Well, hello all my friends that have been following my soul food diet journey! I got a little off course the last couple of weeks, so I must apologize. I got laid off at work because it’s summer time and I work for a non-profit organization that operates pre-k centers – so “school’s out for the summer” as the song says! On top of that, there was a holiday (4th of July) a week ago and we even had a special event at my church! So due to all of that, I have decided to make this a “catch up” post, to bring everyone and everything up to date! First, a confession… I was off my diet and exercise program for at least a week during the last 3 weeks. I did gain some of the weight I lost back and it was kind of hard to reel myself in and get back on the program! But I guess the important thing is, I am back but I’m on my own program – a modified version of the fast metabolism diet. Since I’m not working, I simply can’t eat all the food required on this diet! It’s just way to much food when I’m not achieving the same level of activity. So here’s the deal…
I’m still eating the same meats, fish, shrimp, vegetables and fruits but I’m eating less of them. (tip: I sauté my greens and cabbage in a little extra virgin coconut oil and it’s absolutely delicious!) I am also doing my best with eating 5 times a day but there’s no use in me trying to pretend I’m doing something I’m not doing. Most days I usually eat a brunch and dinner. I use fruit as snacks between meals when I’m hungry enough to eat it. I have a bit of a problem forcing myself to eat when I’m not hungry even though doing that has helped me lose the weight I’ve lost so far. I still adhere (as much as possible) to the “no” list of…
no diet foods
no refined sugar or artificial sweetners
etc, etc, etc
I’ve fallen off the wagon once or twice, but I pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again! I really believe it’s all in the attitude! I’m human and DEFINATELY not perfect but I WILL SUCCEED!!!
I basically eat some type of protein, greens, green beans or salad and sweet potatoes at my main meals. I also add brown rice or sprouted grain bread, fish or shrimp to my meals in the appropriate and obvious places. At this point I’m at 32.4 lbs down at my last weigh in yesterday (I weigh on Mondays). So the bottom line is, the soul food diet is still “large and in charge” but I am now making the fast metabolism diet my own! I will wait another week to see if it has a negative effect on my weight loss and if it does, I may have to go back to doing it by the book! Also, due to my “summertime state of mind”, it’s really tough staying on track right now! So pray for me and stay tuned!!!