When I jumped (okay stepped cautiously) upon the scale this morning, it said that I am about 14 pounds down since I began this journey. I managed to make it through another weekend (and holiday) sticking to the plan. I am not sure if I can see a major difference yet, but I plan to keep going. As long as the scale shows me going down, something must be working. I told Mark that I crossed another decade threshold, which is also good. This weekend we traveled out to western Kansas to see Mark's dad. While we were out there, I did some climbing around when I was geocaching. We climbed out onto the chalk bluffs by Castle Rock and walked into some others. No where was really far, but I did get out of the house and walked around. I plan to find time to do more walking.
In the past few weeks, I have tried a few different recipes. I pureed up cauliflower a couple of times with cheese to make "mashed potatoes". It really wasn't bad and fills my craving for the potatoes. I made a recipe called "oopsie bread" and it worked too. Recipe - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=259930. This recipe was pretty good too. I even tried using zucchini as hashbrowns and making cheesy potatoes. This would have been better had I let the zucchini dry out a little bit, or maybe put it in a skillet and let it brown up for a little bit first. I bought avocados and a cucumber last night to try to make salsa from it. It will be my next experiment.
I will admit that it isn't always easy, but then no journey always goes smoothly. Last night I came home from the grocery store and Mark was drinking a beer on the porch. I really wanted one but held out and didn't have one. In the future, I could have one occasionally without doing too much harm. But for now, I plan to keep on the straight and narrow path. Diverging from the path hasn't worked in the past.
Which leads me to another topic. I picked up a First magazine at the grocery store and an article talked with Dr. Oz about the Eat to Live plan of Dr. Fuhrman. I went ahead and ordered his book to see if it might be an eating plan that would work better for me and not be so much meat and fat. In a quick glance at the Eat 4 Your Type book, my blood type would work best on a vegetarian diet. I am okay switching to mainly fruits and vegetables and not having the meat. What I read in the article was a focus on healthy nutrition rich fruits, vegetables and beans. I have already cut out the starchy and sugary foods, so that won't be a problem. So another thought as I travel down this road to becoming slimmer and healthier.