Saturday, April 21, 2012
A Little Around the Middle
I have always been on the scrawny side but a few weeks ago I noticed that I was starting to develop a little belly. Why is that when we gain weight that is where it goes? Not to our face, not to our little tush, not to our legs but straight to the stomach? Someone needs to tell me the answer and fast!
I realized after thinking about my diet for a while (actually probably longer than a while) that we were (actually I was) having ice cream every single day, sometimes twice in one day. We are not just talking one little scoop either. I had been taken in by the Harris Teeter Premium Ice Cream Devil, it was the buy two get three free that did me in.....so here we are 3 weeks later in a "No Ice Cream Zone".
Let me tell you it has not been easy shopping, when I went to the store earlier today I knew they had the buy one get one free deal. I felt the call of the cream "Buy Me Eat Me". Michael was not with me to help me be strong but...somehow I survived and came home ice cream less.
We are going to Michael's family reunion next month and we both want to look good. My goal is much more attainable than his is but we are going to make it. One of the things we are doing is trying (very hard) to avoid starches. I thought this would be harder than it really is, it is amazing that if you don't have pasta, potatoes or rice with dinner and just have more healthy vegetables you get up from the table still full but not feeling weighted down. Our dinner for example last night was Grilled Salmon and Baked Stuffed Zucchini, there were bread crumbs in the vegetable but there were more veggies than bread. Tonight is something with Shrimp.
I had a young lady write to me a while back about a weight loss site she was going to start. She emailed me back yesterday that the site is up and running. It really is worth a look, they cover diet, exercise and there is a fantastic support group to keep you going. The site is http://slimkicker.com/ and it is definitely worth a look.
Tomorrow night we are going to a Slow Food event, this one is a pot luck at Crosby's Dock (the place the Mussels came from the other day) and best of all its from 5 - 8 so we get to see the sunset over the marsh. If you don't know about Slow Food, here's the link http://slowfoodcharleston.org. They do a ton of great work with kids and nutrition.
Yesterday we made our pilgrimage to the Vegetable Bin in downtown Charleston. I know I have talked about shopping there before, we get healthy, inexpensive, good tasting veggies for a portion of what we would pay at the grocery store. Many of the items are local and some are organic. This is what we brought home yesterday for about $25.00, sorry I don't have the weights of the items, I was cleaning out my purse and threw out the receipt!
Head of green leaf lettuce
About 1 lb of snap beans
A bunch of celery
2 large zucchini (for stuffing)
3 medium sized yellow summer squash
1 head of Cauliflower
A bunch of green onions
1 bag o onions
Around 1 pound of brussel sprouts
3 fantastic vine ripened delicious tomatoes
3 juicy South Carolina peaches
When you add this to what we already have in the house and the $60 spent at Harris Teeter this morning (mostly fish) we are more than good to go for the next 2 weeks.