My amazing mom has recently joined Weight Watchers and has already lost 13 pounds (go, Mom!). She has remarkable amounts of will power (which did not necessarily get passed down to me). I like to eat. I really like to eat. Like this past weekend, I made ice-cream sandwiches out of homemade chocolate-chip cookies and vanilla ice-cream. I think I single-handedly ate at least 7 of them. And they were big. I also ate a lot of goat cheese spread (with garlic, olive oil, fresh rosemary, and pita chips). And then there were the brownies and the little lemon cakes at the picnic I went to...
Like I've said in the past, I'm not a big fan of diets. To me, diets imply a state of temporariness. Diets feel like, "I'll work really hard to resist temptation and lose weight." When the ideal weight has been achieved, it's tempting to go back to one's old ways and put the weight right back on.
Instead, a good "diet" is really a lifestyle change. You change your eating habits, lose weight while doing it, and continue with the habits once your idea weight is attained in order to maintain it.
Easy said than done, of course.
I like the Weight Watchers approach because it follows a simple premise: in order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat fewer calories than you expend. It also retrains your brain to have a more realistic understanding of portion size. (Just for the record, Weight Watches is not paying me to sing their praises...)
I went to the Weight Watchers site and got a lot of recipes for this week:
- Baked Falafel Sandwiches
- Bean Burritos
- Chickpea and Brown Rice Veggie Burgers with Cucumber Salsa
- Bowtie Past with Wild Mushrooms
- Feta, Tomato, and Spinach Pizza
Don't get me wrong. I'm not thinking, "I'm going to lose weight before my honeymoon and then gorge myself for two weeks straight." I'm really trying to change my lifestyle, and I'm merely using my impending honeymoon as a little extrinsic motivation.
P.S. If you want more insight into the recipes I try, consider joining the 2000 Dollar Wedding Facebook group. I update it much more frequently.