At least that’s the promise I’ve made to myself. Once more I am attempting to take control of the foodie beast within and drop some pounds to not only feel better, but hopefully look a little better. I love standing in front of people and doing presentations or teaching lessons. What I don’t love is seeing pictures people have taken of me in the process and seeing just how big this gut really is. So, soon you’ll be seeing less of me.
I had planned to start some type of “let’s lose this weight one more time” plan after the first of the year. In a conversation with my mom, she recommended a book she had seen on The View or something. “A Pound A Day” by Rocco DeSpirito, renowned celebrity chef was the book. So, on a whim I googled the video clip of the segment she had seen and immediately ordered the book.
So, here’s a disclaimer up front. This book is not for everyone. Its not even totally for me. DeSpirito gives 28 days of recipes and meal plans to lose a pound a day in that time. It operates on 850 calories a day for five days a week and 1250 on the weekends. That’s not a lot. And it isn’t sustainable long term. But my plan was to jump start some weight loss prior to FETC at the end of January, so I gave myself 2 1/2 weeks to try it out.
And so far its working.
The meal plans are primarily based on couples or families doing this diet together (or at least fixing these meals to share with others while they add on foods of their choice). As a result, some of the recipes are difficult to translate into single servings. But, what intrigued me about the plan is that each recipe has a ready-made, commercial product suggested as a replacement. So, instead of spending money buying 7 or 8 ingredients I might use once in a week, I have a Lean Cousine meal to take their place. Not great fare, but edible and already portion controlled for binge eaters like me.
Let me give you an example. Take a look at the Rotisserie Chicken and Teriyaki Asian Noodles from the salad section. I’m sure that would taste wonderful, but I don’t need 4 servings. I just need one. So buying all those ingredients is not cost-effective, and having to put it all together is not a use of my time. The ready-made version is so much easier.
A typical 850 Calorie day for me would look like this:
1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with artificial sweetener and cinnamon and a bottle of AdvantEdge protein chocolate drink.
A single serving of Orville Reddenbacher’s Slightly Salted popcorn with kale chips seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning
A salad from the school cafeteria. A very small portion of dressing.
8 ounces of the Green Machine Juice or an apple
A Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers frozen entree with a small side salad of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and shredded cheese
Before Bed Snack:
Ready-made Rice Pudding (No Sugar Added).
And, of course, I’m drinking all the water I can possibly stand.
I know all of the dietary guidelines. I know that you should have 1800 to 2200 calories a day to lose weight in 1 to 2 pounds a week increments. I’ll get there. I know that your body will think it is starving on such a low calorie intake and begin to cannibalize muscle and store fat, so the weight loss is really unhealthy. I know all of this, and yet here I am.
Here are the other things I’m trying to put into place to help out. I have a FitBit tracker that is tracking steps and stairs throughout the day. I know when I haven’t had enough movement to burn calories, and it helps motivate me to move. I also use LoseIt!, and app that helps me track the food I’ve eaten during the day. I like it because I can scan the barcodes on ready-made meals and all the nutrition information is automatically added. I can look up menu items at most national restaurants and add that as well (and see just how high calorie their low calorie items are!).
But I also know that I am a foodaholic. I can’t have just one cheeseburger. Or one supreme pizza. Or just the salad off a food buffet. And that has always been my downfall in times past. The unexpected dinner out with a friend. Winding up too tired to worry about going all the way home to get dinner after work. So I’m mapping out acceptable alternatives ahead of time. The grilled chicken salad will fill me up just as much as the 1/2 pound cheeseburger and fries. The eggwhite, turkey bacon, flatbread sandwich will do me better than the Egg McMuffin.
All of that to say, you’ll be seeing less of me soon. I hope it sticks. I’m getting too old to play at this game.