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Fast Food and Maintaing Weight – What Works for Me

Heyyyy, how you doin?

I’m sure you’re fine, but if you’re like me you don’t have a lot of time for cooking. Or maybe like me you just don’t care to do it that much anymore. But that gives you a quandary of how do I stay healthy, maintain or lose weight while not eating junk. And if you are like me it will take a GALLON of salad to feel full.

A lot of people on twitter have asked me about some of the things I eat so I wanted to share. But with the disclaimer that I’m not perfect, I’m not a nutritionist or a trainer. These are just some things that I like to eat that are fast, relatively healthy and would fit into most people’s diet.

Ok, so generally I try to stay vegetarian but preferably vegan on a day-to-day basis. This is about my health and being advised to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet by my doctor. I do notice when I maintain the diet my chronic pain does subside. But I live in the South and sometimes a girl just needs some queso or some mac n’ cheese.

My number one fast food that fits in this diet is black beans. LOVE THEM SO MUCH. You can add chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, hot sauce or whatever you want. Generally, I prefer to just add hot sauce and then microwave. (And don’t start on the horrors of microwaves. We are all doing the best we can and this isn’t McD’s so move on.) I prefer to use Bush’s reduced sodium.

Cheap, Lo-Cal, and FAST!

Plus, the fiber. Oh, the fiber.

Soup. Love soup.

This one is organic, dairy & gluten free. Plus, the whole box has 240 calories. It’s flavorful and filling so its perfect.

Yummy in my tummy

I’ve found that I really like Larabar’s for breakfast.

I like these two at breakfast. Honestly, I add a lot of issues changing from Atkins bars or other brands that reminded me more of a candy bar. But I got used to these quickly and they are better for you. I just tell myself I’m making good decisions for my health and maybe my insurance company will notice I take care of myself now.

Sometimes I still eat some fish. I like frozen salmon or tuna burgers from Whole Foods. They are actually relatively inexpensive. The burgers cook quickly in the oven and I usually just put some salt and pepper on them then eat with a salad or raw vegetables depending on what I feel like. These are from Kroger. These burgers aren’t ideal because there are some additives that I don’t want but sometimes it just can’t be helped. Win some, lose some.

Those are a few easy food items that are quick, cheap and relatively healthy that I like to have around to help maintain my weight and try to stay on the healthy train. Kind of basic but it works and keeps me out of McDonald’s.

Organic nachos and other realizations

It’s been a week from hell. Actually a week and two days. I had to write three papers as part of my finals in grad school, I have an exam tomorrow I’ve barely studied for and the world’s longest, break-up is finally over. I had a little bit of a light bulb moment yesterday which was totally annoying but glad I figured it out. I will spare you the details but due to all of that and a few other miscellaneous family issues I’ve been just a bit upset. To be perfectly honest, I can’t stop crying. Mercury retrograde is kicking my a$$.

Anywhoo, today was another rough day. After my bi-weekly chiropractor appointment I decided I wanted to go to Whole Foods and get something to eat. Maybe a slice of pizza or a gelato. I wanted something, anything to make me feel better. (Today was the day I officially lost 20lbs but lets ignore that little tidbit. I only ate shrimp cocktail at Thanksgiving, sometimes you just need some carbs.) I decided to look around since I usually just pick up the few things I like to eat anymore and are healthy at Publix. I wanted to browse the selection especially since Whole Foods steps it up a notch during the holidays.

I started looking at the fruit and spied the guacamole. I love Whole Foods guacamole. And there was their fresh salsa right beside it. I decided that my cheat meal was going to be homemade nachos. I hadn’t had them in forever and used to love eating them when I went out a lot. Years ago I probably ate them once a week at Taco Mac with my ex-husband on free pint night. (That’s when I started gaining the weight.) Tonight there was no beer because I have to study and I rarely drink anymore. Ok, so in my basket went the small containers of guacamole and salsa. All fresh and I guess relatively homemade.

I walked down the aisles looking around but didn’t get anything. Off to the dairy case. Low-fat, organic sour cream it is. The bag of the “natural” corn tortilla chips. Making my way around the store I stopped and tried some kind of red onion cheddar Whole Foods wanted me to buy. No thank you. Just a block of Whole Foods brand cheddar cheese, still organic. Over to the salad bar I went to get a spoonful of jalapenos that I had to put in a giant (yet recycled) salad bar container. There was space left. Obviously, I just needed to taste the fried tofu and the macaroni and cheese. Both of which I’ve had many times before. And just for good measure I picked up two Arden’s Garden Supergreen juices for tomorrow. That’s my “food hangover” remedy.

I go to pay and the cashier tells me its $31.27. Now this is not unexpected. I am in Whole Foods. But to remind myself of happier times was it worth it. To pay $31.27 for organic nachos and a memory that really wasn’t that happy. I already lost all that weight and him and that life. It’s done. It’s in the past. Why do I keep trying to go back to something I don’t even want?

I’ve moved forward. Nothing about me is the same. Not even the way I talk. I barely even curse anymore and I used to have the mouth of the dirtiest sailor who just kissed a whore. Yeah, that bad. But what is it about me that can’t seem to get out of limbo? Why I am I on the slow and winding road instead of the definitive path? Why is this another year from hell no matter how much I pray or ask for guidance?

And before you get all judge-y, if you knew me in real life you would know how generally I put on the happy face. It takes a lot of effort to do that everyday though. Laughing on the outside, crying on the inside, yada yada yada. And this all pretty basic stuff but when you are going through change after change after change it takes its toll. I just need to freeze my face with botox so the stress doesn’t start to show.

Those nachos didn’t bring back a lost love or a happy memory. They just reminded me of who I no longer am and how I wished I had just drunk the green juice. They reminded me AGAIN that you can never go back. And it is a good thing and I need to make right choices for the future. Just buy the overpriced juice from now on since, you know, skinny tastes better. ;)

WEIGHT

I obsess about food, eating and how I look. I’ve been a lot heavier than I currently am. That was also quite a few years a go. I want to be thinner than I am. I want to be “smoother” not have some annoying pudge. Now before you start riffing and saying that I thin, healthy, normal, or maybe for some pudgy, hear me out. I am fully aware that I am in the healthy bracket of Weight Watchers. Completely understand that I am tall and am going to weight more than other people.

But I am not happy. My weight and fitness level seems to be something that I just cannot conquer. As I type this I am getting stressed out to the point of tears. I started Weight Watchers a couple of weeks a go and promptly lost the weight I had gained that week from eating out several nights in a row. Turns out my metabolism just does not effing work. I have had TWO cheat meals and promptly gained 5 lbs back. True, this included booze. But COME ON!!!! FIVE POUNDS!!!!! I can not seem to get below a certain rung on the weight ladder and it is driving me crazy.

So I am going to tell you my height, weight and where I want to be. What I think, hopefully, would make me happy.

And most of you have seen me on twitter doing OOTD’s. I wear a size 6 in DVF wrap dresses.

Height: 5’9
Weight: 160 lbs

I am mortified I weigh that amount. It doesn’t matter that is NORMAL. I don’t want to be normal. I want to be THIN.

And YES, I read to many magazines. And YES, I wish I looked like a brunette Gwyneth Paltrow. And YES, I realize that there are greater problems in the world. I DON’T CARE!!! I WANT TO WEIGH 140-145 and be physically fit. Not nasty skinny fat.

I have joined exhale spa here in Atlanta and those classes are helping me tone up. Would prefer to still be in Bikram but the school’s class schedule does not work with my ridiculous work schedule.

And trust me, I am not sitting around eating cookies in my car. I am eating fresh, healthy food. Not boxed mac n’ cheese.

Another frustrating thing is I feel bloated but have had no appetite for the last week and a half. Weird.

There, I have essentially bared my soul.

Health – Cleanses

I said had said awhile back that I was thinking of the doing the Arden’s Garden cleanse. Well, I didn’t. Over the holidays things did not go so well for me. I fell of the wagon with my diet. I ate sugar and bread like it was going out of style. Plus, dairy. By the end of the holidays I had gained weight and was having some major internal issues again. Not having a gallbladder was really, really, really unfun.

I decided last week to do the Blueprint Cleanse to see if it would help get my back on track. I figured I could then continue eating healthy afterwards.

Last Saturday, I woke up very sick from the internal issues. (I am just going to call everything internal issues. No one needs to hear the real descriptions.) Spent most of the day in bed or on the couch before I finally got up around 7 pm. After that experience I was very hopeful for this cleanse to start.

Tuesday was the first day of the cleanse. It was hellish. I was not hungry, but I just wanted to eat. Wednesday and Thursday were fine hunger-wise.

I spent the whole cleanse with massive sinus pressure and a headache. I am unsure why since I no longer drink caffeine. My mother, a long time proponent of cleanses, said I was “cleansing”. Who knows.

I did have some internal issues, but those passed.

I was never tired but fell asleep every night around 9 pm and did not get up till 7 am. That’s a lot of sleep for a former insomniac.

I did lose 4 pounds. That’s a plus.

Today is my first day off the cleanse. I started today with an Atkins protein drink and am going to have my trusty Greek salad for lunch.

Hopefully, I am now back on track and will be able to move forward with getting down to my goal weight. I think I will probably stick to Arden’s Garden in the future since it is local and considerably cheaper than Blueprint Cleanse.

Check out JustKerry. She did the same cleanse over the same time frame. We talked on Twitter while it was happening. Which was fun.