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Weight Loss Diet – Week 3

Week 3 ended up being another weight loss diet challenge, what with a birthday lunch between my friend and I.  Our birthdays are almost 2 weeks apart, so we have been celebrating a birthday lunch for around 12 years now.  The restaurant selected made it really tough to make good choices, but it wasn’t as bad as the weight loss diet week 2.

Here are my results for week 3.

All Restaurants Are Not Created Equal

Nor are restaurant menus!  The menu at the place we chose was vague enough so that what we ordered was not necessarily what we got!

For example, we chose an appetizer to split that sounded like potato skins that we could put things on if we wished.  I figured that a “naked” potato skin was ok for me.  Well, what we got was a huge basket of potato chips.  (And if they were baked as stated on the menu, then I am Marilyn Monroe.)

My entree wasn’t too bad, but again, not exactly as expected.  I order a vegetable stir-fry with chicken.  Hah!  There was only about a half cup’s worth of veggies, and lots of chicken.  I would have preferred it the other way around.  (And no, I didn’t eat the rice.)

Just goes to show you that if you’re going to a new restaurant, you might want to ask a little more about the menu choices.

Exercising This Week

I did do some exercising this week, in the form of working in the garden.  Mostly pulling weeds — yuck!  And some of them took a fair amount of muscle!  (What can I say, they grow really fast around here.)

Plus, digging up the soil to un-compact it some, then adding new soil from 40 and 60 pound bags.  And in that process, I pulled a muscle or tendon in my left hand, because it hurts like the dickens — bad enough that I couldn’t type yesterday.  Still hurts today, but at least i can type some.

Measurements For Week 3

So, did I lose inches?  Yep, sure did, this time more off my hips than waist:

Waist: 37.5?

Hips: 48.5?

So, that was 1/2 inch off my waist, and 1.5 inches off my hips.  Not too shabby!  That brings my total so far as 1.5 inches from my waist, and an amazing 3″ off my hips, in just three weeks!

(Yes, I did lose some weight as well.)

Weight Loss Diet, Week 3

Assuming my hand is better by this weekend, I’ll be out in the garden again — have to get the veggies in the ground so they produce before the first frost in January (I live in South Florida).  Nothing like fresh, organically grown veggies on the dinner plate!

Hopefully I’ll be able to report on Sunday this coming week, week 4.  And in case you want to join me, here’s the diet I’m using.

See you next week!

Weight Loss Diet – Week 1

It’s the end of week 1 of my weight loss diet.  How did I do?  You’re about to find out!

I got off to a really, really rocky start when hubby wanted pizza for dinner on day one.  Argh!  But I am allowed one “cheat day” per week, so I figured I’d use it for dinner.  And I was really very good — I only had half the slices I normally would have, so I was (and still am) proud of myself.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t really hungry for most of the week.  I splurged on Friday and got some Greek yogurt for breakfast, added some sliced almonds and yum!  I wish I could eat it every day, but darn, the stuff is a little too expensive.  But I sure do plan on enjoying it weekly.

I did have a little run-in with hunger on Saturday, but an apple and a few almonds handled that nicely.

What About Exercise?

Yep, mobility challenged so I can’t say that I got anything in the way of exercise, but I did try to walk around the yard a bit more (and given that my yard is an acre, it’s something of a stroll).

It’s still really, really hot and humid, though, so it will be a little while before I can try to clear out the garden for the fall and winter — that will take me a couple-three weekends to do that, but it’s indeed exercise.

Broke out the resistance bands late in the week, but didn’t work with them enough to make a difference (as far as exercise goes).  I’ll do more this coming week.

What Are the Results?

I’m guessing you want to know how week 1 ended up for me, as far as my weight loss efforts, right?   Well then, here you go:

Waist: 38″

Hips: 50″

Not all that bad I’d say — 1″ off my waist and 1.5″ off my hips.  (And if you’re interested, 4 lbs gone.)  Granted, at least half was water weight, but better off my body than on it!

No, it’s not anything stunning or jaw-dropping, but considering I didn’t exercise nor was I hungry (expect for a couple of hours one day) and I got to eat pizza for dinner one night…I think I did OK.

The whole point is to change my way of living, not to live the rest of my life eating sprouts and drinking water in periodic dieting frenzies.

Plans for the Coming Week

I was going to “tighten up” my food intake this week, but since it’s my birthday week (which means dinner out, some cake, etc.), I think I’ll try to concentrate more on trying to exercise instead.

You know, one thing about this diet is that I have become more of a label-reader than previously.  I mean, I always knew to avoid HFCS and trans-fats, but now I’m looking at other things, like how much soy is in processed foods — which is, if you’ll read the ebook, really bad for anyone who wants to lose weight around your belly!  Between soybean oil and soy isolates, there’s a whole lot of foods that I plan to avoid.

Oh, and trying to see if I can find some coconut oil this week — great for promoting fat loss.  The problem is that the local grocery stores don’t carry it, so I have to go on a hunt for some health food stores.  If not…there’s always the internet!

Still time to join me, if you like — click for the diet plan I am using.

See you again next week!