What I eat!
It has been awhile since I've done a weight update. So, instead of throwing out numbers from a scale of measurement just yet, I decided to also show you some of the meals I eat and how my body looks today.
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I lost a considerable amount of weight by limiting carbs and sugars, and upping protein, vegetable, and my fat intake. I used the Atkins Diet as my Bible. I read the book, put it into practice and Haaaallelujahhhh, it's a miracle!
My heaviest weight was 215 pounds, and today I hover between 124 -126 pounds, depending on the moon cycles!
I attempt not to put too much emphasis on the numbers, because I enjoy the relationship of being in tune with my body, which just means I feel good in my skin, but I'm feeling I need to tone up some more, and I shall, after all summer bodies are made in the winter!
I have maintained my weight loss for more than two and a half years, (can I get an Amen?!) and even though I may overdo it from time to time (moon cycles and chocolate and these cranberry white chocolate cookies/biscuits for my Brits) I just feel good and wish to maintain my healthy eating and exercising habits.
Speaking of glorious luxuries: THIS THAI SOUP!
Depending on what I have going on, and if I don't have time to drink coffee or have a hearty breakfast before, lunch is usually eaten out.
I don't eat out often, I feel my cooking is on par with Julia Child or Hélène Darroze, (look them ladies up!) so why go out when I can eat in? Don't believe me? Well, come on over and I'll cook for you! It'll be a pleasure!
And besides, restaurants don't look too kindly to their patrons eating in their underwear or pajamas. Staying in has its comfort advantages!
The other day, as it was freezing rain out and me, stuck right in the middle of it, I decided to stop in at my favorite Asian resto located near my home and warm up with some Thai soup.
It was/is so delicious and fragrant and filling, I only ate half of it. I am always pleased to have leftovers, two meals for the price of one - uhh, yes please!!!
The Thai soup pictured is made with a spicy coconut milk base, with shrimp, calamari, noodles, some fresh vegetables, and herbs. It was a party for one and all for me! By the way, this soup is super easy to make, but as I am lazy, I haven't gotten around to making it.
Dinner is usually a big meal.
I always have some sort of protein and vegetable. Always.
But I am also smart enough to not deprive myself, because if I deny myself anything, it only make me want to have it more. It becomes an obsession, that I simply don't have time for anymore.
Pictured above is a large salad with ranch dressing, duck breast, and a scoop of mashed potatoes with fresh herbs. It was good, if I do say so myself.
What also helps a lot is French portion sizes. You see, a normal meal in France, portion size wise, is considered a kid's meal in The States. And that goes with pretty much everything, you will almost never see a mega-jumbo Big Gulp portion sized anything. So, when I can't resist these cranberry white chocolate cookies that melt and blend so perfectly in my morning's coffee, or a bag of chips (or crisps for my Brits out there) the packaging and portion sizes feeds my greed, but curbs my gluttony.
In other words, I can't gorge myself, like Jabba the Hutt, unless I buy two or three, which I won't because I choose to spend my money on real food. Thanks, France!
To give you a better idea of what I mean: A small (normal) sized bag of Doritos costs about 2.70€ but so does two chicken breasts.
I feel I have come a long way since moving to France - geographically, physically, mentally, and emotionally - but one must continue to learn to become a better human being, and Big Mama still has roads to go. Wish me luck!
Have a question about how I lost weight, foods, or need any additional information? Well, just ask!!! I would be more than happy to help you out - it's what I do! I'm a helper. So, help me help you and let's discover something new together, after all, one must continue to learn to become a better human being!
Life is too short to eat bad food! Take care of yourselves and know that I love you, and there is nothing you can do about it.
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Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
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