For new readers, here’s a brief refresher: I’m putting my mom on a diet, here is the plan I designed for her, and here are her weekly updates: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7. Welcome!
Today marks two full months of dieting for Mom, and she is doing so well (see below for more progress photos!). I’m incredibly proud. Beyond inspired. This week, I’ll share the recipe for the broccoli cheddar frittata, answer any other questions that have come in, and share a post about how I feel the journey has gone so far. But first, here’s a peek at Mom’s food diary from the past seven days:
Lunch: 1 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Lavash Bread (100) + 4 ounces Dietz & Watson homestyle turkey breast (120) + 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Cheese Wedge (35) + 2 teaspoons honey mustard (40) + lettuce and tomato (15) = 310
+ 1 cup cherries (75) = 385
Snack: 2 cups red grapes (120)
Dinner: Taco Salad
3 cups shredded romaine lettuce (10) + ½ cup chopped tomatoes (20) + 4 ounces 93% lean taco-seasoned ground beef (170 for beef alone + 20 for seasoning = 190) + 1 ounce pepper Jack cheese, shredded (100) + ¼ of a medium avocado, sliced (~60) + 2 tablespoons salsa (10) + 1 tablespoon full-fat sour cream (30) = 420
Dessert: Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich (150)
Lunch: 1 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Lavash Bread (100) + 4 ounces Dietz & Watson Angus roast beef (120) + 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Cheese Wedge (35) + 2 teaspoons yellow mustard (20) + lettuce and tomato (15) = 290
+ 1 cup cherries (75) = 365
Snack: 1/2 ounce mixed nuts (about 12 nuts=90 calories) + 1 100-calorie box raisins (100) = 190
Dinner: 4 ounces sirloin steak tips (240 for the steak alone + 30 for the Stonewall Kitchen marinade = 270) + 1 smallish sweet potato (6 ounces cooked =150) + 1 ½ cups mixed salad (20) with 1 tablespoons Ken’s Steak House Light Caesar Dressing (40) = 480
Dessert: Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich (150)
Breakfast: Breakfast: 2 cups Cascadian Farm Honey Nut O’s (200) + 1 cup 1% milk (110) = 310
Lunch: Turkey, Bacon, Avocado Salad
vegetable base (3 large handfuls mixed greens, ½ cup chopped bell pepper, ½ cup chopped cucumber, ½ cup shredded carrot, 6-8 cherry tomatoes=50 calories) + 3 ounces sliced turkey breast (90) + 2 slices bacon, crumbled (70) + 1/4th of an avocado (60) + 2 tablespoons Ken’s Steak House Lite Honey Mustard dressing (80) = 350
Snack: 1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple (120) = 120
Dinner: Sauteed steak, cheese, and caramelized onions: 4 ounces leftover sirloin steak, thinly sliced (240) + 1/2 cup caramelized onions (60) + 1 ounce provolone cheese (100) = 400
+ 1 cup green peas (120) = 520
Dessert: Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich (150)
Breakfast: Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin (160) + 1 1/2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (150) + 1/2 banana (50) = 360
Lunch: Egg salad
vegetable base (3 large handfuls mixed greens, ½ cup chopped bell pepper, ½ cup chopped cucumber, ½ cup shredded carrot, 6-8 cherry tomatoes=50 calories) + 2 hard-boiled eggs (140) + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (~60) + 2 tablespoons chopped pecans (100) + 2 tablespoons Ken’s Steak House Lite Honey Mustard dressing (80) = 430
Snack: 1 ounce pecans (200)
Dinner: 4 ounces marinated and grilled chicken breast (120 for chicken alone + 30 for marinade = 150) + 1 medium baked potato (6 or 7 ounces = ~150) + 2 teaspoons butter (60) + 1 1/2 cups grilled veggies (lightly brushed with oil, 100) = 460
Breakfast: Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin (160) + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (200) = 360
Out to dinner: Grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side (~500)
Dessert: Cupcake Charlie’s Oreo Cupcake (~500)
*Andie note: The cupcake was part of a birthday celebration. I recommend these cupcakes to everyone who lives nearby one of their locations, because they’re outstanding–the cake is moist and the frosting is light, fluffy, and piled high. The Oreo one is hard to beat.
Lunch at a funeral reception: Half of a ham and cheese wrap (~300) + 1/2 cup macaroni salad (~200) = 500
Dinner at a party: Chicken salad sandwich on a bulkie roll (~500) + 1 vanilla cupcake (400)
*Andie note: This cupcake was smaller than the one from Cupcake Charlie’s on Friday night, which explains the difference in calories.
Breakfast: 2 cups Cascadian Farm Honey Nut O’s (200) + 1 cup 1% milk (110) = 310
Lunch: Lunch: 1 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, and Whole Wheat Lavash Bread (100) + 4 ounces Dietz & Watson homestyle turkey breast (120) + 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Cheese Wedge (35) + 2 teaspoons mustard (10) + lettuce and tomato (15) = 280
Dinner: Pasta and Meatballs: 1 ½ cups penne tossed in olive oil (family tradition to toss the hot pasta in oil after draining so that it never sticks together or hardens as it cools. This serving of penne alone would be 300 calories + 2 teaspoons oil (60) = 360) + 2 meatballs and ½ cup marinara sauce (Recipe for PJ’s Meatballs and Sauce = 320) = 680
Dessert: 1 slice birthday cake (350)
*Andie note: It was for my brother’s birthday, and surprise! the cake was from White’s. We are so predictable and obsessed. This is a recycled photo, but it’s the exact size of the slice that Mom had.
Week 8 Weigh-In:
Starting Weight: 210
Week 1 Weight: 201.4 (down 8.6)
Week 2 Weight: 199.4 (down 2.0)
Week 3 Weight: 199 (down 0.4)
Week 4 Weight: 196 (down 3)
Week 5 Weight: 194.4 (down 1.6)
Week 6 Weight: 193 (down 1.4)
Week 7 Weight: 192 (down 1)
Week 8 Weight: 188.8 (down 3.2)
Total Pounds Lost: 21.2
Mom’s thoughts on progress: ”Hello everyone,
Hope you all are well and enjoying your summer! As always thank you for your undying support! I just wanted to let people know–those who may not understand what Andie meant when she told you that I was a sweets lover and that I ate a high calorie diet before–below is just an example of a day in my life before Andie’s diet intervention began.
Breakfast: 3 honey dip donuts from a local donut shop (so we are talking dripping with honey–not scantily covered like Dunkin Donuts)
1 20 ounce regular Coke
Snack: (around 10:00 am) 10-15 nonpareils or any kind of candy that I purchased at my work’s gift shop (minimum of 10 pieces)
Lunch: (around 12:30) Chicken and feta wrap with a bag of chips or maybe instead of the chips a full order of sweet potato fries (the guy in the kitchen is my friend and he loads me up). 1 20 ounce regular Coke on the side.
Snack: (around 3:00 pm) Either a chocolate whoopie pie (700 calories, and believe me, it’s huge) or maybe a huge white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. 1 20 ounce Coke.
Dinner: Chinese buffet (all you can eat, and I can eat) usually consisting of 4 chicken fingers, 5 crab rangoons, 1 egg roll, fried rice, string beans in garlic sauce, twice-cooked pork, and several other side dishes. 1 20 ounce Coke.
Dessert: A stop at Roche Brothers supermarket and I would get myself not one but two half moons.
Sadly, I am not even exaggerating. If anything, I may have omitted something else that I ate then and have now forgotten about it. I often complained about not being able to sleep (maybe one too many sodas). I had fun though and enjoyed every bit of it and often found myself feeling nauseated in bed. But I would get up the next day and have at it again (I would change the menu up a bit). It is amazing how many good things you can come up with when you eat like I did. When I worked even more hours than I do now (many 16 hour days), I could justify my eating by saying, ” I eat for energy!” Problem was, I still never had any and saw my physician a lot and asked if I needed my thyroid medication upped. Have I mentioned that I have hypothyroidism?
Honestly I don’t miss that nauseous, car-sick feeling that I was constantly having, and I don’t miss the highs and lows. I like not disgusting myself as much as I did before, eating whole bags of circus peanuts till the bag was empty while shopping at Home Goods.
I was telling Andrea the other night that the first week on the diet I had to just go to bed after dinner because i didn’t have the energy to do anything else. Now I do, I can do marathon TJ Maxx shopping and still keep going! I am enjoying the small sacrifices I make because I am eating better stuff instead. I am fuller and not as bloated. I’m satisfied. I am not meaning to preach, believe me, because there are times I want to binge again and sometimes I am somewhere that eating junk foods would be easier than telling people I am not hungry because there is nothing healthier to eat. Dieting takes thought, control, and willpower, and before, I didn’t think I possessed any of these qualities. Andrea and I are very different about willpower: she can go without when I would feel deprived. She can watch what she eats without minding, and I can think of ways to make candy work in a diet. It will always be a struggle for me, but I will keep trying!
Andrea is posting pictures of me wearing the same outfit, I apologize for not looking too good as I am not at all photogenic. Despite the full facial waxing and less hair on my head I still appear quite large. I am now weighing in at 188.8 and you may not see any difference until I get into the 160′s. But I can assure you that pictures do not show you that my clothes are feeling looser and my 3 stomach rings are indeed going down
(not away, but down). Thanks again for all of your loving support!
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