Today’s weight: 159
Starting weight: 184
Goal weight: 145
Wouldn’t you know it! Just when I get down into the 150’s my weight climbs 2 pounds. Sometimes I get so frustrated with this whole weight loss situation. I know it happens, weight fluctuates but it can be a little disappointing when you step on the scale and see the numbers edging up. Maybe I shouldn’t weigh myself 4 or 5 times in the morning hoping I will see a change ha! It is quiet possible I ate too much sodium yesterday. I was starving for hot wings, and even though they were baked, they had a pretty high sodium content. That is likely why I feel puffy today. I’ll stay away from anything laced with sodium for a few days and see if that helps.
Is it possible to become obsessed with weight loss? If so, I’ve got a double dose of it right now. If I think I’ve gained even 1/2 a pound I panic. I think that is natural, somewhat anyway ha! The last thing I want to do is go backwards and gain all that weight back. I would be devastated if I looked like that again. I’m at a happy place still working on getting those last stubborn 12 (now 14) pounds off. My mom says I didn’t gain weight overnight and it won’t come off overnight. She is right but it sure feels like it doesn’t take long for the weight to come back on.
My high school reunion is about 5 weeks away. That is one reason I wanted to tackle this challenging weight loss journey. But even if I don’t go I have other reasons for wanting to trim down. My health being the main reason. Someone was telling me the other day that they dropped a lot of weight because they were on every kind of medication possible. Once they got their weight down, the doctor was able to take them off a lot of the meds they were on. I don’t want to take anything! I don’t even like to take pain reliever for headaches. So it is best to get things under control while you can before you are forced to camp out at the pharmacy.
I found a recipe that is healthy but remember to count the calories! We all know bananas are filled with fiber and potassium, but what about the peanut butter? Well, all butters are high in fat, but they contain a healthy kind of fat. So when consumed in moderation, it can actually be very beneficial to your health
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe
2 frozen bananas sliced into small chunks
1/4 cup oats and grains
1/4 cup unsalted peanut butter
2 cups skim milk
1 tsp low-calorie sweetener
(optional) 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (plain flavor works too if you want the added nutrients but not the vanilla flavor)
- First, put your oats and grains into blender and blend until they’re very powdery.
- Add your remaining ingredients and blend them until there are no more chunks of frozen banana pieces (or until desired consistency).
- Garnish with a few fresh organic banana slices if desired.
Servings (yield) : Makes about 2 servings
Notes : Another variation on this recipe is to use unsalted almond butter instead of the peanut butter which is even healthier for you, and has a nice sweetness to it. You can also add some milk or dark chocolate (I like dark, especially with the almond butter) to the recipe if you want a chocolate treat. A healthy way to add chocolate is to use raw cacao powder, which is full of antioxidants and is high in magnesium and iron. It also has a generous amount of calcium, copper, zinc, and potassium. If you find the smoothie isn’t sweet enough, try adding some more Stevia powder or some honey or agave syrup. Enjoy!
I get a lot of good ideas for weight loss from different websites. Pinterest is by far my favorite. I thought I would post this to help give you some ideas for low-calorie snacks. Snacking is ok…if you keep the calories low and remember to keep up with them.
Have a happy day!