I am going to start working out at the gym at the beginning of February. Until then, I go to physical therapy a couple of times a week and they manage to give me a work out that works me, but not too much. It is a nice way to ease into the gym, and I am supervised to make sure that I’m not hurting my back further by doing the exercises wrong. I also get a massage, heat pack and electrodes on my back to help relax my muscles.
I have also been paying more attention to what I eat. I am planning on following Bob Greene’s eating and fitness plan. I’ve done loads of research (Plus, everything I learned when I was really heavy. You would be surprised at how informed fat people are about diet and exercise.) and I have decided that his is a very simple plan that fits my personality and lifestyle.
Until I go gungho in February, I have been easing into it by just making smarter eating choices. I use restraint when possible, eat WAY less refined sugar and white flour. My rule of thumb that has been working really well is to look at the fiber content in what you eat. If it’s above 4, it is awesome, but it has to be above 2 for me to feel ok about eating it. (Keep in mind that I also try not to rail on myself if I eat something naughty. If I start down that road, this whole thing will fail. I want this to be a lifestyle instead of a quick weight loss fix)
So far I have lost six pounds since the beginning of January. Not bad, but I have more to go. I have a weight goal in mind, but the fitness level and how I feel are paramount to me at the moment. I have had a lot of fun figuring out nutritious things to snack on and serve for meals.
I tried a new “Sandwich” for lunch today that was so nummy I thought I would share.
(I had two because I was STARVING. One would be enough for a light lunch or substantial snack)
Take one Wasa multi grain crispbread-(45 calories, 0 fat, 2g fiber)
(You can add fat free mayo, but I like my sandwiches dry for the most part, so I didn’t)
Add a vine ripened tomato (5 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber)
Baby lettuce greens-(0 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber)
To give flavor instead of mayo, I am in LOVE with Wishbone salad spritzers. ONE CALORIE A SPRAY! I used 2 spritzes of the balsamic vinaigrette (2 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber)Turkey breast-(40 calories, .4 g fat, 0 fiber) It is one yummy sandwich. I was worried that the Wassa bread would fall apart, but it is one sturdy cracker. It is also a really yummy bit of CRUNCH! In my meal. I love texture in food, I do.
To round out my meal I had a handful dried Mediterranean apricots: (50 calories, 0 fat, 3g fiber)
To add everything up, just times the sandwich by 2 and my intake for lunch is:
FIBER: 7 g
Not bad, eh?