Blog number two.... it might explain my current lack of enthusiasm for blog number 1

Monday, January 19, 2009


Well its a new year.... and you know what that means! Everyone is back on their diet. This year I decided I didn't want to make a diet resolution, I wanted to make a healthy resolution. I want to be healthy. I want to be fit. I want to weigh what I weighed when I got married..... 2 and a half years ago. It was NOT that long ago, how have I gained this much weight?!?! Oh... I know how, I was eating bite for bite with my stick figure husband. Damn his metabolism!!!! So while he went to work every day and performed manual labor to sweat off what he ate last night, I set on my butt answering phones and typing binders. When I went out into the PR world last summer I thought, "Here's my chance, I can move around all day, I can resist snacking by not eating in the car, I can get up and walk around the neighborhood in the mornings since I no longer have a 45 minute commute to work." And I did all of those things..... and I gained weight. GAINED WEIGHT!!!!!!! OHHHH MYYYYY GOSHHHHH!!!

I was mad and I gave up, convincing myself that this is who I am and I'm happy. But the truth is this is not me, and I'm not happy. I mean I have never been that girl who could eat whatever she wanted and still be thin, actually I've never been "thin" but I have been healthy and a decent size before. That is all I want.

So it started small, cut out cokes and tea. Only water and lowcal milk. Easy enough. Then step two, portion control, no more second helpings!!! Little harder. Step three, actually start counting calories. Which is where the sneaky part came in. Making a little bit of food into a lot of food by adding fruits and veggies. That was easy.

In between all of this I was reading, reading and reading about what all my body needs and how many calories I need a day to lose a pound a week. I found lots of inspiration on youtube, seeing ACTUAL people with an actual need to lose weight, actually lose it. That helped a lot. Not seeing some skinny ho on the nutrisystem commercials with before pics that may or may not of been her telling me that I'm a fatty.

Now I've lost 6 pounds and I'm really starting to get excited about it. Almost instantly my face cleared up, as I had been a victim of dietary rosacea for a while. I knew exactly what was wrong with my face, but when people would ask why my cheeks were so red I would blame it on me being hot or sunburned. It was embarrassing to say, "I'm all flushed looking cause I eat pure crap".

One of my main reasons for not eating healthy was, "It's hard to be on a diet and feed your husband too, he isn't satisfied with a lean cuisine and a salad for dinner." Which is true, but this time I wasn't going to let that stop me. Now there have been nights when I had a grilled chicken salad and he dined on a chicken quesadilla AND chicken nuggets, but those are few and far between. He has been very supportive and even joked with me that, "Just because you're on a diet doesn't mean I am" as he tried my new slim version of a once calorie laden dinner.

I said all of this to say, I know I am not alone. So I am going to put this culinary brain to work and come up with some man pleasing dinners that are easy on the waistline.

The first being, taco salad. BIG on taste, BIG on portion, small on calories! And the best part, you stay full for hours, and I mean HOURS, like eat for dinner and go to sleep and wake up still full. That's what I'm talking about!!!

Taco Salad
recipe by me

cook a pound of ground turkey and then season it with taco seasoning like normal.

lay out a bed of lettuce

mix 1/2 cup of each of the following: turkey taco meat, fat free refried beans, brown rice - and kinda spread it out over the lettuce.

top with 1/4 cup of kraft fat free cheese

top with 1/4 cup rotel

top with 2 tablespoons light sour cream

sprinkle 1/2 of an avocado, diced over that


Now I forgot to take a picture, but this took up an entire plate and was mounded way up high. So so so good! All for 585 calories!!! It is full of protein, which keeps you fuller longer. Don't be afraid of the ground turkey, once it is seasoned and mixed with all of this, you can't tell a difference.

Now I'm off to step four.... THE GYM!! :D


Nicole said...

Best of luck! I understand your plight. My husband isn't home for dinner much but I cook "kid food" so often and hate to throw things out and I eat their food.... bad habits.

RecipeGirl said...

We're totally and completely on the same page. Have you read my posts?? Best of luck to you...

That Girl said...

Congrats on the 6 lbs! I was at the beach watching the other beachgoers, when I realized, I never had a teenage body. I developed so early it's always been a battle.

deLa said...

nicole - i remeber me and my mom "dieting" together... heck i remember being in second grade and writing out a diet plan with my best friend. weight has always been on my mind, and ive pretty much decided that when i do have kids, hopefully ill be healthy by then and have good eating habits and pass them on to my kids without saying "diet" so they will never know the difference.

recipegirl - i read your blog a lot last summer, and im excited now to see yummy healthy recipes!! greek shrimp scampi looks awesome!!

thatgirl - SAME HERE!! there was a short period when i loved my body and was comfortable in a two piece but it was a short period and i didnt do anything to keep it the way it was. it was kinda like ohhh look what i got and before i knew it it was awww look what i had :(

Jaime said...

I have recently noticed I really need to start taking care of myself again. I can't even blame it on baby weight. A week after I had Logan I weighed the same as I did pre-pregnancy. Of course it was a little re-distributed, but the scale has since gone up...not down. My biggest problem is finding the time to exercise. I'm not good at eating healthy because I don't like much healthy food (i.e. But I'm going to try. I look forward to your new health conscious posts. :)

deLa said...

I have all kinds of healthy recipes to try out, and i will be posting them all! good with the bad!!