At weigh in this morning (day 30), I have lost 30.6 pounds. Sometimes the change comes so fast that you don't even notice it. That is the case with weight loss at an average of a pound per day. Half my laundry is too big for me and ready for the garage sale by the time I get it washed. In fact, I noticed walking in to work this morning that the pants I am wearing now are too big. I either need to re-purpose them or send them to a new home.
I try really hard not to get to attached to the numbers, and to focus on the process and taking care of business. Still, I have been a little frustrated lately because I was having a few stall days here and there. An apple day helped, but it still seemed like the numbers were moving kind of slow. Well, I guess not. I can't complain about losing an average of a pound a day. I will take it.
I don't have proper "before & after" pictures yet (obviously, since I am not finished), but I think these two pictures show quite a difference in just a few weeks. The picture on the left is from a few days before I started. The one on the right is from two days ago. (oh, and isn't my ginger just about the coolest teenager ever? Hanging out with her mom and having adventures.)
For a foodie / creative cook like me, the selection does get a little abysmal after a while. One of the reasons I haven't been posting many food pictures is that my food looks the same most days: chicken, cucumbers/celery/tomato, apple. Rinse. Repeat. I do try to invent something now and then or mix it up, as you'll see in the gallery below. I did manage to create some soups with my ingredients last week while I was sick. But mostly I have been lazy with my cooking. I have so much going on in so many areas of my life, I have been enjoying the vacation from menu planning and weekly cook-ups. It has been great, but I just decided it's time for some fresh options. Today I picked up radish & onions in addition to my weekly cucumber haul. I also grabbed some lean ground beef. . .as I have been craving these cabbage roll thingys that my BBF makes, so I am going to try to duplicate.
See below, a smattering of what I have been eating this round. (strawberry "ice cream", chicken & tomato salad, pickles and more pickles, strawberries, and one of the many soups.
I find it is important to try to keep enough variety to at least be palatable. I love my refrigerator pickles, but 7 servings a week is a bit much. I also have to grill chicken again this weekend, so I can spice those up all kinds of ways. Last time I wanted more servings of the curry flavored ones.
With a little effort, I think this next week will at least be more stimulating in the food department.
Here's the soup I made. Very simple:
Chicken Celery Apple Salad
This is a basic recipe that works great for on-the-go meals. I take this to square dances often. I've also been known to pack it in the car on retail arbitrage trips. So Easy!
Chicken, cooked & shredded
Celery, shredded or diced
Apple, shredded or diced
(these are all in measurements of your HCG protocol)
I shred all of mine in my Salad Master machine. It is super quick.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over ingredients. Toss to blend.
You can add a little stevia, or herbs of choice. I like mine plain. The celery's strong flavor with the apples sweetness works really well.
Have a fabulous week!
Jules Warner - Author
Thanks for reading my ramblings.