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.
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.