Losing Weight (Our Daily Salad)

Losing Weight (Our Daily Salad) January 5, 2016

I will do a retrospective post about my sabbatical soon – I’m not considering it to be over just yet, since I am still finishing off one project, and classes don’t start until next week.

But I thought I would share a separate post about one of my sabbatical goals, which was to exercise regularly, and not merely lose some weight, but actually get within the recommended range for someone my height and age. That goal was successful, and although the process began before the sabbatical, during the past half a year I’ve been much more diligent and have made much better progress.

buturugiI was inspired to write this post at least in part by the fact that my wife has started a new blog, called “Our Daily Bread Recipe.” Her first few posts featured the recipes for some of my absolute favorite baked items that I enjoy eating. Incredible cakes that the Romanians call “buturugi.Homemade bread. Those recipes on my wife’s blog illustrate the challenges I’ve faced when it comes to losing weight. My attitude used to be, “Who cares about how much you weigh, when you are eating homemade baked goods that are so delicious?” But that approach was unsustainable, and I haven’t had to give up these goodies entirely in order to achieve the aforementioned goal.

My wife’s most recent post is a salad recipe, and it is one of the keys to how I’ve lost so much weight over the past year or two. Almost every day, a salad is my lunch. It is filling and tasty, and switching up the meats, adding olives, and making other minor changes offers variety so that I don’t get bored. I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately how I’ve managed to lose so much weight (around 30 pounds or so over the past year and a half, I think). Exercising and cutting out snacking have made a big difference, but a key part has also been eating a healthy breakfast and lunch. I will have a boiled egg and/or some homemade muesli with homemade yogurt for breakfast (I expect that both of those recipes will appear on the “Our Daily Bread Recipe” blog at some point) almost every day (with an exception made for something like French toast on very rare occasions).  And a salad for lunch.
saladIn the morning, I usually exercise while getting caught up on a TV show that I feel I ought to watch, and otherwise would not find time for. A half hour lifting weights and/or on the exercise bike while watching Stargate kills two birds with one stone. I realize that not everyone has the “need” to watch science fiction for work-related purposes. But you can certainly combine something you’d like to watch for pleasure with an exercise routine.
And I think the thing that has made the biggest difference has been cutting out snacking. I did some of the other things and lost some weight, but it really kicked into high gear when I made the decision not only to not stuff myself at meal times, but also to accept being hungry in between meals. I’m hungry as I write this, and am simply going to wait until I have lunch. Yes, it can be distracting, but usually drinking some water, tea, or coffee is sufficient to take the edge off the hunger.
I’ll say more about other things I did during my sabbatical soon. But I thought I would share a whole post on this topic, since so many people have been asking me.
And now, time for lunch…

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  • Leanna Clarkson

    Wow 30 pounds!! It’s amazing what a nutrition program can do for you. Personally I follow the E-Factor diet and I am down 20 pounds and counting. My friends are on the same diet and they wrote a review for it on their blog: http://bit.ly/1OxsfQL

  • lizzysimplymagic

    I’m embarking on my own weight-loss quest… I’m about ten pounds into my 50 pound goal! I’m doing something crazy this time – I’m eating less. I’ve struggled with a binge eating disorder for over a decade and I’m just now starting to feel healthy enough to treat food with the respect it deserves. I eat GREAT food, yummy food, rich food… just not ALL the food. Since I already eat healthy and get a lot of incidental exercise, all I changed about my lifestyle was portion size and I’m losing about 3lbs a week so far. I still struggle with wanting to bury myself in sickening amounts of food, but I’m getting stronger and seeing results is a great motivator. I love my scale!

    • Yes, thank you for making that important point – enjoying great, delicious food, including ones that are sweet and high in calories, but in moderation. I should also have said that I have been more discerning in which carbs and sweets I eat. I used to just eat such things because they were there. Now I count the cost, and will skip the ones that aren’t really worth it, so that I can indulge guilt-free in the things that truly deserve to be eaten!

      • lizzysimplymagic

        Exactly! Beverages are the hardest for me. I have a weakness for big frothy lattes and iced pearl teas… so many calories, virtually no nutrients, and sooooo delicious. So I indulge, once a week as a treat instead of daily because it’s there.

        • I remember when it was that I discovered just how many calories are in the things we drink. I spent the summer walking much, more more almost every day than I had in a long time, and didn’t lose any weight. But I was drinking lots and lots of fruit juice – not even that much soda. I now drink unsweetened tea, unsweetened coffee, and water, and only rarely something else.

          • lizzysimplymagic

            Tea rocks! I’m still working out what to do about milk though. I’m a big milk drinker, and I just can’t figure out how to drink a bottle before it goes sour AND stay under my calorie budget. I get plenty of calcium from other sources, but I do miss my daily unsweetened creamy chai habit.