Diet Diaries Day 20,21,22 – almost the end and the beginning

So, here I am at the end of my journey.  But actually, it’s just the beginning.  I have lost 7 pounds in total.  Pretty good for three weeks in which a major fattening yontif came.  I have done a lot of thinking about the reasons for my past weight gain  in the past three weeks, mostly thanks to Rachael.  One thing I have learned is a lot of the reason why people gain weight, (me in particular), is because there is some thing inside, maybe even psychologically that the person is not dealing with. Sometimes psychological issues are the reason why a person can’t lose weight.  They may be subconsciously sabotaging their weight loss, and so while a person may lose weight initially, once the diet is over they may regain the weight simply because those underlying issues are still there.  One thing that Rachael has helped me with is gaining insight into the reasons for it.

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Last night I was watching Extreme Makeover- Weight Loss Edition.  It was interesting to see that the person, who was morbidly obese, really couldn’t go very far in his weight loss journey until he had dealt with the psychological issues that were holding him back.  Once he brought it all out, he was able to get past it and within a year had lost over 200 pounds.  Amazing!!  So, OK, I only want to lost 18 more pounds, but the struggles are still the same, just not as large.

So, with a new mindset, I woke up shabbos morning ready to deal with what has always been the hardest day of the week for me.  My adorable grandson woke me up early and after downing a coffee, I had a yogurt while he ate his cocoa pebbles and a chocolate leben.  I wasn’t tempted at all.  Lunch was some grilled chicken, salad, and I was strangely in the mood for some chulent.

In the afternoon, my granddaughter and her friend decided they needed shabbos party, and even though I vowed to be good I did sneak in a few handfuls of pretzels and popcorn.  After, I ate some watermelon and a pear.

For shalosh seudah I had two low fat mozzerella sticks, some grapes, and a diet chocolate pudding with some peanut butter in it.  Amazingly, I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the night.

Sunday morning I had some coffee and eggs.  I went to a boot camp class and was so busy running errands, I almost forgot that I was hungry.  I had an apple just to stave off any hunger.  For lunch I had some tuna and salad.  In the afternoon I had a handful of almonds and a vanilla latte from Crawfords.  They started making these super sized ones, really huge.

Dinner was meat kabobs on quinoa, grilled veggies, and popcorn cauliflower.  Really delicious, really satisfying.  We went to an engagement party after, and I didn’t have any of the tempting chocolate or cake.  I only had some fruit.  I came home and didn’t feel hungry at all.
Monday I had a coffee and yogurt and then ran to boot camp.  It was a really grueling class (aren’t they all).  I was really starving after class and I had some chocolate, a Crawford’s super size latte, and an apple.
Lunch was turkey on quinoa, with ratatouille.  So good, with just the right spice.
I had some pink grapefruit in the afternoon and that helped with the hunger I started to feel as I cooked my families dinner.  I really wasn’t tempted, but old habits die hard and I almost ate some of the wholewheat couscous I was making for them.  But I held back, knowing that I would be eating dinner soon.
Dinner was a repeat of last night, because it was just so good.  After, I was so busy, I didn’t even have time to realize I was hungry until around ten o’clock.  I think because I had been watching extreme makeover, I was so into it, I couldn’t eat.  I had a pear before I went to bed, but also I didn’t want to eat anything else because I was so inspired.
So, while my blogging is almost over, I think that what I realize is all of this writing has seriously helped me see what I do during the day, how I’ve been eating.  I think that I will be continuing writing a journal, just for myself.  I can see where it will be cathartic, will really help me continue in my weight loss journey.  Because this is a journey.  It’s for the rest of my life, to be able to live a healthy, happy slim life.
So, until tomorrow……………………….

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

Diet Diaries- days 15-19-omg!!!

I woke up this morning after the two day yomtov and I realized I hadn’t posted since last Sunday.  All the preparations from the holiday really kept me busy.  So, I’ll start at the end and backtrack to the beginning of the week.  I got on the scale this morning, in total fear.  I know I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t exactly good either.  It was 5 a.m., and I wasn’t exactly wide awake.  OK, I gained one and a half pounds.Not great, but something I can deal with.  As a friend of mine said as I was wining about it, just get back to the grindstone.  So, OK, I was back.

If I see where I went wrong, it was probably not enough planning.  We were invited out for the two lunch meals, and I didn’t want our hosts to go out of their way.  I was going to wing it, figure out what I could and couldn’t eat.  But, everyone loves to prepare those heavy, creamy dairy meals for Shavuous.  It’s hard when there’s not much choices except lasagna, fettuccine, and quiche.

So, to backtrack to Monday, I had woken up early to start preparations for Shavuous.  I had really tried to have in mind that everyone (mostly) is watching themselves, so the menu was mostly healthy fish, salads, non-fat vegetable soups, and grilled veggies.  I went to boot camp, and then had eggs and some major coffee (thank you starbucks)I was so busy running around and starting to cook, it was so nice to not have to think about lunch.  It was waiting for me at Mauzone.  It really is so nice to just pop in and pick it up.  Lunch was grilled chicken on quinoa, with grilled veggies.

I was busy cooking the next couple of hours, and in between I managed to have an apple and some dark chocolate.  I had to babysit my adorable grandson, and that really kept me busy for most of the day.  So, it was nice to know that I didn’t have to worry about dinner, it was all ready for me.  All of you busy moms, having this could really save you!!  Dinner was schwarma, cauliflower popcorn, and baked sweet potatoes.

My evening snack was some pink grapefruit.

Tuesday morning was an early boot camp.  I came home and had a yogurt, and some fruit.  More running around, including a trip to Mauzone to pick up my lunch.  Lunch was grilled salmon,quinoa with greenbeans.

I realize that one thing I did wrong was sample some of what I was cooking.  How many of us do that, and not count that as part of what we are eating.

I was really good at dinner.  I had broccoli soup which is basically pureed broccoli and carrots in an organic vegetable low sodium base.  Really filling and so few calories.  I made this amazing salmon stuffed with avocado, eggplant rotini (the eggplant was baked, not fried) salad, and sugar free cheesecake for dessert.

I woke up early the next morning and went for a walk.  I figured I could counteract whatever I would be eating at lunch.  After a lot of coffee and some yogurt, I figured I would be ready for the challenge of eating out.  I must admit, as I said at the beginning, it was hard.  When you are not in your own home, when there is not control, it does get difficult.  I tried to make good choices both lunch days, but you also don’t want to insult the hosts.  I won’t even go into the rest of what was consumed over yontif, but it is hard when you don’t have the meals all prepared and measured out for you.

So, getting back to what I wrote in the beginning of the blog, this morning I may have been up a pound and a half, but I got right back on my diet.  I went to boot camp, and then I had eggs and a peach.  My husband had a meeting in the house this morning and had bought Dunking Doughnuts munchkins, and croissants ( a big temptation)  No one of course ate anything, and so I smartly sent the leftovers to a neighbor (thank you for taking it).  I did drink the coffee, though.

Lunch was poached salmon and grilled veggies

I had a pear a little while ago.  I am thinking about having some grilled chicken and some salad for dinner.  I really want to get back to where I was before yontif.  I know shabbos will be hard.  I have my daughter and son in law and their three children coming.  I have food in the house that I usually don’t have.  We always have to have shabbos party.  It’s hard to tell a five year old that bubby is on a diet.  So, I will really try not to eat what I shouldn’t and stick to what I should.  Wish me luck!!!

Have a wonderful shabbos!!!!!

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

 

 

 

Diet Diaries- Days 12, 13 ,14 -shabbos has come and gone

Friday started with an early morning boot camp.  First the coffee, because there is just no way I am doing six a.m. boot camp without some major caffeine.  I came home and had some eggs with spinach.  That was followed by more coffee and some cantaloupe.  I was having guests for shabbos lunch and I had to make potato kugel.  I haven’t made potato kugel in awhile, since I’m on quick n lite, and everyone else is watching themselves also.  It’s interesting how since I’m on this diet, everyone else is on a diet.   Anyway, I went for a quick bike ride, since it was another beautiful day.  I keep holding my breath about the weather, because the winter had been so bad, and it has taken so long to finally get such wonderful weather.

Since there really isn’t quick n lite on Friday (although Michal told me I can have a Friday lunch, just not dinner), I made myself tuna with salad and a humus dressing.  It was really filling and I wasn’t hungry at all until late in the afternoon.  I still had a lot of cooking to do ( most really healthy) including grilled chicken, and I was so proud that I wasn’t tempted to even taste anything.  Usually when I do, it’s not just one taste.  It’s like eating potato chips.  Can you really have just one or two?

I ate some dark chocolate, which is supposed to be good for you.  Something about antioxidants.  I can handle that, but really I just love the taste.

Dinner was some grilled chicken, salad, and some rice.  I had to have challah, because that’s what you’re supposed to do.  I only ate a small piece.  I kept saying to myself it’s just not worth the calories.  Dessert was some fruit, and then before I knew it my eyes were closing.  I don’t know what it is about Friday night, but I am always exhausted.  I guess it’s because I’m always running around, and I have no distractions on shabbos.  Which is how I’m always getting into trouble with my eating habits on shabbos.  So, Friday night was a success.

Shabbos morning I had a yogurt and some coffee.  Where would I be without coffee?  A much crankier person.  People think I’m naturally a very happy upbeat person, and while some of that may be true, it’s really the coffee that gives me pep.

I was having company for lunch and I really tried to make the meal as healthy as possible.  I started off with gefilte fish and three semi-healthy salads.  OK, so sort of.  The portobello mushroom salad had a ton of sugar (so yummy) and hearts of palm avacado salad has tons of mayonaisse.  The couscous salad had tons of carbs.  So, what I did was limit what I ate.  I stayed away from the chulent and the kugel.  I had some cold cuts and leftover grilled chicken and I must admit I was doing real good.  But, at dessert  I cheated.  I served fruit with some cinnamon babka, and that babka just kept calling me.  Hard to resist.

I went for a walk after lunch to get away from the food and it really helped.  For dinner, I had some tuna with salad and just a small spoon of the mauzone salad dressing.

Sunday morning (this morning)  I got on the scale before I dared to put anything in my mouth, and even though I didn’t lose any more weight, I didn’t gain.  I’m still down six pounds.  OK, semi success.  In the past, I always gained a pound or two on shabbos (in a good week) and worked hard to get it off, so that I would gain it back the next shabbos.  I hated that see sawing, and I’m finally seeing that it doesn’t have to be that way. Breakfast was eggs and of course coffee.  I know I’m getting redundent.  Boot camp was really hard this morning.  After boot camp, I really felt the need for a Starbucks coffee (skinny vanilla, although 160 calories is not so skinny).  Old habits die hard, but at least it was only one.  I used to order two at a time.  One time the server asked me if both are for me.  Of course I lied and said no, I buy one for someone else.

I grabbed an apple when I came home and ran around doing a bunch of errands.  I ate a huge salad with chickpeas for lunch.  I had a conversation with Rachael about what I plan on doing Shavuous in terms of the meals.  I had actually started to think about this on Thursday when I was reading Mishpacha Magazine. I was looking at all the recipes and I had been reading an article on Osteoporosis, and who is being quoted, but our very own Rachael Shindler.  One of the things that always concerns me is Osteoporosis.  I always worry if I am getting enough calcium.  I know that it’s important to do weight-bearing exercises (which Rachael confirms), but what food have calcium besides milk?  Tofu.  And there is a wonderful product, tofu shiritaki noodles, which happen to be on sale in Gourmet Glatt,  They are very low in calories( 20 a serving!!!)  There are two fabulous recipes in Mishpacha which I plan on trying so I will let you know after yontif how it went.  I just hope they don’t run out of these noodles before I get them.  The questions is, what else am I going to make for Shavuous, that won’t be fattening.  I’m planning on fish, salad, and lots of roasted veggies.  My husband agrees that these are all good choices.  I will not bake cheesecake.  Instead I will buy the small diet ones.  We are invited out for the lunch meals so I hope I will be able to resist temptation.

I went to mauzone for my dinner.  Dinner was unstuffed cabbage on quinoa, baked potato fries, and cauliflower potatoes.

I had a wedding tonight.  Since I had already eaten, I didn’t have anything, I wasn’t even tempted.  I came home and had some grapefruit and I don’t feel hungry at all.  I am going to sleep soon happy that I have had a successful week, ready to start my next week on Quick n Lite.  I can’t wait.

Until Tomorrow……………………

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

Diet Diaries- Day 10 & 11

Day 10 started very early.  Wednesday is carpool and I’m always feeling rushed.  I grabbed a cup of coffee and decided to have a peach flavored yogurt.  Quick and easy.  Kind of like quick n lite.  It was all ready, I didn’t have to think about it, because I didn’t have time to think about it.  I did a boot camp class and rushed home to shower and dress because my son needed to go to the Orthodontist right in the middle of the day.  I just want to know why if my appointment is at 11:15, why it took until 12 for him to be seen.  He was happy about it because he got out of school for at least an hour.

I ran to Mauzone to pick up lunch, which was grilled chicken, quinoa, and green beans with sesame.  A friend had asked me to bring her lunch from Cucumbers, and I was actually a little tempted to get myself a salad.  But, I realized I tend to put in all the things I really shouldn’t be eating, and of course the whole time I’m thinking, it’s a salad, how bad could it be?  So, I realized exactly what I have been doing wrong ( among the many things that I’ve been doing wrong) about my eating habits.  I ate my lunch at my friend’s house and wasn’t the least bit jealous of her salad, because my Quick n lite meal was so good.  I think my friend was probably jealous of me, because sitting in the bag was my Quick n lite dinner.

I met with Rachael at four to discuss some things, like my background, eating habits, etc.  It really is amazing that Rachael sees things in such an amazing way.  She really is a genius.  It’s not just that she tells you what to eat, but she deals with the whole picture.  She gets to the heart of the matter, to the reasons behind why a persons eating habits are the way the are.  She sent me home to do some homework, like writing down what I eat (as if I’m not doing it here) and also a journal of thoughts, feelings, memories, etc.  In a way it’s really cathartic, all of this getting to the deep seeded reasons of why I have gained weight.

I went to get a manicure/pedicure (so important to take care of yourself), and then I had to run to do carpool.  By the time I got home I was starving.  I hadn’t had time to snack at all except for an apple in the car on the way to Rachael’s house I usually eat dinner at around five o’clock and it was already 6:30.  Even though I had already prepared some of the dinner for the family, and I had my daughter helping me out with rest, it was so nice to know that in a minute, my dinner would be ready.  Dinner was stuffed chicken, grilled veggies, and cauliflower popcorn.  It was so good, my daughter stole some of my cauliflower.

After dinner I had some cantelope, and a little cheat of some dark chocolate.  I think every once in a while you need a cheat, just something to help you over the little cravings.  I was really tired and went to sleep early, knowing Thursday is another early boot camp day.

 

Day 11 this morning, I got on the scale and I was down six pounds.  Yay!!  I haven’t seen this weight in a year.  I’m so happy that when I walked into boot camp I told everyone.  I was singing the praises of Quick n Lite.  It really is amazing how I look forward to the meals.  Especially today, which was a very challenging day.  My daughter was graduating from Brooklyn College and my husband and I wanted to watch her walk down. (even though technically she graduated last year).  I really do hate sitting through very long boring graduations, but I was so proud of her and her accomplishments.  After, we went to Basil for lunch, since it’s a place she has always wanted to go.  It really is such a nice restaurant, so different.  It’s in Crown Heights and supposedly attracts not just Jews.  In any event, before I went I texted Rachael to see what I could eat.  She said I should have egg whites and a salad.  Well, they didn’t have egg whites but I had this amazing arugula salad with warm goat cheese and beets.  I resisted so much temptation, the french fries, the pizza, the pasta, that my daughter, husband and son in law were eating.  I was totally happy eating my salad.

My salad (not so clear) on the left.  The heavenly smelling french fries on the right.

I had some fruit for a snack, and then ran to Mauzone for dinner.  Some grilled veggies, grilled chicken, and quinoa.  I don’t know what they put in the quinoa, but it is so good.

Everything is always so fresh and yummy.  After dinner I ran to Gourmet Glatt, trying to figure out my healthy options for shabbos.  Since I’m on my own for shabbos, I decided on chicken, lots of salads, veggies, fruit.  I did get my family the usual fare, but I’m determined that I’m going to lose weight over shabbos.  Wish me luck!!!

Until Tomorrow……………………………..

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

 

 

 

 

Diet Diaries- Day 8 & 9- bbq challenges

Day 8- memorial day.  I’ve been on the diet for a full week.  I feel really great, a little lighter.  I’ve even noticed that I feel more energetic in my workout.  Maybe it’s psychological, but that’s ok.  I’ll take it anyway I can get it.  So, I woke up and I was in the mood for a greek yogurt.  Not just any yogurt, a yogurt with little pieces of mango.  It actually felt slightly decadent.  I had my usual two coffees and then went to boot camp.  What I like about boot camp is every day is a different workout.  Every fitness instructor will tell you to never do the same thing every day.  The key is to not allow the muscles to get used to something, to change things up.

After boot camp, I went bike riding on the boardwalk.  There were so many people out, enjoying the wonderful day.  I snacked on an apple and some almonds.  Before I knew it, it was lunch time.  I ran to Mauzone to pick up my lunch and dinner.  It is so nice to walk in and have everything waiting for me.  I feel so pampered.  Everyone in Mauzone knows who I am.  It is so nice not to have to think about what I’m going to eat, it’s all waiting for me.

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Rachael has everything planned out, making sure I eat the right combinations.  Lunch was stuffed chicken breast on a bed of quinoa, sesame brocolli, and ratatouielle.  I have to say that so far every meal has been so satisfying and delicious.  My husband is even a little jealous.  But, I’m selfish.  I will not share an ounce.

My daughter and son in law were making a barbeque,  so my husband and I decided to give them a break and took our grandson for a walk.  I really see how this diet is affecting the family.  This is the second time in the last few days I’ve gotten my husband out for a walk.  He is really watching what he eats.  I’m so proud of him.  But, I’m still not sharing my meals!!  When we got home I had a peach.  The peaches are in season now, and really good.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m thinking about it more, but I’m really appreciating my food more, tasting every bite, not just eating for the

sake of eating

Because I was going to this barbeque, and knowing I needed to not be hungry when I went, I decided to eat my dinner before I went.  Dinner was so good, I could eat this every night.  Unstuffed cabbage, which is basically cabbage and meat balls, my favorite mashed cauliflower potatoes, (which really taste like mashed potatoes) and baked potatoe fries.  I was so proud of myself, I only ate a little salad at the barbeque.  And for dessert I had watermelon.  I resisted the really yummy chocolate chip cookies which looked heavenly.  I decided it just wasn’t worth it.  I kept thinking, I’m going on the scale in the morning, and there is no way I’m messing it up.

I went to sleep feeling really good about the fact that I’m sticking to this diet.  I know it’s only a week, but you have to start somewhere.  A week can turn into two, and then a month.  I’m looking toward the future, and it’s looking really good.

Day 9, today I woke up and immediately got on the scale.  I was down four pounds total since I started.  Yay!!  Not too bad for nine days.  And the best part is I don’t feel deprived.  I’m not hungry.  Sometimes I have to remind myself to eat a snack, because I know if I don’t, I’ll pay later.

So, I had some much needed coffee, and went to a 6 am boot camp.  I came home and made some eggs and had more coffee.  I was really, really tired, but finally the caffeine kicked in.  I ate an apple when I was driving around doing all my errands, and before I knew it is was 1:30 and I was really hungry.  I ran over to Mauzone, and who should be there but Rachael.  It was so great because she helped me decide what I was going to eat for lunch and dinner.  And, I felt good because she noticed I lost weight.  I always lose weight in my face first ( of course the tush is always last), and so she noticed.

Lunch was turkey on quinoa, and green beans.  By afternmoon I felt hungry again and had some cantelope.  That really filled me up until dinner.

Dinner was schwarma, grilled veggies, and more of those yummy mashed cauliflower potatoes.  I went to an engagement party and only ate some pineapple, even though the chocolate mousse cake looked amazing.  I was so tired and really wanted to go to sleep, but my daughter asked me to come with her to a boot camp class.  I know it was crazy, but how often does the opportunity for bonding happen?  So, I’m feeling great, glad I went.  I’m happy I’ve been able to stick to this, but I’m thinking about next week.  Shavuous, cheese cake, cheese blintzes.  All the things I love to eat.  I must discuss alternatives with Rachael.

Until tomorrow……………………….

 

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

Diet Diaries- Day 6 & 7

Day 6- shabbos morning.  Shabbos is always hard for me.  I end up eating things I don’t touch during the week.  I don’t know what it is, maybe the fact that the distractions are gone.  Also, no gym to go to.  So, I woke up early and had coffee and a greek yogurt.  I had a bar mitzvah and an aufruf,  and I was so proud of myself.  I totally avoided the food, I got busy talking to people.  We were supposed to have company for lunch, but the husband got sick.  So, my daughter and I brought food over to them.  All of the fattening things I had prepared, including dessert.  What a wonderful way to get rid of all the temptations.  I had grilled chicken, cold cuts and lots of salad for lunch.

After lunch, I decided to go walking.  It was such a beautiful day, and I live so close to Atlantic Beach, so why not take advantage?  I went alone since everyone else decided to nap.  I can’t think of a better way to spend shabbos afternoon.  I knew if I stayed at home I would end up eating things I really can’t.
When I came home I ate some fruit and drank a ton of water. A handful of almonds and I was satisfied.  For shalosh seudos I had some tuna with salad and really wasn’t hungry.  One thing I’ve realized is that sometimes I eat because I’m bored or I feel the need to just put something in my mouth.  I’ve really been trying to listen to my body, listen to how I feel.  Motzei shabbos I just ate some grapefruit and went to sleep early.

Day 7- Sunday morning and I haven’t gotten on the scale yet.  I was really good on shabbos,  but I’ve decided to wait until Tuesday so that (I hope) there will be more than one more pound lost.  I’m thinking about the reward that I’m going to give myself (not food).  I started off with two cups of coffee and eggs.  I went to a really tough boot camp. (thank you shihan Warren). I went out for a vanilla latte at Crawford’s (they do make amazing coffee!!)  just to get a little pick me up.  It was sugar free, fat free and really hit the spot.   Since it was so nice out, I went bike riding for an hour after boot camp.

When I finished my bike ride, I ate an apple.  So many other things I was in the mood for, but I tried to make a healthy conscious choice.  Since I was on my own for lunch (I only get quck n lite for dinner on Sunday), I made a large salad with some tuna.  After a lot of errands, it hit me that I was hungry, which was just around the time I had to pick up my dinner from Mauzone.  It’s interesting that my diet is spilling over into what I feed my family.  I made them oven baked breaded chicken cutlets, grilled veggies, and whole wheat toasted pasta.  ,

My dinner was unstuffed cabbage on a bed of quinoa,  cauliflower mashed potatoes, and sweet potato baked fries.  So, so good.

We went to an engagement party, and even though all the desserts looked beyond amazing, I had only fruit.  I felt so good about my choices for the day.  I really feel great, my clothes are fitting a little better.  And, even if no one notices yet, I know I’m on my way to a slimmer summer.

Until tomorrow…………………………….

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

 

 

Diet Diaries- Day Four and Day Five

Day four and I’m feeling really great.  I have a lot of energy and maybe it’s my imagination but my clothes seem to feel better on me.  I decided not to weigh myself today, hoping that if I wait a few days there will be a larger change on the scale.  Something about delayed gratification.

I went to an early boot camp class and was so hungry after.  I came home and ate my usual egg mixture with some mixed fruit.  Of course I had to run to starbucks for a venti skinny vanilla latte.  As I was waiting at the drive-thru, I was thinking about how much money and calories I waste on starbucks every week.  Thinking about what Michal (the original blogger) said about missing her Quick n Lite meals, the cost of these meals is not all that much if you think about how much is being spent on all of the unnecessary extras.  I guess it’s all part of the discipline of planning ahead.  All of this changing the way I eat is spilling over into the rest of my life.  Of course I haven’t given up shopping yet (sorry Richie), and don’t see how that will happen.  But planning ahead, and not doing impulse eating has definitely helped me see that even impulse shopping can be controlled.  Such a profound thought!

It’s been such glorious weather the past few days, and even though today was not so great, I took a walk with a friend.  I spent the hour singing the praises of quick n lite and may have made another fan.

Lunch was a repeat of the past two days.  I’m feeling the need for a change.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll get something different, be a little daring.  I think one of the reasons I keep getting salmon is I don’t like to be fleishig before I have to be.  I don’t know why that is, being that there’s not really a lot of milchig choices.

I had an apple in the afternoon as a snack and then another chocolite.  I had read somewhere that eating apples is really good for a diet.  I don’t know the reason, but every little bit helps.

Dinner was grilled veggies with turkey on a bed of quinoa.  I have to say, every meal is very tasty and satisfying.  I think that is the key to successful dieting, that you have to not feel deprived.  I do not feel deprived at all.  I was really happy to have eaten turkey knowing I had a bar mitzvah tonight that was going to be serving milchig.  The plan was to only eat salad and fruit.  And, I was successful.  I know that when I see cheesecake, I can’t resist.  And, I don’t stop at one slice.  So, as everyone around me was stuffing their faces, I was feeling pretty smug eating only plain salad.  And truthfully, I was really happy.  I felt in control.

Day five was another early boot camp day.  Really great class, which was so nice to begin my Friday craziness.  I wasn’t so hungry when I came home.  But of course as I started to cook and prepare for shabbos, as I was about to taste all the side dishes that really weren’t on my plan ( I did make some really healthy choices for me), I realized I was hungry because I hadn’t eaten breakfast.  Every nutitionist, every diet coach will tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  And in that moment I realized why.  So I quickly whipped up some eggs.
Lunch was talapia on quinoa, mushrooms and onions, and sesame broccoli.  Rachael really doesn’t have shabbos meals yet, and she told me to try to do it on my own.  Actually, i think that’s a great idea.  It will help me figure out what to eat when i don’t have a quick n lite meal to depend on.  I am honestly worried about shabbos, though.  I know Michal had challenges when it came to shabbos, and when I read her blog, I realized she is not alone.  So many people go through this.  It’s hard when there are no distractions.  As much as I look forward to shabbos, I also dread losing my will power.  So, I decided to make a preemptive strike and not have any unhealthy snacks in the house.  It’s easy because my kids are older.No grandchildren this shabbos so no shabbos party.  Hope fully it will all work out. Wish me luck!!  It’s so gorgeous out, I’m going to convince my husband to go out walking now.
Have a wonderful shabbos!!!

 

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

Diet Diaries- Day Three

Day three and I’m down another pound.  Wow!!  After patting myself on the back, I started to realize this is always what happens in the beginning of my diet.  I’m going really strong, willpower is amazing, and the pounds are coming off.  Then, something inevitably happens and I fall off the wagon.  I’m trying to make a conscious effort to really think, really be in the diet, not just do it.  I’m trying to think of all the triggers that make me reach for that cake, those cookies, etc.  I read somewhere that one winner from Biggest Loser  ( I hate to be redundant, but come on, it really is inspirational) has been successful at keeping her weight off because she changed her relationship with food. She became conscious of her choices . She made a lifestyle change and lifestyle implies a choice. A diet has a start and an end, her life is everyday.  So, thinking about that has really helped me focus on the ultimate goal.  Not just to diet, and lose the weight, but to make healthy choices, to make this part of my life.  As Richard Simmons famously said, it’s not a diet, but a live it!!

So, I began my day with coffee.  Two egg whites and one whole egg filled me up.  One thing that I tend to do is repeat what I eat.  I find that if I allow myself more choices, then I start to think of all the things I want to eat, and before I know it, I’ve eaten more than I should have.  So for now, I will stick with what feels comfortable.  I went to bootcamp and felt really energetic.  I needed that energy, it was a really tough class.

Lunch was a repeat of day 2- Salmon on a bed of quinoa, mushrooms and onions, and sesame broccoli.  It was such a gorgeous day, and I decided to take advantage of the fantastic weather.  I went bike riding to the Atlantic Beach boardwalk.  Now that the weather is finally (I hope) nice, I look forward to doing this every day.

At four o’clock, I realized I was hungry, and realized I hadn’t had a morning snack. Another amazingly satisfying chocolite snack and i was satisfied.

Dinner was grilled chicken with vegetables.  I was completely satisfied, until around 7 o’clock, so I grabbed some juicy grapefruit.  Since I had to cook dinner for the family, I didn’t feel as pampered, as spoiled as I did yesterday.  One thing I did do, was I didn’t graze the way I usually do.  Even though I made a totally healthy dinner for the family, I didn’t eat a bite.  It is so nice that they are all being supportive.  Usually, someone is sabotaging my diet.  Now, they are cheering me on.  Thanks guys!!!

Around 8 o’clock my daughter invited me over to sit on her wonderful porch that overlooks the Atlantic Beach Bridge.  Knowing I’m on this diet, she make me the most delicious homemade diet lemonade.  Such a nice treat!!!

One thing Rachael stressed, and I am trying to be aware of, is to drink, drink, drink.  I do tend to forget to do it.  I’ve been carrying around 1.5 liter bottles just so I can drink more.  I have noticed in every article I read about dieting, one 0f the things they always stress is drinking water. Also, to make small steps.  To take things on slowly.  I know exercise is important, and that is really not the problem for me.  I have also been struggling with the age factor.  I know I’m not alone in this.  A lot of my friends who are my age have also told me they struggle.  It’s as if my body knows I’ve reached that magic age, and automatically adds on the pounds.  I try to used the mantra that age is just a number, it’s all about how you feel.  Right now, I’m excited.  Excited about the opportunity.  Excited that once and for all, I can conquer the reasons behind why the scale never seems to get past a certain number.  Here’s to moving forward!!

 

Until tomorrow…………………………

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

Diet Diaries- Day Two

Day two and I’m feeling really good.  I woke up before my alarm, bright and early (4:45) which meant I was well rested.  I didn’t feel bloated like I sometimes do.  Actually, I felt lighter.  I stepped on the scale and was down 2 pounds since I weighed myself on Sunday.  That number gave me the push I needed for a grueling 6 a.m. bootcamp.  Before I left my house, I had 2 cups of coffee.  I don’t know if it’s psychological, but I need that extra caffeine to get me going in the morning.

After bootcamp, I had 3 egg whites (Rachael says I can add in a yolk).  Some juicy pink grapefruit rounded out my breakfast.  Still feeling energetic, I went to an intense Spin class.  I was feeling hungry after, and came home and ate a handful of almonds.  Really did satisfy me.  One of the things I noticed was I was eating them slowly, savoring them.  I find that when I’m hungry I basically inhale my food (especially things I really shouldn’t be eating),  I’ve been trying to slow down, enjoy every bite.

Lunch was Salmon on a bed of quinoa, mushrooms and onions, and sesame broccoli.  Totally filling.  What was so wonderful was i was able to eat leisurely, not having to rush to teach.  I’m on vacation now, the last class having finished on Monday.  This is one of the perks of teaching High School.

Remembering how Rachael said to try and have another snack around 4, I had a choclix snack.    Rachael feels that having chocolate is very important.  i couldn’t agree more!!!  The difference is, now I am in control.  Give me a bag of Hershey’s Kisses and within minutes, I can eat the whole thing all by myself.   Stopping at one, allowing my brain to realize I had eaten, made all the difference.

Dinner was a beef wrap.  Rachael had told me to only eat one half of the wrap, and then eat only the filling of the other.  The wrap was so delicious, actually I am loving all the food.  I had a big salad, with a teaspoon of hummus and lemon juice.  I really wasn’t hungry after.  Although around eight o’clock I did feel a need to eat something.  Not sure if it was real hunger, or just out of habit.  I decided to eat a handful of baby carrots, which really satisfied  me.

I have to admit, it is so wonderful not having to thing about meal planning.  I feel so pampered.  Watching biggest loser last night, I found inspiration.  Here are these people who lost over 120 pounds, ultimately changing their lives.  Even though they didn’t win the grand prize, all of them walked away winners.  They were walking taller, with a spring in their step.  Even though I want to lose 25 pounds, I hope I can continue to be inspired.  I will need inspiration over the next few days.  My husband is coming home, which means I have to cook again.  It will be tough not to at least taste the food.  I will try to continue with my new found willpower.  My new mantra has become “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels”

 

Until tomorrow…………………………

 

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.

 

 

Diet Diaries- Day One

 

This morning I started my diet.  As with every diet I have ever tried, I woke up excited to embark on my new journey.  I think the difference this time is I have to document it.  I am accountable to not just me, but everyone reading this blog.    I am truly excited to be given this opportunity.  The idea of having a personal chef preparing my meals, not having to really think about measuring out the portions takes all the guesswork out of this.   I was going through my library of books and I realized I probably own every diet book written in the last few years.  Just recently I bought the 17 day diet, but after a few days I gave up.  The thing with all of these diets is it’s impossible to follow after a few days.

So Rachael Schindler and I made plans to meet this morning in her office. I woke up very early and had a cup of coffee and three egg whites cooked in a non-stick pan.  I went to the gym for a very intense cardio and weights class. (given by Rachael)  Unfortunately, we were unable to meet this morning.  But after the class Rachel gave me all the rules I have to follow until we meet.  And, she so graciously gave me my 4 o’clock snack, a choclix cookies and cream which tasted amazing.  She told me my meals would be waiting for me, to eat a fruit when I got home, and eat all the vegetables first in my lunch and dinner.  I’m sure there is a reason for that, and I followed it.  Rachael told me to drink lots of water, something I always have a hard time doing.

Lunch was salmon on a bed of quinoa, portobello mushrooms , and vegetables.  So delicious and satisfying.  The thing about these meals is they taste so good.  I actually felt stuffed.  I taught for the next three hours and didn’t feel the least bit hungry.  At four o’clock I knew my yummy snack was waiting for me.

 

Dinner was grilled chicken with grilled vegetables.  Racheal had told me to only eat the quinoa once a day and I reluctantly got rid of it.

 

At eight o’clock I went to a boot camp class.  It was really tough, maybe because I was so tired.  One of the things that Rachael had mentioned is I work out too much.  I know that sounds crazy, but it’s probably working against me.  People have said to me for someone who works out so much you should be so skinny.  But that’s the thing, it’s not about the exercise, it’s about the food too.  Just like when a skinny person comes to the gym, people say, why does she need to exercise.  Honestly, I love exercise.  I love when the endorphins kick in.  But I guess just staying healthy is the most important thing.

All in all, day one was really easy.  But, I didn’t have to worry about cooking for others.  With 2 married kids, one son who eats in yeshiva most nights, a daughter who is easy to please, and a husband who went to the AIPAC convention for three days, it was no challenge.  The real challenge will be when all my children and grandchildren come for shabbos and I will actually have to cook.

 

Until tomorrow………

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About Lisa Altabe:
A graduate from New York’s Stern College for Women and Brooklyn College Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, Lisa is  currently teaching Psychology and AP Psychology in Torah Academy for Girls High school. Lisa has four children, and four grandchildren. Lisa  is an avid exerciser who just can’t seem to take off those frustrating pounds that come with being “middle age”.  She hopes that with the help of Rachel and  Quick N’ Lite maybe she can finally be rid of the extra weight.