I have less than a month until Thanksgiving weekend when I will see most of my family. I haven't seen some of them in a while and my weight gain has got to be noticeable. I have finally resorted to making low carbohydrate dinners in an attempt to see some actual weight loss. It's difficult on the one hand because my enthusiasm for cooking is not helped by a lack of my favorite things such as pasta and rice and bread. However, the idea of actually losing weight has been appealing the last few days that I have been trying this out. Plus my husband seems excited and I love that.
Main dishes seem pretty easy to figure out, take a protein and spice it up. It's the side dishes that are causing me problems. Usually I would make a little pasta or rice, but that's what I tend to over eat. It's usually half a plate of carbohydrate heavy side and a protein. In fact, I would usually be happy to skip the protein altogether!! So far I have relied on sauteed mushrooms, but that's not green and I know I'll burn out. Eating healthy is really expensive! The recommended snacks and entrees are much more expensive than the pasta and rice I usually make.
Tonight I'm making scrambled eggs with bacon and a sauteed portobello mushroom. Tomorrow I plan to pick up a Cooking Light entree at Target on my way home from work. I am going to get totally crazy and try out mashed cauliflower. I used to think that sounded so stupid, then I got desperate to lose weight for an event, go figure.
The weather has really changed here in Portland and I haven't been walking as much as I was. I have stepped up my biking routine to help compensate. Just this week started riding it for an hour on days I don't have to work. I read in All You magazine that our health insurance company might reimburse up to $150 per year for a health club membership so I need to add that to my research list. I suppose shame motivated me to lose weight for my own wedding perhaps it will work for me this time too.