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A Day in the Life of a “Dieter”

Linking up with ShortMama for Muffin Top to Skinny Jeans to talk about weight loss on Thursdays. I have to say (and I think ShortMama would agree), that this is to me a lifestyle change and NOT a diet. The topic today is a great one — what do you eat on a typical day?

Well… here’s what I am eating today. Today is not so typical (too many carbs and too much sodium!)… so I’ll add a bit about what is typical too.

Breakfast: Quaker Oatmeal Squares with skim milk, homemade hot chocolate
Lunch: Italian Wedding Soup (I made a batch to take to a friend and kept out a little for lunch, I don’t typically cook lunch!)
Dinner: Spaghetti and Sauce, homemade bread, throwing some mushrooms in for extra veggies
Snacks: peanut butter on celery, light popcorn (we are having a family movie night!) 🙂

My day running around town has managed to throw my whole week off… so even with menu planning I am struggling this week to get food on the table. We’ve eaten out (fast food at that!) twice this week too… overall it hasn’t been so great!

Here is what I try to do on a more typical day:
Breakfast: egg/egg white combo (usually 1 egg and 2 whites or 2 whole eggs) fixed in various ways — fried in a tiny bit of olive oil, scrambled or made into an omelet. I really love throwing tons of mushrooms and spinach and a bit of 2% cheese in to make an omelet. Sometimes with toast. I try to always eat breakfast (though I’ve been failing lately). I do keep semi-healthy cereals around for those rushed days — Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Mini Wheats, or those Quaker Oatmeal Squares! I usually drink a glass of skim milk along with breakfast too.
Lunch: lately, lunch is leftovers from supper. In the summer, I often ate salad with fresh veggies but now that it is a bit cooler I want something besides cold salad. Peanut butter and honey on whole wheat is the default if I can’t come up with leftovers. 🙂
Dinner: Dinner is all over the board. I do menu planning each week, so you can always look through my Monday Menu Plans to get an idea of meals (and recipes). I am trying to do at least one meatless day a week, a couple of days of chicken, and a couple of random days. I have been making tons of soup over the past month or so, so we typically have leftovers at lest once a week.
Snacks: Homemade Hot Chocolate has been a favorite lately, and an easy way to get in another dairy serving (not that getting in dairy is typically a problem for me). I also try to snack on whatever fruit is in season — this week we have grapes, tangerines and bananas in our fruit bowl. Okay, we don’t really have a fruit bowl. Maybe I should put that on my Christmas wish list.

Random notes: Several years ago, I lost some weight through Weight Watchers. I still try to follow their basic approach — whole grains (the spaghetti tonight is Ronzoni Smart Taste because no one else in my house likes whole wheat pasta), healthy oils like olive oil or avocado, 2-3 servings of dairy, 5 or more servings of veggies. I drink mostly skim milk, water, and the occasional diet soda/unsweetened tea sweetened with Splenda. I also use an online support system/calorie tracker called My Fitness Pal (which is FREE! You should try it!) to plan out my daily meals.

Now if I could just get back on track with exercise… 🙂

Today, I am so thankful for the community of friends I’ve discovered at My Fitness Pal. I’m thankful too for the Blueberry Pomegranate Propel water I picked up at the store — it is amazing and helping me get in water today (yes, I’ve been slacking on that too).