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Changes are Coming my Way!

Guess What I’ve Been Eating?

This past weekend in New York, at my doctor’s suggestion, to avoid carrying around a cooler of shakes , I ate a small amount of real food for both lunch and dinner. I actually had no difficulty finding healthy food in Manhattan, as there seem to be places serving fresh, organic fare at every turn. From our last trip to the Museum of Modern Art, I knew that the Terrace Café on the 5th floor had some great healthy choices.  For lunch, I had the Miso Salad, sans dressing, with thinly sliced, grilled beef medallions, cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, and radishes topping a bed of fresh arugula.  We also ordered an appetizer of Lemon Hummus served with a thin, crispy flatbread.

The avocado was to die for! (Photo by me)
The avocado was to die for! (Photo by me)

Of course, with a shrunken stomach, after four months of nothing but Optifast shakes, I certainly wasn’t able to chow down on the entire salad, but I did manage two pieces of beef and avocado, as well as about a cup of the other veggies.  I also had a teaspoon of the delicious lemon hummus.

After lunch, I had a refreshing cup of Mighty Leaf Tea’s,  Marrakesh Mint for dessert. This tea isn’t available in my area, and I’d never tried it.  The funny thing is,  when I ghost blogged for the organic restaurant, I had to do an entire post on this brand.  (This is why I’m always wary of the blogs of businesses! :))

My husband chose our dinner spot based on our pickup location. Harrington’s Bar and Grill on 31st Street. My choices here were a bit more limited, but it was pouring rain and really chilly, so I was very content to be inside. After much consideration, I chose the grilled herbed salmon salad. It feature grilled, sliced salmon on a bed of romaine, with tomatoes, cucumbers and red and green peppers. I ate one of the small pieces of salmon and about a cup of vegetables.  My salmon loving husband and daughter gladly polished of the rest of the salad for me.

My Grilled Salmon Salad.  The tomatoes were delish!  That's my daughter's grilled veggie sandwich in the background. (Photo by me)
My Grilled Salmon Salad. The tomatoes were delish! That’s my daughter’s grilled veggie sandwich in the background. (Photo by me)

Weight Loss News

I lost a whopping 2.8 pounds at Wednesday’s weigh-in! After a quick high-five celebration from my doctor and nurse, my doctor said she’s ready for me to start making the transition back to food.  This week I’ll be having 4 oz. of lean protein with 1-2 cups of non-starchy vegetables for one of my meals.  I ‘ll still be drinking my shakes, but I’ll have four instead of five. Instead of doing another 9 weeks of Optifast, after this 9 weeks ends in June, I’ll be switching  to a program  called  Weight  Wise.  I’ll have 2 balanced meals and 1 snack of regular food with 2 Optifast shakes per day.  I’ll stay on this plan for two months, seeing my doctor bi-weekly, and the behavior modification specialist the other two weeks of the month.  Then, if I still have more weight to lose, I’ll do another 9 week round of Optifast. At this point, I have 33 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight.  By switching up my program, my body won’t become complacent with Optifast.

It’s funny how my relationship with food had changed.  Being back on it, isn’t as thrilling as I’d imagined it would be months ago. I think it has a lot to do with having so many more things in my life to look forward to other than just a meal.  My weight loss has caused me to become more involved with activities and people and those are the things I’m enjoying more. Food is lovely, but it’s just the fuel that gives me the energy I need to embrace life.


I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend with pretty weather~ It’s actually going to be in the high 60s here!  Hooray! 🙂 Anyone have exciting weekend plans?

20 thoughts on “Changes are Coming my Way!”

  1. I love your honesty in your posts. That salad looks amazing! So, between you, and my docs, and others out there who are eating healthy, I have finally surrounded myself with enough folks to feel like I can do it again…too. I eliminated soda, and drink only water and iced tea. I eliminated carbs in the form of pasta, and commercial bread. The only break I allow is a sprouted bread at one meal a day. I ate my first salad in months. I focus on getting primarily protein in the form of meat, eggs, and nuts…and vegetables and lower glycemic fruits. I am committed to not overeating at night, which has been my routine for about 4 months now. I eliminated chips…and all junk food. It’s been 4 days, and I am feeling so much better. Thank you for being there for me!

    1. Oh, my goodness! You’re so welcome! I’m typing like a maniac, I’m so excited for you! I think your plan is fabulous! You should be so proud of yourself for going four days without junk food–that’s a very difficult addiction to break.
      Try to find an activity to do in the evenings that will keep you from snacking. I took up needle felting (though now I’ve switched to blogging more than felting). If your hands are busy, you can’t hold food! Eventually, you won’t think about snacking.
      I wish you lived near, I’d walk with you in the evenings for exercise, but I’ll bet you could talk one of your kids to be an exercise buddy. I’m really happy that you’re making changes—you’re going to have so much more energy once you get into the routine of things. Hooray for you! 🙂

  2. Sounds like things are going well. It’s an interesting way to lose weight and change your behavior. It’s a good feeling for me to not be able to eat a whole restaurant meal with a smaller appetite. The salads look delicious.

    1. They were good. 🙂 This week I’m eating 4 oz. of protein and 1-2 cups of veggies. I’ve been putting my food on one of our salad plates. I can’t believe how hard it is to finish it all and how full I am afterwards! It feels really good to be eating healthy foods. Have a nice weekend! 🙂

  3. I had an avocado last night. Love them! Looks like things are looking very bright for you! Your husband and daughter are no fools! They knew you wouldn’t be able to finish and got extra! lol Have a great night! 🙂

    1. I love avocados, too! My husband is always ready to eat what I leave behind. Tonight I had grilled tilapia. I measured out my 4oz. and then grilled the remainder of the fillet for him! You have a great night, too! 🙂

  4. So true Hon, that actually living and being in the moment with loved ones is far more satisfying than absent minded grazing! And I shall cherish the memory of that salad of yours and what a perfect moment in a perfect setting…with a wonderful companion.

    As dumbfounded as I am at the phenomena of people taking pictures of their meals, I am certainly glad you took a picture of that one!

    1. I’m usually not one to take pics of my food, but I thought since they were my first real meals in four months, I felt like I should! I love having you as my life companion–and true love. xxxooo

  5. I remain in awe how you have managed to drink nothing but shakes for 4 months and will continue. I think after a week of drinking that I’d be gagging at the thought of downing another. I did a veg juice diet for a week, THAT was tough! I am glad you went out for dinner and enjoyed it. One amazing woman you are, you should be so proud of yourself ❤

    1. Thank you so much. The great thing is that the shakes actually taste really good. Now I’m only doing four shakes with 1 meal of a lean protein and vegetable. Next week I get to add a fruit. I do feel like I’ve changed my way of thinking about food–which was my goal. However, I’ll have to stay ever vigilant to maintain the weight of lost. You’re so kind! 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes, my NYC trip was the perfect opportunity to figure out my new camera! Luckily, my younger daughter has the exact same one, so she helped me with all of the settings and showed me how to get the pictures on my computer. I’m not good with written directions! 🙂 Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

  6. Three cheers for the Marrakesh mint tea! This sounds delicious and a total treat. The Miso salad is a new dish to me. I guess it is a kind of tofu? I like Miso soup, that is delicious but fairly expensive if you drink it often (even the sachets here from the supermarket work out about £1.50 a cup to do it yourself at home!). It’s great (and inspiring) to follow your success.

    I love dining out in art galleries the environment is so uplifting. I am so glad you enjoyed a great time in Manhattan. Hurrah!

    ps I’m having a big cup of lemongrass tea. This is my new ‘find’!

    1. Lemongrass Tea sounds amazing! I’m having a nice cup of Celestial Seasoning’s Peppermint right now. Yummm!

      I love dining in galleries, too. I think the Miso part of the salad was in the dressing, which I opted out of. Miso soup is also very delicious. It’s not really pricey at the Japanese restaurants around here. I’ve never tried to get it at the market though.

      Overall, our little day trip was fun, as usual. My daughter had a blast. She’s going again with a friend next week!

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support! 🙂 Enjoy that tea!

      1. Ooh I didn’t know celestial seasonings also did Peppermint!! They are a great quality cuppa. I only tried the cinnamon so far (bliss!). I will try to get hold of that variety.

        US has such global dining experiences! Except for London I don’t think it is easy in UK to find a Japanese restaurant (I may be wrong). I would love to have a complete Japanese dining experience. We have sushi bars but they are very samey.

        Cheers! 🙂

  7. The salads looked delicious! If you don’t mind me asking, how did your body react to having real food? Any changes with your taste buds? Am I being totally weird here? Ha! I sure don’t mean to be. I’m seriously just curious if things tasted like you remembered, better, or worse, or meh.

    We stopped eating red meat for a while and not long ago we tried it again for the first time in a few months (I think it was a few months) anyway, the meat didn’t taste the same, it wasn’t as delicious as I thought it was going to be. I had a small piece then opted to have the left over grilled tofu that was in the fridge.


    1. Excellent question, Maria! The only thing I’ve been craving during my absence from food has been vegetables. I’ve literally had dreams that I’ve been eating kale and broccoli! I’m not a beef eater either, but this salad was the one meal option that I had that contained protein without carbs or dairy, and that I could get without dressing. The veggies DID taste more vibrant to me and the cucumbers were to die for! I forced myself to eat the beef and managed a piece and a half. I’m really enjoying fish and eggs as my protein sources now that I’m eating dinner with my family. I’ve also been eating chicken, simply for the protein, but I don’t love it! I plan to get some tofu today when I grocery shop–and I wonder how it would do in the George Forman grill? Have you tried that? I also have a really good non-stick pan that I could give a little squirt of Pam to and try to stir “fry” it up with my veggie serving. Mrs. Dash sodium free seasonings and my big spice collection have also been a lifesaver for me as I like a lot of flavor.

      So good to hear from you! 🙂

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