August 20, 2009
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything since last week. I've had a face stuffed with pizza - visting home (King of Prussia, PA). It's really hard to type with a slice .. er. make that four slices ... in one hand. Gosh, that East Coast thin crust is sooo good. But, of course, I'm paying for it now.
Wednesday I forced myself to go to bootcamp - my first real workout in about 4 days. Of course, we all started to talk about weight.
One person complained that she wasn't near the shape she wanted to be. (I can relate to this, I thought - cool - I can relate!).
Okay - so what shape is that I asked?
Apparently the perfect size she was before her baby.
Oh, okay. I have a baby too! Even cooler. We're in the same boat, I thought.
And how old is yours? (I'm sorry I even asked)
Woah! No need to do the math here. I have a baby too. But SHE'S four going on five! So what does this mean?
It means no more excuses.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not obsessed with my weight. In fact, I think I look pretty good - I've been working pretty hard at it for the last two years especially. But I cannot lose the last 15 pounds. And I'm not just taking scale weight. I mean slim down. I am strong. I can do 60 REAL pushups in a row. (I know - thanks to bootcamp). But I cannot lose my gut!
Some people watch shows like the Biggest Loser and get motivated. I just can't. I contend that if I was one of those Maury Povich guests that he had to interview in my bed because I was 500 pounds I'd have the answer. I would know that I had to stop eating trash, right? Cut out the stack of pancakes/waffles/toast/and muffins for breakfast. Cut out the soda. Oh, and the fast food!
But I'm not. I'm 135 pounds. Okay. I said it. Gulp! And I eat pretty darn well. But, the portion sizes and the ordering in is what I need to watch.
How many of your ladies...and guys agree? That your issue isn't to lose 100 pounds it's to lose that last 10-15 and tighten up the gut...the legs or some other asset?
Here's what one of my buddies thinks (he's a trainer folks - and pretty good):
To shed the last bit of weight is about making sure you're working with a full deck -get a full physical and make sure you're not dealing with cholesteral/diabetes/other issues. Fair. He also recommends getting about a gallon of water a day...and sleeping 8 hours a night. (when do I ever do that except at home with my mom and dad?)
Another trainer says that eating is 80 percent of what is going on here with weight. So, stick with 6 meals a day and cut out the crap. For me that means no more takeout (that's my weakness). And that you know after the pizza binge.
So, I'm doing all of the above for the next seven days and I'll post how I feel. I will let myself have that one meal to relax (pig out). And one drink.
So far, so good. Today was my first day eating small meals consistently throughout the day.
And where does the Indian come in? Folks, I think making food at home - especially Indian my style -- is one of the healthiest way to eat. Especially in a crockpot you don't have to use any oil at all if you don't want to. And, if you limit the amount of carbs you'll really love how healthy you feel.
I usually eat most food with either Basmati rice/Brown rice or whole wheat naan. Of course roti is the best, but I don't always have time to make it. My new favorite naan is at Trader Joe's. It's whole wheat and pretty good in terms of fat per serving. It's also delicious. (I've never had the one made of white flour or the frozen which I hear is good too - but obviously not as healthy).
So...if you're trying to lose those last 5/10/15/20 pounds add your two cents...and start cooking a little healthier at home. Get a slow cooker - try some of these recipes and tell me what you think.
Not that it's actually NON-fat...but my butter chicken recipe will be on here before the end of the weekend. And before you say it - I already agree - Good Fat is Good For You! So get it from avacados...almonds...organic milk...olive oil. Don't look for FAKE food that's non or low fat. Eat the real stuff - just eat a tiny bit less of it - and see what an amazing difference it makes.