Showing posts with label Dining Out. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dining Out. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Down 121.7 lb (55.2 kg) ... loving ADF!

Sorry for the late post, I wanted to wait for the monthly water weight to pass as I suspected I’d see a nice drop today. I was thrilled to see 75.1 kg (165.57 lb) this morning. I’m just over the moon! That’s a loss of 1.1 kg (2.43 lb) from my last weigh-in and a total loss of 55.2 kg (121.7 lb) to date – and it means I have only 7.1 kg (15.65 lb) to go to reach goal! How cool is that?

I am really adapting well to alternate day fasting (ADF) and just amazed that I feel great and never get hungry. Even the morning after a fast day I often don’t eat until lunch time because I am just not hungry. I think I could easily go two days in a row but right now this is working for me.

A friend asked for more information about how I do the ADF – I’ve already mentioned most of this, but I thought I’d recap briefly. It really is just this easy – I only eat every other day. While many fasting plans say women can eat up to 500 calories on a fast day (600 for men), I find it much easier to eat nothing than to eat a little. That’s just me – if it works for you, by all means eat something. I do think if you’re going to eat on your fast day, it’s better to have all your calorie allowance at one meal rather than space it out throughout the day because it’s the long periods without food that keep your insulin levels low and kick your body into fat burning. So if you eat small amounts throughout the day that might interfere with that process. But as with everything, experiment and find what works for you. Complete fasting works best for me and I’m having great results.

Now fasting means just avoiding food – you can have all the calorie-free beverages you like on a fast day. It’s cold so I often have a mug of hot tea with a bit of stevia to sweeten, especially at what would normally be considered meal times – otherwise just water or diet soft drink. The next morning I may break my fast with an Atkins shake or small can of tuna (lemon and cracked pepper or zesty vinaigrette are my favourites), or I may have nothing at all until lunch time as I’m not usually hungry.

When my fast day falls on Sunday, I don’t want to have to cook that night but I still need something for lunch on Monday – so I have two standard go-to meals to choose from. I can either grab some Chicken Tikka bites from Woolworths (they’re meant to be an appetizer for four, but they’re low carb so I just have them all) or I mix a can of no-drain tuna with some chopped celery, onion, pickle and mayonnaise and serve it on some salad greens and tomato. Either way I grab a pack of veggies from the store to have on the side which just needs to be microwaved a few minutes – sometimes it’s fresh pumpkin chunks which are really tasty, though a bit higher in carbs, and sometimes it’s frozen veggies in cheese sauce. These are quick, easy lunches with no cooking the night before.

Throughout the Dr Poon phase of my weight loss I cooked large meals so I’d have lots of leftovers to eat throughout the week. But with eating every other day, I can’t really make something that gives me five or six portions leftover unless it’s something that freezes well because it would take me twice as long to go through the leftovers. So I tend to cook just two dishes each week that make four portions each, and that gives me lunches and dinners for feast days. I’m not following strict Dr Poon on my feast days, though I do often make the same meals I did while on that plan, but my meals throughout the week are still low carb. When a feast day falls on Saturday I go out to lunch with my hubby and have whatever I like. Last weekend we went out for Thai, and I had chicken satay. I only ate a small portion of the rice that came with it, but otherwise I didn’t worry about the carb count for that one meal and just thoroughly enjoyed my lunch. It’s very freeing and so far has not triggered any cravings – and hubby and I are both very happy to renew our tradition of going out for lunch together on Saturdays, even if it’s only every other week.

That’s really it – I must confess that I haven’t been doing any exercise other than my daily walks, mostly because it’s winter and when I get home I just can’t wait to jump into my warmest sweats and relax. But then I’ve always known that while exercise is very good for you and has many benefits, weight loss really isn’t one of them. There are many experts in the field saying that very same thing these days, and that’s also been my own experience. I do still get in at least one walk every day, and if it’s rainy or too cold I just do it on my treadmill, but that’s about it.

Anyway, that’s it for now – I’ll check in again soon.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Big drop this week ... thank you ADF!

Oh this is clearly working for me. This week even better than last week! I am so pleased, I saw two new low weights this week. Friday I was 76.8 kg (169.32 lb). And today? Well let's just jump right to this week's results.

This morning I weighed 76.2 kg (167.99 lb) which is a loss of 2.5 kg (5.51 lb) from last week, bringing my new total loss to 54.1 kg (119.27 lb). Yes that's 5-1/2 pounds gone this week, and given where I am in my cycle I should be gaining this week! So I have just 8 kg (18 lb) to go to reach my goal.  I am thrilled.

We even went out to lunch last Saturday and out to dinner Friday night with family. I made the lowest carb choices from the menu both times, swapped hot chips (thick cut fries) for steamed veggies, and thoroughly enjoyed delicious meals.

The day after a fast I sometimes have a protein shake or small can of flavoured tuna for breakfast but often don't eat until lunch time because I'm just not hungry. So rather than eating more on feast days as some tend to do when they first start fasting, I'm generally eating less on feast days than I did before I started ADF and it's always low carb. I think you adjust, you learn to recognise when you are truly hungry as opposed to when you just feel like eating. If I am truly hungry, I eat. In fact I keep a can of tuna and an Atkins bar with me even on fast days in case I really do get hungry but I haven't needed them yet.

I'm 43% completed with Milestone 11 of 12 in Happy Scale, the app that smooths out your daily fluctuations to show your overall trend or true weight and as you can see below after weeks stalling and then starting to drift back up, since I started ADF it's a smooth drop back down. Needless to say I will continue what I'm doing. I'm loving ADF!

As for exercise? Well I haven't run for a week or so, but do get in walks at least once a day, and meet or exceed my 10,000 steps goal nearly every day. I may still run once a week or so just so I don't lose my endurance but most of the reading I'm doing these days recommends low intensity exercise over jogging as a better tool for weight loss. So far so good. Have a great weekend guys!

The coloured bits around the line show how your weight compares to 30 days ago. Green means you're lower and red means you're higher.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dining out Greek style

I know absolutely nothing about Greek food, but I'm dining out with a group of friends this weekend at a Greek restaurant.  Now restaurant fare is rarely low-fat or low-sodium, so I generally just worry about staying as low-carb as possible as I so seldom dine out. It's served yum cha style, so basically they bring out small plates of the various menu items and you pick what you want to try, all you can eat for one price. I can eat just from one or two choices, or try a bit of everything.

Here are the choices for the evening:

  • Mixed Greek Dips
  • Vienna Bread
  • Greek Salad (traditional)
  • Pan Fried Haloumi (Sheep and goats cheese)
  • Flash Fried Calamari (baby calamari lightly dusted and flash fried)
  • Tiropites (Fetta and Ricotta filo parcels)
  • Grilled Chicken (marinated in salt, pepper and oregano)
  • Saganaki Prawns (in a tomato and fetta cheese salsa)
  • Spit Roast Lamb (sixteen hour slow roasted lamb shoulder)
  • Baked Vegetables

What do you think? Some of those sound like they could be fairly low-carb and most are available in gluten free if you ask. Gluten free doesn't necessarily mean low carb, but it couldn't hurt to ask anyway. The bread and dips are out, not sure what's in a Greek salad. I don't eat calamari and obviously filo parcels are out. I'm thinking the last four menu items sound like my best options.

If anyone is familiar with Greek food and can identify the best low-carb options, I'd love to know if I got it right. Obviously the baked vegetables will depend on what kind of vegetables they are. Low-carb or not, I'm thinking fried cheese might be a bit too high fat to include but it does sound good.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Down 101.6 lb and half way thru 30DS

This week I saw another drop to 84.2 kilos (185.63 pounds) which is a loss of 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) bringing my total loss to 46.1 kg (101.63 pounds) to date. Not sure where I'll be tomorrow though - hubby took me out for birthday lunch at my favourite Mexican restaurant. I have not been there since last year's birthday lunch because I started Dr. Poon's diet 19th August 2013. I was rather embarrassed that time because we dined outside, and they have these small, metal chairs with narrow metal poles for armrests. These chairs are not designed for bigger people. In fact they were so uncomfortable I had to ask the waitstaff to bring me a different chair. Truly embarrassing.  But this year?  I slid right into that chair no problem. That was a good feeling! They are still not the most comfortable chairs, but fitting into them is no longer a problem. Yay me!

When I eat out at restaurants, which is rare, I generally pick the lowest carb option and don't worry too much about fat and sodium. So I got the fajitas. I chose the pork and asked that they leave off the tortillas, but everything else was fine. They offered to substitute corn tortillas, but I said no thanks, I'm avoiding the carbs. So they asked if I'd prefer rice! LOL No, thanks - meat, cheese and veggies will do fine.  So here's what I got.  Nice healthy salad, fresh tomato salsa, not sure what the shredded pineapple was for so I left that and most of the jalapeƱos on the platter. I did indulge and let myself have the cheese, guacamole and sour cream.

Now it may look bigger than it was in this picture, but that's a small cast iron skillet, and a very small one that the salsa is in. I mixed spoonfuls of the meat, grilled green pepper, onion and mushroom mixture with the fresh salad and other toppings, and ate it off that small plate they gave me. At my first bite, as delicious as it was, I realised my error. The pork! It was pork carnitas - meaning it was cooked in Coca-Cola. Regular Coca-Cola, and boy could I could taste the sugar. My husband tried a few bites and he didn't think it seemed sweet, but I have not had any sugar in a year, so I sure could taste it. But I'd ordered it and there it sat before me. As hubby pointed out, it's my birthday and a once a year indulgence is OK. True, but I was really worried about getting any sugar back in my system that might set off cravings again. This program has been so easy to follow because I no longer crave any of the old junk I used to eat. And I don't want to go back there. But he's right, it was there and I wouldn't be back here for another year most likely, so you know what? I ate it. It was delicious. Sweet, but delicious.

I'm not sure I'll want to see the number on the scale tomorrow though. LOL Oh, and my boss has already told me not to bring lunch in, she's getting Thai. She had been asking me questions last week about how I deal with eating out and I said I rarely do, but usually don't have trouble finding something at a Thai place as long as they can leave the sugar out of any sauces. Sometimes they can't because they're pre-made ahead of time, but in those cases I'll just have a bit of garlic and soy sauce with stir fried meat and veggies. Later she said don't bring lunch on Monday (they tend to do lunch for people's birthdays) so I'll be eating out twice this week. Ah well ... I can handle it.  Sooner or later I'm going to have to start dealing with life beyond Dr. Poon, so learning to make the best choices now can only help.

Tomorrow marks the half way point in the 30 Day Shred - 15 days in, half way through Level 2, and I gotta tell you something cool my hubby said to me last night. We had just turned in for the night and before he wraps his arms around me to go to sleep, he usually gives me a little back rub and such. He's so sweet. So he stops suddenly and says he can feel my ribcage. I said I'm sure it's been gradually making itself known but he insisted even just a few days ago he couldn't feel it so prominently as he could now. Granted I'm laying on my side, everything falls to the front. LOL but I started feeling what he was feeling and wow, I really did feel different. I hope that means this is working and I will have a noticeable difference at the end of the 30 days. Wish me luck!

One more small thing -- see that ticker at the top of the page? It says my BMI is now 31.9. I started at nearly 50! Soon I'll be in the 20s and I can't wait. :)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Milestone 4 completed!

So you may recall I use the Happy Scale application on my iPad, and you can read my first milestone post about that for more info. I used it to split my journey into 12 milestones, and today I've just completed milestone 4!  And I do mean JUST -- I needed to hit 234.8 to reach it and I'm 234.79 today! So on to this week's weigh-in.

I was fluctuating a bit Friday and Saturday, going up just a little from the new low I'd hit Wednesday, but today I'm back down again. I weighed in at 106.5 kg (234.79 lb) which is a loss of just one kilo (2.2 lb) from last week, which brings my total loss to 23.8 kg (52.47 lb).

I'm happy ... it's nearly Christmas and I'm losing weight; what's not to be happy about? Friday night I met up with a couple of girlfriends and we had dinner at a lovely restaurant - I had filet mignon and you could choose between chips (thick fries) and salad, mashed potatoes or vegetables. I got both the salad and vegetables, which consisted of some pan-fried carrot and zucchini and a small salad with a vinaigrette dressing.  The meat was fattier than I would normally have and there may have been a bit more sodium, so maybe that's why I was up a bit yesterday, but it was very good, cooked with a lot of mushrooms and wrapped in a slice of bacon.

Through the first few months of my journey, Happy Scale predicted I would reach my goal weight next August.  As the rate of loss slowed down a bit, that eventually changed to September, where it's stayed for a while.  Today, on finishing milestone 4, however - it now says October. Hmm.  Oh well ... it would be lovely for the weight to drop off at a fast pace through the entire journey, wouldn't it? I suspect that will change again as I get nearer my goal, as it will probably slow down again.  Fast would be nice, but a consistent loss every single week since day one is nothing to complain about.

My workout for the last three days in a row has been walking, and since I'm off work through the holidays I'll either walk or do some video workouts when I can fit them in this week. We've got family coming to visit for a few days, so there will be meals away from home this week (though I plan to bring some Fauxtato Salad along to ensure I've got a side I can eat with whatever meat they'll be grilling).

I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season. :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

50 Pounds Gone after 17 weeks!

OMG ... I really thought I'd have to wait 'til next week for this announcement, I mean ... I needed to lose over 3.26 pounds to get there this week ... and I did!

So the official stats are 107.5 kg (237.0 lb) this morning. That's a loss of 1.6 kg (3.53 lb) since last week, of which 1 kg (2.2 lb) was FAT.  It's a total loss of 22.8 kg (50.27 lb) in just 17 weeks! I may be in Australia now, but I'm a small town Wisconsin gal who still thinks in pounds, so this 50 pounds means a lot to me. I am over 1/3 of the way to my goal and for the first time ever I have no doubt I will get there. Maybe within a year, maybe not, but I will get there!

Yesterday hubby really wanted to go out to lunch. Since I'd managed to do that on our holiday in Melbourne without any adverse effects, I figured I'd be ok, but being the day before my official weigh-in for the week I was a bit worried. I asked him to pick a place where I could get grilled steak or chicken and veggies, and he chose this award winning restaurant up in the mountain we'd never been to before. It was a short drive and a lovely location, but being 'award winning' meant expensive, and while they had plenty of meats that would suit they all came with thick cut chips or creamy potato sides rather than veggies or salad. You had to order at the counter so I ordered him the chicken schnitzel and asked if I could have the filet mignon but swap out the potatoes for steamed vegetables as I was on a low carb diet. They said they don't have any vegetables so they can't swap, but I could just not eat them or leave them off. It would still have been a $30 lunch and I could only eat the meat? She said, "maybe the porterhouse ... oh wait, that comes with potatoes too."

Then she said, "Oh, there's a vegetarian dish here that might work!" I looked at it and said it had rice in it. She said, "but it's brown rice!" I said "I think you'll find there are carbs in brown rice, too. What about this deconstructed Caesar salad, can I assume the dressing is on the side since it's deconstructed?" She said no, it's already mixed in. At this point I was that frustrated I didn't even care anymore, I mean how hard would it be to make me a salad and leave off the damned dressing? But instead I just said to order his meal and I'd have nothing, thanks.

When I got back to the table hubby was upset because he felt I should have just said we'd go somewhere else, but he was starving, we were already here, and he'd never eaten here before, so I wanted him to try it. Besides, we'd have to try to think of another suitable place, and I had leftovers at home I could eat ... with weigh-in coming the next morning, I really preferred that. Turns out it was probably a good choice for me, and he really enjoyed his lunch so it worked out great. But I was amazed at finding a restaurant that was unwilling to even TRY to work with me! I mean you have salad vegetables, but you wouldn't even swap potatoes for a plain salad? Unbelievable.

Well I'm off to grocery shop for the week ... not much else to do on this rainy day. Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Another drop while eating away from home!

Very pleased to see another drop this morning, down .6 kg (1.32 lb) and this isn't my official weigh-in day yet. I'm closely monitoring it during a week of eating away from home where I don't have my Poon approved meals handy. Eating what others cook, be it someone else's home or a restaurant, means I have less control, so I have to be careful about my choices. So that puts me at 111 kg (244.71 lb) and 25% through Milestone 4 already! My loss to date is now 19.3 kg (42.55 lbs).

Rebecca commented on my last post that she'd like to see a typical day's meals and asked whether I snack. I do not snack between meals, mostly because I don't get hungry. Sometimes I have to remind myself to stop work and have lunch. If you tap the Recipes link in the top right of my blog you will see the meals I make most often. I like casseroles best but sometimes it's just meat and veggies or my favourite, burgers on salad. Yum!

Breakfast is almost always scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, and a protein shake. I put one whole egg and half a cup of egg whites in a microwave safe bowl, add fresh ground black pepper, stir and microwave one minute. Stir again and cook another 30 seconds. Sometimes it needs a little longer but if it's mostly cooked I tear three thin slices of low-sodium ham into pieces and spread on top, then add Poon-approved very low-fat cheese (about 1/4 cup shredded) on top. Then microwave 20-30 seconds more and let cool slightly while I make my protein shake.

I'm allowed one shake per day and the only one available here that fits Dr Poon guidelines is Atkins. I mix one cup unsweetened almond milk with one scoop chocolate shake mix, and shake very well as it doesn't always dissolve completely. During the week I have it after my eggs, but on weekends I might have it after dinner as a dessert.

Lunch and dinner are recipes from the Recipe page on my blog. I make Leigh's Lazy Cabbage Casserole nearly every Sunday and have leftovers for lunch Monday through Thursday. Then I'll make other meals from my Recipe page in the evening and often share with hubby, but making sure I have leftovers as the week draws to an end so I have lunch for Friday and a meal or two leftover for the weekend. I don't always have the Lazy Cabbage Casserole for lunch, I might swap my leftovers around and have it for dinner, and some weeks I don't make it at all, but it's definitely my most frequent meal as it makes a lot so I can cook less often.

Saturday and Sunday I might not eat three meals ... I sleep in later and might go for a walk when I get up ... it's more of a brunch meal plus dinner, so often only two meals on the weekend but only because I don't get hungry. If I am hungry, I eat something.

This week has been quite different as I'm away from home but I've still been having the eggs every morning. The store here only had the pre-mixed Atkins shakes, not the powdered mix, and they are more expensive and not as good, so I only bought a 4-pack and have one when I feel like it. Whatever meals they make, I either only have the meat with some salad and veggies, or when they made a stir fry using a sweet chili garlic sauce over noodles, I made a separate stir fry in a smaller pan with water, a little soy sauce, garlic and ginger, and had cauliflower rice instead of noodles.

We have gone out to lunch a couple of times, first to a place called Grill'd where they do gourmet burgers and chips (thick cut fries). I had the Tuscan Delight, which was a grilled chicken breast, roasted red peppers, basil pesto, cheese, salad and herbed mayo. I just had it in a bowl instead of on a bun, so it was a bed of lettuce, a couple thin slices of tomato, the chicken and cheese, with the herbed mayo on one side and pesto on the other. The mayo and pesto were both so delicious I just dipped my fork in each as I ate and it was enough. Hubby used most of the mayo as chip dip.

Today we went to a different place, I don't recall the name. But when the waiter realised I was trying to pick the lowest carb option and swap out the rice for extra veggies, he offered to make a custom meal to ensure the sauce would have no carbs. It was grilled chicken medallions, grilled veggies and a delicious creamy mushroom sauce. I am sure the restaurant meals have more fat than I should be having on Dr Poon, but they didn't seem salty and I'm not too worried as I still lost today and most meals I'm eating are home made where I have more control. And Sunday I'll be back to my normal menu anyway.

Life throws you curves, holidays and travel happen. You just gotta make the best choices you can and get back to normal ASAP afterwards. So that's what I eat. I hope it's helpful.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Eating Out on the Road

Ok so I've got a week off work and we're on a road trip to Melbourne, stopping half way for the night. I did pack some Poon friendly lunch items, but when it was time for dinner we took a wander around the corner from the motel. He'd located a bunch of eateries nearby but they didn't look promising for me. So we went to the pub as they had a $10 rump special. We each got one ... his with chips (thick cut fries) and mine with salad and veggies. The only things not Phase 1 friendly were carrot shreds in the salad and a small slice of corn on the cob ... I gave the corn to hubby and picked out the carrot.

I was worried about the meat being salty, but since I don't use salt anymore I can always taste the smallest amount and I was pleasantly surprised that it did not taste salty. I cut off any fat and enjoyed my meal. The only thing I couldn't do was drink my water today. Being on the road for five hours I did not need frequent bathroom breaks, but I did have a couple of good size glasses with dinner.

Tomorrow we'll get an early start and hopefully be in Melbourne by lunch time. Ok late lunch, between 2 and 3pm I figure. I'll do weigh-in results tomorrow (yes, I brought my scale).