I reset the scale before I hopped on it, so I trust the number. It’s nice to see 182 again, even if it might be just a fleeting glance at this point in time.
I spoke with Bobby last night. He seemed relatively pleased with the weight loss over the last two weeks plus, and he seemed like he was happy with the fact that I hadn’t had any soda (or any semblance of aspartame) in the last two weeks either. He’s going to do some review on LifeWater (by SoBe) since he didn’t know much about it. He had suggested VitaminWater to me two weeks ago, but I didn’t enjoy the flavors. He also seemed content with the fact that I was drinking beverages containing Stevia … it’s a natural sweetener that is seemingly safer than any of the artifical ones out there. I still can’t drink calories, and I doubt I ever will be able to. Why drink 100 calories when I can eat them?
Bobby ended the conversation with a few suggestions for me …
- Get my body fat percentage officially tested. I think this is a great idea, and I’ve been meaning to do it for ages. Since I run and do HHA, there’s a possibility that my body fat percentage is decreasing at a slightly more rapid rate than my weight is, and that would be encouraging progress. If anyone has suggestions on where to go, I’d appreciate it!
- Stop eating as much pasta. We minimally eat pasta about every other night and we eat rice probably one additional night in there. He wants me to cut the pasta down to two nights a week, and the other nights, replace it with more veggies and protein. This one is going to be hard. I don’t enjoy meat all that much, and I get sick to my stomach if I eat more than maybe 3oz of the stuff. I don’t like beans (texture thing). I might try adding some tofu in there, but even then, all of the veggie-heavy recipes I own and like are ones that mix them with pasta. This is going to be a real challenge, and I make no guarantees that it’s going to happen. I’m just going to try my best and see how it works. He did suggest maybe adding in quinoa, which I CAN do … I’ve read about Joy using it, and I’ve been eyeballing it in the store for some time. At the very least, I’m going to give it a try.
- Bring my own dinner to mom’s house. Often times, I know I’ll blog that we ate dinner at mom’s and I ended up gaining a little. Two weekends ago was an exception, it was my birthday and I was eating whatever the hell I wanted to. Normally though, mom does cook a little fattier than I do, so Bobby wants me to bring my own dinner. This’ll be damn near impossible. First of all, I have a lot of trouble hurting my mom’s feelings like that, and second of all, I’ll want what mom’s cooking. Bringing my own dinner to me is no way to begin a healthy lifestyle. I find it rude and would never do it in the real world. Alternately, I may offer more often to make dinner with mom, so that I know exactly what’s going into the food. It’s a bit of a compromise, but it’s one that’s going to have to do. I slept on the option, and I’m just not going to do it … I would be SO offended if someone brought their own healthy meal to my place after I was making dinner for their family. I can’t be a hypocrite and do it to someone else. The other option I was considering was moving Friday’s pizza night to Sundays and just suggesting to my parents that we do a family pizza night. Good friends of mine do that with their family, and it’s a great way for the family to make sure they’re always together one night a week. We’ll see what happens.
In all, Bobby’s suggestions are definitely getting more challenging, and I do think that’s the point … start out easy, and slowly add in the harder things that’ll force changes in as we go. The pasta one is going to be the major challenge this week … I have to do some research and find recipes that I’ll eat that don’t contain pasta or that DO contain quinoa. I’ll do that work this week and start with the less-pasta approach next week.