I guess food and weight are on my mind this week. After a couple of weeks of travel, plus a few more weeks of hanging out downtown to avoid the remodeling, I am back up a few pounds. Why is it so hard to lose the weight, but so easy to gain it back? This week I have returned to the Weight Watchers online program from which I had strayed, counting my points and measuring my portions. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: when I measure portions I eat less but feel more satisfied. Funny how that works!
Losing weight, for me, is about maintaining health. In my case, family genetics don’t allow me to get away with any extra weight — we are cholesterol prone, with a nasty history of early heart attacks and strokes, and I want to stay off medication if at all possible. So far I’ve been successful, but a few extra pounds here and there caused numbers to creep up a little.
If you’re a snacker, I invite you to check out Snack Girl. Snack Girl offers a variety of ways to enjoy snacking but cut the calories way down. Visit the site, and you’ll get plenty of recipe ideas as well as thoughtful blog posts. In fact, the other day while discussing Cinnabon alternatives, she made sure that the Cinnabon photos were in black and white — just a small way of reducing temptation!
And here, because I’m feeling abundant today, is a bonus recommendation: Right after I had decided to recommend Snack Girl, I ran across a blog post by one of my fave bloggers, Bella, at One Sister’s Rant. Reporting from the world of fashion, Bella has alerted us to a new term “fatkini.” It’s frustrating that we women are still hating ourselves and our bodies and using derogatory terms to describe ourselves and our clothing. I’m all for health and maintaining healthy weight, but let’s be kind to ourselves, shall we? Go visit Bella and her pooch, Roxy Lee, and show them some love.
It’s a gorgeous day on the peninsula. I’m leaving the crazy remodeling noises to get a nice, long massage today! I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!
I LOVE Bella. (Just had to shout that out) Will check out Snack Girl next. 😀
Yep, it’s challenging to keep those pounds at bay. And why does everything look so good when you’re fasting? If you’ve ever done that. I dream about hot dogs and I don’t even eat hot dogs. I generally do that to give my body a break. You might wanna try hibiscus tea for blood pressure. Over here, we get to have the dried plant to make tea or juice. Yuummm…:-)
Funny you should mention hot dogs. I was a vegetarian for seven years, and I dreamed about hot dogs, craved them even, and I never ate them! Weird.
I’ve done some fasting, though I don’t these days because my body doesn’t handle it well. I do a cleanse twice a year, though, with light, non-allergenic foods, and I seem to do okay on that. I agree that it’s good to take some sort of a break.
Love hibiscus tea! It’s so yummy! Juice sounds interesting, too…
I’m all for some healthy snacks–the ones I eat don’t seem to be so healthy after all, ’cause I am not losing weight the way I’d like. Thanks for the recommendation!
I hope you enjoy Snack Girl’s ideas and find them useful! There’s so much temptation out there that we need all the help we can get.
Great post. You were recommended by Zencherry and I’m glad I checked your blog out. Look forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for the tip about Snack Girl.
Thanks, and welcome! I’ll check yours out as well.
Aside from hibiscus tea they mentioned, probably you could also try green tea. 🙂