It's been a while since I've put up a “Kitchen Goals of the Month” post, but yesterday when my scales brought me a rude, rotten awakening, I made my August plan and thought you might want to share your plans, too. Tell us what's up in your kitchen and at your house!
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Stupid scales anyway…
August is an odd time to kick it into gear, but as it has happened in the past, the scales have crept up again and now it's time to reign it in and regain control. The sweet treats have been indulged in a bit too often, along with the glasses of wine, and the portions have gone out of whack. Also, as much as I know that weight is more about what you're eating (drinking) than how much you're exercising, still, I need to get moving in that department, too. Sooooo, it's time.
I'm taking a look at this book:
I've heard a lot about this book, Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life, but haven't read it. My friend, Jen, has lost and kept off her weight following what she calls a modified Perfect Health diet. (She's at her high school weight, seriously! That's an extra good thing since she's on TV all of the time.)
Have any of you read this book? If so, what do you think?
I'm not going as low-carb as I used to when the weight would creep up, because I do believe that it can lead to the weight coming back on 2 or 3 fold when you get down where you want to be and then add some carbs back in. So instead here's my plan, just 'til the scales play nice again:
- No sweet treats. Zero. Even these a little better for you desserts.
- No wine. Zero. (Sadness! If we go out to dinner, I'll ask for sparkling water with citrus in a wine glass to help me through. It seems dumb, but there's something about the wine glass…)
- Small amounts of dairy, root vegetables, and fruit.
- Small amounts of healthy grains.
- Moderate amounts of cheese and crispy nuts.
- Fill up on healthy fats, pastured meats, and veggies.
- When I'm hungry and don't know what to eat, or when I'm feeding the family a meal with more carbs than I'd like, I'll fry an egg. Eggs always fill me up well and hold off the hunger for hours. Especially if I make a big yummy omelet with loads of caramelized onions. I could also make any of these low-carb recipes for when I'm really hungry. Some of them, like my yummy bunless burgers, are easy to modify with what the family is eating.
- Exercise at least 3x/week. This shouldn't be too hard if I can just convince myself that work will always be here and then get off this couch to go walk with friends or ride bikes with the kids. Last night we went for a 2 hour bike ride and I was thinking how much better it is for you than running. (This is something Kent figured out a while ago now, but he goes about 25 miles further each time than I could.) With bike riding there are times of intense effort (up hills) and times of rest (down hills), which I've heard is better for fat burning and weight loss. Have you heard that, too?
- Get more consistent again with taking my “blue bottle medicine“.
- Get more consistent again about eating more of these tasty cultured vegetables.
- Keep up with my recent success at getting more sleep, yay!
- The cool thing about recommitting myself to all of the above is that it will trickle down to the kids, too. 🙂
Here's what I've eaten so far today (Monday):
- Breakfast: 3 links of sausage from the farm. Coffee. Cod liver oil.
- Lunch: “Bhurtha” that my friend, Sonia, brought me – I love this spicy eggplant recipe! Plus sparkling water with lemon.
- Supper: Leftover chicken breast/cream cheese/pesto. Cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash from the garden with homemade onion dip. (Similar to this simple homemade ranch, but with chopped green onions.) Fried cheese – just cheese fried in a pan 'til golden brown and crispy. Others use the oven to make more at once and use them as dip dippers. (Need new ideas for dips? Here's an easy dip for any craving.) Water with lemon to drink.
Anyone want to join me in this?
If so, let us know in the comments and tell us your plan, what you're eating, etc. I'll update you on how things are going around here either in the comments at this post or maybe in another post.
Your turn! What are your August plans?