Day twenty-two- A new low! (In a good way)

Today’s weight: 248.6
today’s change: -1.4
net change: -18.8

Yay! I am now officially into weight territory that I haven’t been in for more than 6 years!! The lowest I ever got doing low-carb was 235, and it was SO HARD to maintain that lifestyle. And I wasn’t really ‘ready’ to do so, either. Now, I’m ready.

Do you know what I mean by “being ready”?  It’s like that friend who you really needs to take care of them self, but they just don’t see it.
It’s when you ‘know’ that the diet you eat & your sedentary lifestyle is packing on your pounds. And you ‘know’ that you ‘should’ do something about it. So, you join a gym. You cut out fast food for a week.  You’re not really ready to make the commitment to keeping yourself (or getting yourself) at a healthy weight.

It’s hard. Don’t I know it. I’ve yo-yo’d several times over the past decade.  It really is a commitment. Just like being married.  There will be good days and bad days, but you just stick through it. You have to make the effort to make it worth it.  Yup, it’s easy to just sit around & order delivery food. Trust me, I am well aware.  It’s hard work to lose weight. You have to have the drive.  No matter what method you use.

You also have to change your mind-set with food in general.  That’s what is going to be the hardest for me, I think.  I managed to maintain my weight (mostly) for 9 months. Then I started creeping up. You know what did it? Fast food, soda, & eating out.  Portions are completely out of control in this country! Seriously, on my 2 week break from VLCD for my surgery, the first low-carb meal I had was from our favorite greasy spoon… It was an omelette. I literally got THREE meals out of that thing! Three full meals!  And I was eating that in one sitting before this diet started! No wonder my weight crept back up! That, and going to a restaurant near my office for lunch several times a week… (You know you go out to lunch too often, when the rapid-turnover staff at a chain restaurant knows your name & drink order!)

I know what I should be eating… I know I need to exercise more…  The hard part is actually DOING it. Following through on those “knows” and stop making them “no’s”.

Okay, sorry… I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here. It just spilled out. 🙂

My day was pretty good. Went for a walk around my office building. It was windy & COLD… and I wore a dress today. Yeah. Probably not my best decision making.  But, the dress!! This is a dress I bought at a thrift store about a year ago. It was TOTALLY not my size. It’s an XL, and at the time I was wearing XXXL. But, I bought it anyway, because I really like the style… and it was $5 (still had the tags on it, too!).  And, this morning, when I was flipping through my closet, I figured I’d try it on. AND IT FIT!

And it wasn’t even tight in the sleeves! Several people at work commented on how much I’ve slimmed down. (Everyone in my office knows I’m doing this diet. There are 6 of us on it right now.)

I’m planning on doing my ‘month’ photos (even though it’s been about 6 weeks) this weekend. I’m hoping the bikini comes by then (I got an email that it was shipped today), but if not, then I’ll use the same swimsuit as last time…

My day~
Drops at 8:00, 1:45, & 6:00
Breakfast was  coffee & water
Snack was an apple & tea
Lunch was 100g beef & 125g cabbage.
Dinner was Sweet & Sour Shrimp with green beans (recipe below), & garlic melba

Water count: 60 oz (+16 oz hot tea) – bad water day again…


Sweet & Sour Shrimp with Green Beans

300g shrimp
300g green beans
1 tsp dehydrated onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Stevia packet
1/4 tsp (or to taste) cayenne pepper
1/2 cup water

Remove the tails/veins from the shrimp before weighing, if needed.
In a large non-stick skillet (with lid), combine everything except the green beans.
Put lid on pan and let simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Remove lid. Add green beans. Cook liquid down, stirring occasionally, until done.

Serving Size: 3 servings
per serving: 148 kcal / 1.3g fat / 10.4g carb / 23.9g protein

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