Losing Weight is a Mole Hill, NOT a Mountain! Post #1 (My first ever in the whole wide world!)

2-20-11

I’ve written my first post (to myself, it’s not published yet) and it was about starting this blog “in the middle” of my weight loss journey. But I’m saving that post for later. For today I’m going to get really bottom line to get you started right here and right now. You can think about all of the other details later. I’ll walk you through some important stuff in the next post. To inspire you, right now I’m 55 pounds down and about 20-40 more pounds to go (actually at this point it’s more about body fat percentage than weight loss). This morning I weighed 168.6 and when I began I was 225 pounds.

So, here we go! Go to the grocery and buy what I have listed below. Then below that list I have what I recommend to eat each day. This amount of food will last you for 3 days. During those three days you can read more and get a better understanding of how easy this can be if you just take it day by day, step by step and bite by bite and choice by choice. That’s what I’ve done and when people ask me how I have done it I always say: “I ate food!”* Isn’t that funny? “How’d you do it?” “I ate.”* And that’s how you are going to do it too!

Go buy:

3 bananas

almond butter (or use what’s in your pantry, PB is fine also)

3 other fruits – but make it simple, just buy 3 apples

chicken breast (or go to Trader Joe’s and buy their packaged chicken walnut apple sausage) – remember make this easy…because it is easy or buy some other protein you like (no soy, please)

walnuts – or any other nut you like – ANY nut even if it’s macadamia nuts

chopped lettuce or Trader Joe’s pre chopped cabbage/salad mix is awesome – it is in a round plastic container and has all sorts of good cut up veggies in it

balsamic vinegar

olive oil mayo or the low cal mayo

salsa

eggs

asparagus, spinach or another good green vegetable that you will steam

artichoke heart (the kind in a jar) I get mine at Costco

coconut milk (vanilla) or almond milk (I don’t ingest dairy at all) – so you can use regular milk if you prefer – please stay away from soy, more on that later also.

Days 1-3 are basically all the same. What I do is buy food for about three to four days out and I make it easy on myself, I’ll repeat the same thing for a few days and then change it up for the following few days.

Breakfast**: 3 eggs***, I cook mine in boiling water in the skillet with a pinch of salt

add 1 T mayo and about 2 T salsa to the eggs and mix it all up together. I like “gloppy/saucy” food – if that is not your style don’t mix it all up.

add all of your asparagus (sans the woody stems) or spinach or another good green steamed veggie for bulk and vitamins.

about 2-3 hours eat your banana and 2 T nut butter (almond or peanut…). The combination of the first and second meal before noon will really tide you over and keep your blood sugar at a constant. I usually have my eggs at 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. and the banana nut butter combo about three hours later. Or sometimes I’ll switch up the two things and have the banana/nut butter first.

Lunch: Make the BIG SALAD (thanks for that phrase, Bo Railey, owner of Exercise Inc.) and take your food with you (I carry my food with me everywhere…)Use the chopped up lettuce, 7 1/2’s of the walnuts, chicken – 1.5 links of the TJ’s sausage or cut up chicken breast about 3 ounces (think 1.5 amount of a deck of cards), 4-6 artichoke hearts, some salsa, another T of mayo and some balsamic vinegar (I love that stuff). This salad has the right mix of things in it to keep you going for the rest of the day. I’ll actually nibble on this from about 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. But do what you can do and what fits into your schedule.

Fruit between 4:00 and 6:00

Dinner: as strange as this may sound, by the time 7:00 or 8:00 rolls around I’m not all that hungry. I’ll have 8 oz. coconut milk and 1 T almond butter.

I hope this start will help you. I want to make my second post right now and I probably will but YIKES, I have act two to learn for the show I’m doing in less than three weeks!!!

Keep your chin up!

Love, Katz

* I can’t make my first post without bringing up the subject of increasing your metabolism via “slow burn” work outs. In the Indianapolis/Brownsburg area I recommend Exercise Inc. This has actually been the #1 key to my weight loss success…but more on that in the next post. Right now we need to get up your energy level enough to be able to go to your trainer. It was at my trainers request in December of 2006, that one day I just go to the grocery and buy two fruits and two vegetables. He made it that easy for me. Heck, I couldn’t remember the last time that I ate fresh fruit or steamed veggies! I thank Sid Morris, my first trainer, for making the weight loss mountain into a molehill. And now I am grateful to my trainer, Alex Kissinger,  for somehow knowing the right balance in keeping me focused, motivated and inspired.

**I’ll address the coffee/issue later. Remember, baby steps. I have made the choice to keep coffee in my diet. I now only have 8 ounces in the morning with two packets of Ideal. And boy oh boy do I LOVE my cherished 8 ounces! It used to be more but now I feel better.

*** eggs don’t actually cause humans to have elevated cholesterol levels. Google “the cholesterol myth” and read the scientific research and come to your own conclusions.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jacque
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 16:42:52

    Once you decided to and announced, I always believed you would do it.

    Reply

  2. Erica
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 19:11:01

    YAY Katz, good for you girly! Keep up the good work, you are almost there!

    Reply

  3. Pamela Dyar
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 17:54:38

    Thanks, please keep me posted on future blogs!

    Reply

  4. Scott Norris
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 01:57:54

    Nice start, lady!

    Reply

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