biochemically to being sugar sensitive. I strongly recommend this book to any of you who have trouble with your relationship with food. It explains the SCIENCE behind things. I've known that I have worked REALLY hard mentally on "issues" only to have things fall pear shaped (pun very much intended) fast when I stop eating the way I know makes me feel the best.
This week was a study in this. I got cereal. Whole grain, high fiber cereal and Greek yogurt. I had several breakfasts: one with high fiber cereal, Greek yogurt, flax meal, and frozen, unsweetened fruit. Calorie wise, it contained around the same amount; same with fiber and protein, yet within and hour, I felt like I wanted more and more food.
I also have never really felt satisfied with oatmeal, even steel cut or old fashioned oats. I started to get shaky, hungry and just felt a HUGE need to eat more food all day long mentally and physically.
I wondered if it was the wheat/grain element, so this morning, I had a great and super yummy breakfast of Greek yogurt (1 cup) 2 tbsp flax meal, stevia, cinnamon, 1/2 cup frozen cherries and 1/2 banana.
Within and hour, my heart was racing and I felt shaky. I felt this way over the holidays once when we were at The Boyfriend's grandparent's house and they served fruit and danish for breakfast.
I am OK eating sweeter treats like this as a snack, or a smaller amount after a meal, but I don't think I can eat this first thing in the morning. I guess this is why I've always been drawn to savory breakfasts... which for me, is usually leftovers. Since I never ate eggs and obviously never ate any breakfast meat, things like this were what I would eat breakfastwise... and it never agreed with me. Even when I was cooking in restaurants, I would not eat breakfast and rely on tastes of this or that savory food all day long instead of eating real meals.
I'm glad to see the science behind why I feel this way. I really encourage you to pick up a copy of Potatoes Not Prozac!
This week, I have a new plan of action. I will eat my savory breakfast. 1 cup beans and as many veggies as I want either cooked or raw, along with healthy fat: whole avocado, sesame seeds, peanut butter, coconut oil, olives, nuts, seeds.