Q. What were some of your favorite foods while you were losing weight?
A. I've mentioned before that I tend to go through phases with food--I try something I really like, and then I eat it day after day until I find the next thing. So I went through a lot of phases throughout my journey. But from memory, some of my favorite foods throughout the journey were: oatmeal, prunes, apples, peaches, cabbage, Caramello candy bars, tuna sandwiches, pita pizzas, a sandwich made of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff on two waffles, protein shakes (by necessity because of my surgeries), popcorn with oil and salt, chai lattes, PB2 used a thousand different ways, lentils, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, feta cheese, Dove Promises dark chocolate...and probably some other things I'm forgetting. Almost all of my dinners are listed on my recipes blog.
As you can see, I liked a variety of things--both healthy and not-so-healthy. I just ate whatever I was in the mood for, and I counted the calories for it.
Q. When you lost the weight, did you ever hit a plateau? If so, how did you get over it?
A. To be perfectly honest, I actually never did hit a plateau. I define a plateau as a stalled weight loss where no matter what you do, your weight just won't budge for a while. My weight stalled a few times, but it wasn't a plateau because I know that it was from my eating habits--maybe I binged that week or just ate too much on a couple of occasions.
But for the most part, if I was following my plan (counting calories and staying within my range), I lost weight. Regardless of everything else, even exercise; as long as I counted my calories, my weight continued to drop.
Q. Can you share a few days of what lower-calorie eating looks like, or give some sample menus that you used while losing weight?
A. I had to dig out my old paper food journals to find a few samples--these were chosen completely at random. But keep in mind, my diet wasn't perfect--not even close! Like I said before, I just ate whatever I was in the mood for and I counted the calories for it.
December 2009 (1633 calories):
Breakfast: Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal with milk
Lunch: grilled cheese with bacon sandwich, and an orange
Dinner: Turkey, black bean, and corn chili, cup of milk
Snacks: Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich, cup of milk, 1/4 cup Raisinettes
April 2010 (1497 calories):
Breakfast: cream of wheat with milk and grapes
Lunch: hummus with pretzels and grapes
Dinner: chicken and dumplings, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich
Snacks: Nature Valley Sweet & Salty granola bar, bottle of beer, banana with frozen yogurt and honey
June 2010 (1554 calories):
Breakfast: coffee, oat frittata with PB2
Lunch: tortilla with Boca chik'n patty and Laughing Cow cheese, 1 peach, 1 kiwi fruit
Dinner: lemon lentil soup, salmon cooked with a drizzle of honey, ice cream cone
Snacks: baby carrots with peanut butter, one small bag of popcorn, 2 peaches, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich with Hershey's syrup, PB2, and cool whip
August 2010 (1322 calories):
Breakfast: oats with almond milk and walnuts
Lunch: wrap with hummus, spinach, and turkey; sauteed broccoli; grapes
Dinner: homemade baked beans, 1 glass red wine
Snack: cashews and dark chocolate chips
So there you have it--a variety of stuff, with a variety of calories. My diet was far from perfect, but I ate what kept me satisfied mentally as well as physically, and this is all stuff I enjoyed eating.
|Bran flakes with frozen blueberries and milk|
|PB&J on a waffle, and canteloupe|
|Chocolate chips and almonds|