Chef on a Diet—Down 20!

All I can say today is hooray! Well, I guess there are two things I can say: Hooray, and here’s a recipe for a great panini: Jalapeño Turkey Club Panini 2 pieces whole wheat bread 1 ½ slices fat-free Swiss cheese 8 slices shaved turkey 1 T chopped tomato 1 slice turkey bacon, cooked and…

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Chef on a Diet—Midway Maintenance: Holding at 17

After I hit the 17-lb. mark, I had to make a decision on how to handle the upcoming 3 weeks. I had a number of events that were definitely going to make dieting a challenge: a wedding and 3-day weekend in Rancho Mirage; Connecticut cousins coming to visit the next week; and then Mother’s day…

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Chef on a Diet—After 11 Weeks: Down 17

The last 2 weeks have been incredibly busy both at work and at home, so I was actually shocked to see the scale saying I have now lost 17 pounds! I have to say, it has been challenging. While dieting these last two weeks, I have celebrated my 18th wedding anniversary, spent a weekend with…

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Chef on a Diet—After 9 Weeks: Down 14

A visit from my parents this weekend made it another challenging week. At least I’m going in the right direction, losing 1 lb. since my last weigh-in. More out of town visitors are coming this weekend, so I am keeping this short so I can go Zumba!

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Chef on a Diet—After 8 Weeks: Down 13

My first week without weight loss—Ugh! But, as I’ve said before, I need to be able to live with this plan, so if it takes me a little longer to lose, I’ll deal with it. And, I didn’t do as well balancing out my fun activities w/ increased exercise as planned. Moreover, I didn’t expect…

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Chef on a Diet—After 7 Weeks: Down 13

Almost half way there! I think it’s time to kick up the exercise a notch. Although I know that exercise is really important for general good health and weight loss, I have been holding off on joining the gym or going gung-ho on Zumba (an exercise DVD that I purchased 1 ½ yrs ago). I…

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Chef on a Diet—After 6 Weeks: Down 11

Surpassing the 10-pound milestone is a great feeling! My clothes fit better and I can really feel the difference. After last week’s asthma attack, my doctor gave me a one-week steroid pack to fix me up (in addition to a breathing treatment and a big shot in the butt). To my horror, she told me…

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Chef on a Diet—After 5 Weeks: Down 9

Last week was a tough one, and I’m actually happy w/ the 1 lb. I lost. My allergies have been out of control, so between taking lots of Benedryl, which wipes me out, and trying to breathe without wheezing, I was extremely sedentary. I still feel like a slug w/ very little energy to even…

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Chef on a Diet—After 4 Weeks: Down 8

OK, so this is a day late. Maybe it’s because I only lost 1 pound last week and just couldn’t get myself to admit I didn’t meet my 2 lb/wk goal. I am rationalizing that my weekly average is still 2 pounds, but I am not really happy w/ Week 4’s results. I have been…

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Chef on a Diet—After 3 Weeks: Down 7

After 3 weeks of dieting, I am amazed that I’m not miserable and cursing myself. This is really working! I know I shouldn’t be surprised; I’ve been watching it work for 4 ½ years. But I am surprised at how easy it has been. I am rarely hungry in between meals—only if I get too…

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Chef on a Diet—After 2 Weeks: Down 5

I kept to my goal of losing 2 pounds for the week, for a total weight loss of 5 lb! Again, Friday night was my biggest challenge. Yes, you guessed it—we hit the brewery and the Old Place. I kept to the food portion of my diet, but because of drinks, I did wind up…

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Chef on a Diet: First Week’s Weigh-In

I lost 3 lbs. my first week! Not enough for anyone to notice, of course, but I’m happy those 3 lbs. are gone. Actually, most dietitians recommend losing no more than 2-3 lbs. a week for healthy dieting, so I am right on. My goal moving forward is to lose 2 lbs. a week. All…

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