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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Trimming Down

After the hustle and bustle of wedding and Dickens Fair, it was time to get serious about peeling off a few pounds so that I could fit into the summer dresses in my wardrobe. I love my clothes and hate not getting to wear them. So, with that in mind, I looked into several options (Daily Plate, My Fitness Pal, etc.) and settled on thedailyplate.com (bought by LiveStrong). It has a great interface that lets me type a partial search and instantly displays matches and it has a huge database that includes darned near everything Trader Joe sells. I was entering stuff into it, not realizing how well it would tap into Erik's gamer sense. Before I knew it, and without any particular intention to do so, he was tracking along with me, and the net result is that we're both eating better and more consciously. Instead of succumbing to Pizza My Heart, we're having a burrito bowl from Chipotle. Losing the tortilla alone is worth 290 calories!

After four weeks, we're both down about five pounds. Heading to Vegas, we decided to take a full break from tracking and eat whatever we wanted. It turned out, we were doing so much walking, that didn't really matter much, save for that we were eating way more than before, and far richer foods than we have for a month or so. Honestly, by Sunday I was missing my diet. I felt sluggish, bloated, and gassy. Tummy pooch that had been reduced to supple curves was back to it's usual flabby look. We both went to bed last night feeling too full. It's funny how a little break will help you stay on track in the long run just because we feel better running a little leaner.

So today, I'm back to my lovely Oatmeal Complete with ground flax for breakfast and homemade turkey soup for lunch. Here's hoping that I'll peel another five pounds off this month and be back to pretty dresses for the spring!

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