Sunday, May 3, 2009

Gearing up for battle

I must start getting serious about carving off a few pounds. As I've blogged about before, the weight is creeping back on -- slowly but stealthily; I am now up about two sizes (15 pounds) from my lowest point. And I've got to get a handle on it, pronto! Ideally, I'd like to take off 8-10 lbs., but I'd be happy with 5-6 or so and fitting into my size 6's comfortably ....

Problem is, I've been hit with a double whammy: I'm going through a stressful time (job-hunting, ugh!) -- and stress always makes me head straight for the sweets and carbs; and I'm also suffering symptoms such as mood swings and weight gain caused by peri-menopause and/or the dreaded Big M (I'm not exactly sure which cycle I'm in).

The answer, I know, is to cut back on my caloric intake. Yup, easier said than done! But I found a helpful list on Prevention.com of 100 ways to cut 100 calories. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

1. Use light, whole-wheat bread, which is low in calories and high in fiber, for your morning toast or lunchtime sandwich.

2. Don't say "cheese" when it comes to burgers -- you're already getting enough protein, and you don't need the extra fat). Instead, load it up with lettuce, tomato, onion, and some ketchup and mustard.

3. Use nonfat or 1 percent milk instead of whole milk.

4. Use vinaigrette instead 0f mayonnaise-based salad dressings; and, while you're at it, dress your greens very, very lightly!

5. Eat grilled chicken instead of breaded or fried.

6. Use one less tablespoon of butter, margarine or oil in recipes.

7. Leave 3-4 bites on your plate.

8. Eat slowly to make your meal last and reduce your urge for seconds. (See my blog entry "Eat this way, not that" from Oct. 23 for tips on slowing down your eating.)

9. When dining out, tell them ixnay on the breadbasket.

10. And if you must have dessert, order one for the whole table and split it.

I'll bet you won't even miss those calories!

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