Dietician

So, it’s been one week since I met with the dietician. I haven’t written about it because while everything she said made since while I was there…..I am now 100% lost. She said we were doing really well with counting our numbers daily, and keeping active food journals. She said I shouldn’t discount walking the dogs as exercise or the work I do at my job. My Doctor had led me to believe that my job wasn’t actually exercise because it doesn’t get my heart rate up fast enough, however I beg to differ. I made the comment today to a co-worker that I wanted to get a heart rate monitor and wear it to work to actually see what we’re doing.

Anyways, the one thing the dietician clued me in on was how many calories I should be getting. I had no clue and had been anywhere in the 1500-1700 range. She said I should be getting 1800 calories a day!!!! However, she also said she wants me to watch my carbs. Not Atkins watching or anything, just cutting back a little. She sent me home with all this paperwork and meal plans to look over. I was very excited at first. When I sat down Thursday night to plan this weeks meals and to make the grocery list, it took me 3 HOURS!!! It normally takes me 1 hour at most. I feel so lost now. I feel like this works for someone who’s eating chicken and vegetables at every dinner. However, I’m not. I’m a recipe cook. I love to cook new recipes and when I’m making something, yeah I can see how many total carbs are in a serving, but that’s not how she wants me to do it.

I have two different worksheets I can use. One breaks in down by meal. For example, each breakfast should have 3 carbs, 1 protein, and 1 fat. Lunch would have 4 carbs, 3 proteins, 1 fat, and 1 veg….and so on. Another worksheet has slots for 14 carb choices, 8 protein choices, 5 vegetable exchanges and I think 3 fats, per day. So when I’m making a recipe that has 8 ingredients and 4 of them have some sort of carb just get confused on how many carb choices the recipe counts as.

Also, I really like my food journal and tracking my numbers that way. I know I can have 225 grams of carbs per day and wonder if she’d just let me do that. It also seems like it would save me so much time.

I have to sit down tomorrow and send her an email with my concerns and questions before I get too much further in the program. I go back for a follow up in 2 weeks.

In the meantime I don’t feel like I’m losing any weight what so ever. I have been eating very well and exercising but I feel like nothing is happening. My scale at home is not reliable at all so I need to look at getting a new one.

This is such a struggle and so far I’ve been doing okay fighting through it. I just wish it was a little bit easier.

Keep on Moving

Well I’m just chugging right along over here. I was faced with a food situation Thursday….I opened my bag when I got to work to put my lunch away and discovered I had grabbed Mikes sandwich instead of mine. His had turkey and mustard…yuck!!! I hate mustard. I was so disappointed in myself and felt a little bit of panic inside. I had been doing so good, bringing all my planned out food to work, now what was I going to do?!?!

I knew that I was making a broccoli and potato frittata for dinner which had very low numbers. So, I ended up going to Qdoba and getting my usual Naked Burrito. I know these situations will happen so I have to know how to deal with it.

I guess the only big problem I’m having is that I am still always hungry. 10 minutes after 2 servings of dinner tonight and I was hungry. I tried to ignore it. I cleaned up the kitchen then took the dogs for a walk. It just got worse. So I went with a bowl of fat free vanilla yogurt with a little bit of granola mixed in. It’ll put me slightly over on my calories for the day but it’s better than some of the other choices I could have made.

I have my appointment with the dietician on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see what she has to say. I’m also kinda hoping she is going to weigh me. My scale at home has me down 10 pounds from where I was on July 14th at the doctors office. I know that can’t be right.

Hopefully I’ll be able to come home with some weight loss….I’d take 3 pounds at this point.

Tex Mex Mac ‘N’ Cheese

This was such a quick and easy meal. It was very flavorful and spicy. I made it with ground beef but you could use ground turkey if you wanted. I added pinto beans to mine for the extra protein and fiber. I don’t eat onion so I left that out.

Ingredients
-12oz Ground Beef
-4oz dried whole wheat elbow macaroni
-1 cup chopped onion
-1 small green bell pepper (about 1 cup)
-1 tablespoon chili powder
-3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/8 teaspoon cayenne
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup salsa
-2 tablespoons no-salt added tomato paste
-3/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
-1/2 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
-2 medium green onions, sliced (optional)

Instructions
1.Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil. Drain well and sit aside.
2.In a large nonstick skillet, stire together the beef, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, garlic, oregano, cayenne, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until the beef is browned and the onion and bell pepper are soft.
3.Stir in the tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
4.Stir in the evaporated milk and cheddar.
5. Stir in pasta. Cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes, or until heated through. Serve topped with the green onions.
-Adapted From Healthy Family Meals

Serves 4. 1 1/4C per serving
Calories 308, Fat 6grams, Sat Fat 2.5grams, Cholesterol 52mg

*You could also top with low fat sour cream, cilantro, salsa, or more cheese.

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I hate the word diet. To me a diet has a beginning and an end. Diets never last, and not many are successful.

This is a total lifestyle change. A year ago in my fridge you’d find a door full of condiments, soda, eggs, butter, milk, and other full of fat not good for you items. I didn’t pay much attention to what I ate, well I did, I knew that not much of it was good but I didn’t really care. I figured I was so far gone there was no point to try and change. “I’ve always been a big girl” I’d think. Big bones and all that nonsense…..

If you open my fridge today you’ll find skim milk, light cheese and butter, and tons of fruit and veggies. You won’t find much red meat but lots of turkey and chicken. Long gone are the processed bags of chicken nuggets, and tubs of ice cream. I have to make conscience decisions every day about my body. I cannot fail this time.

Mentally today was a bad day. I was so angry and stressed at work that all I wanted to do was run to the snack machine and get a candy bar. It’s a good thing my office is on the opposite side of the building from the break room and I never have to go there at all. Anyways, instead I stuck to my plan for the day and only ate the food I brought from home. I was starving by the time I got home. The husband and I went to Qdoba for dinner then Orange Leaf afterwards for some frozen yogurt. For the day I’ve come in under all my numbers (calories, fat, and cholesterol). My blood work from last week should be back this week and hopefully that’ll show a decrease in my cholesterol from January.

Well here’s to a better tomorrow.

So this is where it all begins

Just like millions of other people out there I have struggled with my weight. I have done this diet, and that diet. Always successful with losing weight but also always successful with gaining it back.

In October of 2010 my doctor tested my blood for Hypothroidism and it came back positive. I was started on hormone replacement medicine at once. I was also told that I HAD to lose weight. I instantly put the husband and I on a low fat/low cholesterol diet. When I returned to the dr in January, I was down 20 pounds!! I returned to the dr last week and was only down 2 more pounds….in 6 months!!!!

I have to go see a dietician and am waiting for the referral for that. Starting tomorrow every single thing that I eat or drink is being written down in a mini spiral that I can carry in my purse.

I have to do this, not just for myself but for my husband, and also for our future children.

It’s time to get serious.