Category: Health

Health Update

It has been a few weeks since I began this new health journey. I am not going to lie and say has been the hardest thing I have ever done. But, this definitively has not been the easiest thing and that is for sure.

When I did this in 2007, I updated my blog daily with what I ate and how many calories it was for everything total. I have decided against that approach this time around. This time I thought I would give updates along the way.

I began this journey on March 15 at none-of-your-business pounds (sorry couldn’t resist) and am down by 17 pounds. It has been a ride to say the least. In 2007, I did it all without any exercise. I am going to try it again this time around.

I wanted to share a few low calorie life savers. These are a few things that help save me when I get those cravings. Let’s take a look at a few.

Life Saver #1: English Muffin w/Strawberries and Honey Drizzle

Ingredients:

  • 1 plain English muffin
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon of honey for drizzle

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Before

Directions:
Split English muffin and place in toaster. While muffin is toasting, wash and slice two strawberries (one for each half of the muffin). When muffin pops in the toaster, remove and place one sliced strawberry on each half. Drizzle each half of muffin with a little bit of honey and eat while hot.

This is a approximately 150-160 calories depending on the size of your strawberries and drizzle. Trust me, this is an amazing snack and filling. I like to eat it with a nice, strong cup of coffee. If you want a sweeter bite, you can substitute the honey for some of that cream cheese fruit dip. It is 35 calories for a tablespoon, so it isn’t too terrible on the calories.

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After

Life Saver #2: Popcorn

If you find the right kind of microwave popcorn (I like Act II, 94% Fat Free), you can get a full bag of popcorn for under 200 calories. Pair that yummy, salty, buttery snack with an ice cold diet cream soda and you’ve got a great late night snack.

Life Saver #3: Fresh Fruit or Vegetables

Lots of fruits and vegetables come in servings of less than 100 calories; some are virtually calorie-free.

  • Celery (virtually 0 calories)
  • Carrots (you can do 10 baby carrots for 35 calories)
  • Strawberries (less than 100 calories per cup)
  • Raspberries (less than 100 calories per cup)

So, help me stay motivated and accountable. I need it. The hardest thing is changing the way of thinking. In the next post, I plan on sharing some tips on dining out and a few of my restaurant favorites.

What I Learned from Alton Brown

I have been a fan of Alton Brown for a long time. Something about his wit and dry humor that just makes me laugh. I had noticed a transformation in him from “thicker” to “thinner” over the years and always wondered what it was that helped him lose his weight.

This past weekend I was looking on Twitter and saw a post from Alton.

Needless to say, this peaked my curiosity. Could this be the answer to how Alton lost his weight and was able to keep it off. Upon doing a search on YouTube, I found the answer I was looking for. (Here is a link to the full episode.) The entire concept seems to be based upon the idea of switching from an energy rich diet to a nutrient rich diet.

Alton talks about his four lists. When preparing for his journey he found that four lists helped him quite a bit. He lost 50 pounds doing this, so I think it is worth looking into at the least.

List 1: Foods to Eat Daily

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Green tea
  • Whole grains
  • Fruits

List 2: Foods to Eat Three Times a Week

  • Yogurt
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato
  • Avocado
  • Oily fish
  • Tofu

List 3: Foods to Eat Once a Week

  • Red meat
  • White starch
  • Desserts
  • Alcohol

List 4: Foods to Never Eat / Foods to Avoid at All Times

  • Soda
  • Processed meals
  • Canned soups
  • “Diet” anything

First impressions on the list? Mine were those of, seems doable but there is a little voice in my head that says, “What about this or that?” At a minimum, I do not think it would hurt to incorporate a few of these ideas into my low calorie diet, which I have lost 14.8 pounds in three weeks, so I am super proud of myself.

He then proceeds to discuss how he does this. His breakfast smoothie looks delicious. The acai juice, soy milk (never really had it but worth a try), frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, frozen peaches, and frozen blueberries (all six ingredients at 4 ounces each) look like they would taste amazing together. I love the idea of putting the blender on the scale and zeroing out the scale before each ingredient is added. I was surprised how long it was blended.

The whole segment on brisling about made me want to throw-up, but I am willing to try anything once. My only hope while watching would be that they taste better than sardines. But, alas, upon further viewing… well, I’ll let you decide.

Snack foods are not left out. Gone are the chocolates and in are almonds. Yum! I must admit the recipe he shared looked AMAZING! I must try them. The hardest part is limiting the serving to one ounce eaten once or twice a day. Discipline is so hard, isn’t it?

What did I learn from Alton Brown? That making healthy choices takes discipline and that you can have delicious foods (jury is still out on the brisling thing) and still reach a healthy weight loss goal.

My Health

In Fall 2007 and Spring 2008, I made a decision to lose some weight. I had just returned from a dream vacation (visiting New York City and Washington, DC) and felt miserable. I logged my progress on a blog (http://adamweightloss.blogspot.com/) but soon after the arrival of our first child I fell off the wagon.

Well, it is Spring 2012 and I gained all the weight I loss (72.5 pounds) back. I am feeling just as miserable as I was in 2007. It is time to give it another try. Let’s hope this time will stick.

Keep me accountable folks. I will try and update the progress.

Since beginning on March 8, 2012, I have lost 2 pounds. I’m supposed to lose 2 pounds per week on my program. Let’s see if we can repeat the 72.5 pounds loss and maybe do a little more.

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