Tuesday, October 25, 2011

samples of meals ...

I wanted to share a couple of meals that I have eaten while on the MM plan.  Two of these are breakfast and one is the lunch I just got through eating.  I just wish I could express how good they were ... oh my gosh!!  I didnt' even finish my lunch.  I couldn't eat it all!! 

Grilled Gordon's Fish - sauteed 1/2 zucchini & med. squash with 1/2 Roma tomato and just a little shredded Parmesan cheese!!! 

This lunch only took just a few minutes to cook.  I put the fish in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  The last 5 minutes I sauteed the veggies with a little bit of butter.  With all of this food, I ate NO CARBS!!  And I didn't miss it at ALL!! 

1 slice of low carb bread w/ low fat slice of cheese - 1 fried egg - 1/2 roma tomato & 2 slices turkey bacon
This breakfast I cooked for myself over the weekend.  Another really easy meal to fix.  I put a slice of cheese on the bread and put it in the oven on broil.  While that was cooking, I fried my egg.  I put the cheese toast on plate, then egg, then tomato and slices of turkey bacon. Oh yea, I cooked the bacon in oven before I started the other. 

This is the same as above but without the turkey bacon.

I just wanted to include a picture without the turkey bacon.  You could cook it every morning, but I don't.  I kind of treat myself on the weekends.  I love cooking the above for breakfast.  It is sooo very good!!  And it really fills you up. 

Hopefully this will show you how easy this "diet" - plan is to follow.   I will try to take more pictures of my meals and share them with you.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

One week down ...

It is really hard to believe that it has been just little over a week since I started on the Metabolism Miracle plan.  I really thought I wouldn't be able to do it .. to stick with the plan.  Just like all the other times.  I never thought that I would be able to walk away from carbs ...ME?  Seriously??? 

BUT I have and it has really been easy.  I don't have carb cravings anymore.  I use to want sweets ALL the time, especially after eating a meal.  I almost always had to have something sweet.  I seriously don't have them anymore.  Really ....

I have really been tempted this weekend to fall off my  plan, and before I would have and not even think twice about it.  Friday night ... was high school football game. I give the band bus ... I was surrounded by all kind of good food .. well fattening foods.  And my friend brought really sweet hot chocolate!!  I only ate a piece of chicken and drank my  water.  NO hot chocolate for me!!  YEA!! 

Then there was Saturday ... college football day.  My family wanted to order pizza.  Helllllooo people I am trying to eat right.  So, I let them order pizza and never had a bite!!  YEA FOR ME!!! 

Oh I am not done yet .... Sunday I had to work my part-time job in the concession stand.  I love french fries .. big weakness!!  I usually eat one all during the time that I am there .. but NOT Sunday.  I didn't have ONE .. NOT ONE!!!!  and in addition to that .. me and one of the umpires has a cheesecake cook-off.  I had made this challenge weeks ago and I didn't want to go back on it.  I LOVE  Cheesecake!!  I only had a teeny tiny taste .. I mean a pea size.  It tasted soooo sweet .. and I really didn't want anymore. 

So, this weekend alone, I have had 5 temptations.  And I passed the test!!  I know it may not always be so easy, but I think the longer I am on this plan then the easier it will be to just walk away.  I won't have to talk myself into NOT eating something.  I just keep telling myself that it isn't worth adding another day to the program.  It is NOT worth stopping everything that I have worked for and am still working for ... to be healthier and to lose weight. 

This MM program .. I find it really strange and wouldn't believe it myself .. but I am not hungry and I am not craving crabs.  I can tell that I am feeling better, but I know that I further to go.  I AM SO EXCITED TO GET TO THE POINT!!  This is a journey that I am loving each step that I am taking ......

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day Four ....

Well it is officially day four in my new journey, on the Metabolism Miracle (MM) Diet.  I don't like using the word diet, because I am changing my way of life.   It makes things sound bad when you say diet. 

I will admit, I have been perfect until today.  I wasn't really going to start on Sunday, I didn't think I had enough foods at my house to get me started, but I didn't want to wait another day.  I have been waiting on something like this to come along for many years.  So, I started on Sunday ... had a couple of slip ups but nothing really bad.  Then Monday I got a bad stomach virus and was down for two days.   I did stay on the plan except for the chicken noodle soup and the two sprites that I drank.  I also didn't get to exercise either of those days. 

But I am feeling much better today and seem to have a little bit more energy than normal.   I have been following the plan by the book today.  I even went to Wal-mart to pick up some of the items that I need to help me stay on the plan. 

There are still a few things that I need to figure out -- you have to eat 5 grams of carbs every 5 hours.  My schedule is crazy, esp. when I am on the bus, so I have got to figure up my eating schedule.  I think when i get this done, it will be easier. 

My oldest son, is suppose to be making me a work-out schedule.  I have to work out 30 minutes - 5 days a week.  I would love to do cardio plus either weights, Pilate's or yoga the rest of the time.  I got to have a plan so that I will stick with it. 

So ... so far I am loving this MM plan.  I am not hungry and am feeling great today.  I am so excited to see what the future holds.  Thank you Jesus for this plan and for giving me the willpower to see it through. 

Until later ...

Monday, October 17, 2011

On a new journey ....

I am excited and scared all at the same time.  Have I lost my mind this time.  Can this really work and be this simple.  That is what I am going to find out.  Let me explain ...

As  you know I have been wanting - struggling to lose weight since I was in college.  I have tried just about every diet, but just couldn't stay on them.  Some of them are off the deep end - in expectation of staying on it for life.  I watch Big Loser and sit and cry.

I have been praying about this for years, in hope that God would tell me what I was doing wrong and how to fix what I was doing wrong.  I would keep reading and searching for answers.  Well, I think I have finally come across the answer to my question. 

I have known for years that my metabolism is all out of whack.   I am sure partly due to my yo-yo dieting since high school (even though I was not fat back then - I still went on diets) and probably from my not having a thyroid.  The book is called "The Metabolism Miracle" by Diane Kress, RD, CDE.  I started reading it Saturday and couldn't put it down.  The things she describe in the book is sooo me!!!  WOW!!  It is like she knew me and what I was thinking and have been going through for years. 

She explains how everyone's metabolism is different - therefore, everyone can't eat the same or exercise the same.  There is A and B metabolism - and I have B.  The one that doesn't work or is sluggish. 

Here are a list of clues to metabolism B -  if you identify twelve or more than I suggest you go to her website and get more information http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com/ - she has a test that you can take to see what metabolism you are.

* You tire easily & frequently feel fatigued, even upon awakening.
* You feel mildly depressed.
* You feel an energy slump in the late afternoon.
* You frequently feel anxious.
* You crave carbohydrate foods, such as bread, chips, sweets, or pasta.
* Your midsection has a roll of fat.
* You gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose weight.
* You have trouble sleeping.
* You are often forgetful and worry about your short-term memory.
* You have racing thoughts.
* Your sexual drive has declined.
* You find it difficult to focus and concentrate and are easily distracted.
* Bright light or headlights at night bother you.
* You are irritable and have a "short fuse".
* You have increased sensitivity to aches and pains.
* Your eyes frequently tear up and at other times feel dry and irritated.
* You have frequent dull headaches.
* You feel slightly dizzy, flushed, or "weak in the knees" after even a little bit of alcohol.

I actually checked off ALL of them.  Now you may be thinking that these could be signs of other things such as: menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, midlife, and even a high-stress job. But at the end of eight weeks on Step One many symptoms from the checklist will disappear along with weight because the symptoms stem for untreated Metabolism B.

I started Step One yesterday - I have cut out almost ALL of my carbs including sugar.  The first couple of days is suppose to be the hardest - but I am determined to make it through.  Of course I really prayed over this and that God will give me the desire and willpower to make it through the first eight weeks and especially the first three days.

I will keep you all posted as I journal about my journey down this road to not only losing weight but to finally FEEL BETTER!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

setting schedule

Well, I have been working on a daily schedule for myself.  I have so many different part-time jobs, then cleaning house, family stuff and well you know the list goes on and on.  So, I have been thinking and working on how to break things down so that I am not overwhelmed all the time. 

I first took a list of my jobs and wrote them down.  Then a list of other things that I wanted or needed to get done.  I looked for calendars to see if that would work .. nothing jumped out at me as being what I needed. 

It finally hit me ... I just simply used the way that I break down my house cleaning.  Hey, it worked for it, why can't it work for other things?  So, that is what I did .. and so far is it working quite well.  Now, remember, these are just suggestions and there are times that I have to adjust my schedule and/or change things around.  But it gives me something to work with ...

Here is what I came up with ....

Publix - grocery shopping
Strip beds
Clean windows/ mirrors
take newspapers to recycle bin
water plants
vacuum all rooms

Bank -Post Office - (If I have deposits)
Bi-Lo (if sales)
empty all trash
clean out fridge/freezer
clean baths & wash rugs
sweep & mop baths

Ingles/ CVS
check sales papers
menu for next week
sweep front porch

Boynton Work - bills/payroll
Concession stand paperwork

Bank - post office
Kim's office for 2nd signature
Office room -
    - file papers
    - balance checkbook
    - clean off desk

sweep & mop hardwoods
mop kitchen
Football games


One thing I have noticed more than anything is I have to put God first each and everyday.  I have to make time for God or my days and weeks just won't work out.  So somewhere in your day .. make time for GOD!!!