Feb 22, 2012

Another day, another dinner.

Another day of eating well and not being sick. Yes!!!  

There must be a bad bug going around though because now my youngest son, Liam, is sick with it and some friends of mine were sick over the weekend as well. ‘Tis the season for flu?

I got a good night’s rest last night and the world seemed like a much nicer place this morning except for the political situation with Toronto’s mayor (and I am actually embarrassed to call myself a Toronto girl today), today was a good day.

I still had some zucchini left in the fridge that had to be used so I made zucchini lasagne for dinner tonight. Basically I used my mandolin to slice zucchini really thin and used it in place of the pasta noodles. I used extra lean ground beef, crushed tomatoes and low fat cheese and all my normal Italian seasonings (oregano, basil, garlic, green onion and green pepper) and it was delicious. I made regular lasagne for the boys.  This meal isn’t Phase 1 of the diet I’m following but it does fall nicely into Phase 2 (because of the tomatoes) so I’m still happy with it.  I put leftovers in the freezer for the weekend when the boys are away and I hate cooking for one.

My scale showed a drop this morning from my “sick weight” so I’m hoping it will all be gone by Saturday. This is the week I would normally have a small gain or stay the same so I’m not stressing over weigh in too much. I try to look at my weight loss as an average over 4 weeks rather than a week to week thing – it helps keep me sane!

I’ve tried to do low carb many times over the years but I don’t think I ever actually embraced it rather than fought it before. This time I am not making it so strict that I can’t stick to it, and I’m being flexible with Phase 1 and 2 rather than all or nothing and I’m looking for opportunities to make changes rather than seeing it as a short term goal.  This is my fourth week – I’ve never stuck to it more than 7 days before – although I did have some bread and chicken noodle soup while I had the stomach bug, it didn’t derail me or set off any carb cravings so I think this is a good sign. It’s not so much moderation as it is having really rigid guidelines. I know I will never tame the sugar monster so it’s easier to just say no than to have one taste and stop.  And having sugar almost always triggers the “I want more sugar” craving so it’s stupid to keep starting the cycle over and over. I am not saying I will never have sugar, or pasta or bread again – but I think for the first time, I’m accepting how bad they really are (for me) and realizing that moderation will not work in my case.

I’m just going with and taking it one day at a time. 


  1. I think it's a great idea that you see the weight loss over 4 weeks. Weekly changes can be without any reason, so looking at it over time is the only way to go about it!

  2. Moderation does not work for me.
    May I speak freely?
    MANY people who swear by Moderation (not all, but many)
    THEY are at the same weight as they were when they started.
    And basically tell us that they'll give up sweet treats when we pry them from their cold dead (chubby) hands.
    Well.... I know myself. I am MUCH better off with moderation.
    LIKE a junkie! That's me. A sweetie junkie!
    Better leave it off.... strict or not! It's true!
    HUGS and congrats on the 4 weeks progress!

  3. I am with Anne...all or nothing for me. No moderation. I am at the point now where I have no interest in binging, junk food etc. You can get there.

    Glad you are better...the zucchini lasagne sounds fabulous!!!

  4. Unfortunately/fortunately I think Anne is right (not that I can do it either). The on off button is not switched as easy as a light.