As I mentioned in my last post, my goal is to consume between 1500-1800 calories per day. Over the last seven days, I have tracked my food consumption with myfitnesspal.com and have succeeded at staying within my calorie budget for five of the seven days. That’s okay, but I can do better. I will do better. I will aim to stay within my budget every day, but if once in a while I go over, I won’t cry about it. Or, I hope I don't cry about it. I will move on. Since I am trying to lose weight, staying within my budget more often than not will determine how successful I am at taking off the pounds. I would prefer not to go over my calorie budget more than once a week and really not more than twice a month. Thank goodness today is the start of a new month, or I would be in trouble having already gone over my daily calorie limit twice. Well, I will chalk that up to a learning experience as I am just beginning to track my calories.
Even though I went over my limit a couple of times, I still think I am doing well...for me. A positive worth mentioning is that I have only had one meal that was prepared outside the home (Taco Time) since my husband has been out of town. Normally, at least 50% or more of my meals are take-out/dining out. I've mentioned several times before that I do not cook. Either my husband does the cooking or we will eat out. Which means we eat out a lot. In order for us both to succeed at weight loss, I need to do my part and start cooking. For some reason, I do cook (and do dishes hence the title of this post) when he is not here. Here are some of the meals that I prepared for dinner this week:
Potatoes, Eggs and Bacon
Turkey and Bean Tostada
Chicken, Cottage Cheese and Butternut Squash
Mushroom, Spinach and Cheese Omelet
Salmon, Butternut Squash and Spinach
I have enjoyed every meal and I am happy to report that I didn't overcook my meats like I did with the chicken a few weeks ago . Both the chicken and salmon were moist. Score! I'm preparing my breakfast and lunches too. I even had a salad. The shock! I need to improve with these meals, as I am having some foods that are not as healthy as I would prefer (bagel, cream cheese, granola). Finding healthier options and cutting out the processed foods will happen over time. For now, my goal is to stick to the calorie budget, whether the food is good, bad or ugly. Convenience and likability will play a big part as I am starting out. Hopefully the choices I make are still better than if I were eating fast food.
My husband will be out of town until next Saturday. That means I will fend for myself for another eight days. I know it takes longer than two weeks to change your habits, but I hope that once he returns, I will start helping with the cooking. That's a big wait and see though. For now, all I can say is that I want to lose weight and to do so, I have to help with the cooking. If I am serious about this, then I will.
It's Friday! Hope you all have a great weekend.