Everyone wants to lose weight, right? With the New Year up and running, weight lose is huge right now. I’m one of those people who would love to lose 15-20 pounds of fat and tone up my muscles. One big problem I’ve encountered is that 1) I’m lazy and 2) I like to eat.
Over the past summer, I kept a chart of everything I ate during the day and how many calories were in each item. I was shocked when I discovered that I was in the 1500-1800 calorie mark, well not that shocked, but still I knew I had to get my calorie count down if I wanted to lose any weight.
I tried a lot of different things during the course of the past six months. I tried just cutting down what I ate for all three meals, while still having 3 meals. I read website after website trying to figure out the perfect meal plans, but I always struggled with one thing…I was starving all the time!!! No matter how many “little” snacks I added into my day, it was never enough and a few hours later I was starving. Being hungry all the time is not good at all for your metabolism, it actually slows it down, so that needed to stop.
I think it took me until December to figure out a meal plan that actually worked for me. I would eat breakfast and stay full until lunch, eat lunch and stay full until dinnertime, eat dinner and wake up ready to eat, but not starving. It was the best feeling in the world. Not only did I figure things out, but I cut my calories down to right around 1000 calories a day.
How did I do it, I found the right match of foods for me. Everyone is different and every body is different, but this seemed to work for me.
For breakfast, I make a bowl of Malt-O-Meal (I can’t stand oatmeal, but it would actually be better for me.) One serving is 170 calories.
I also like to start the day with coffee, but Starbucks will go straight to your thighs no matter how good it tastes. So, I go with International Cafe, French Vanilla…and they have a low-fat variety so it is only 70 calories per cup. Breakfast=240 calories
For Lunch: I go with soup with heavy broth. I found two kinds of soup I like and I rotate everyday. They are Progresso’s Light soups.
If you are doing the Weight Watcher’s plan, the veggie soup is 0 points and the Italian Style Meatball is 1 point, so that is a plus. They are both under 100 calories for half the can (I like to eat the whole can, but still keeps me under 200 calories for lunch). Since both of them are made with vegetable broth and have lots of veggies in them, I get a good chunk of my daily vegetables right there.
Kevin has introduced my taste buds to all things spicy, which I did not grow up loving. One of the best things we have found is Evergood Hot Link Sausage. This stuff is good, but I warn you, it has a kick. At first, it was too spicy for me, but now I put it in almost everything, including my lunchtime soup. I take one sausage cut it up and mix it into my soup. It gives me soup a nice spicy kick. One spicy sausage is 160 calories. Lunch=320 calories
Dinner has been getting tricky lately. The trick is to keep it healthy. Lately, I have enjoyed a baked potato with some spicy sausage, cheese, and sour cream…which is loaded with calories, but still keeps me under the 1000 mark, which is my goal. Potato: 110, half a spicy sausage: 80, cheese: 110, light sour cream: 70. Sometimes I add a cup of skim milk for the bones: 90 calories. Dinner=460
Total calories for the day=1020 (so that puts me slightly over 1000 with the milk).
That was my typical meal plan for the past few months. However, with Christmas and the holidays there was more eating and more going out to eat. My goal this next month is to eat out less, maybe only once a month and to work out more, to burn those extra calories.
My dinners have changed as well. I try to mix up dinners now, but keep it pretty healthy. I’m the kind of person who can eat the same thing everyday and not get tired of it, but some days it helps to mix up dinners and make something different everyday.
Just by changing my eating patterns and my calorie intake, I have lost and managed to keep off 5-6 lbs. over the past few months. Hopefully, now by adding in a regular workout and weight lifting I can get down to my goal weight…but more on that later.