The experts say you should lose no more than two pounds a week, so I allowed myself to eat up to 1800 calories a day. I was afraid this would be too many calories, but my workouts have enabled me to eat a little more than I would be able to otherwise. I will continue with my current daily calorie goal until my weight plateaus, and then I’ll make adjustments.
First thing this morning, I weighed and took my measurements. I am down 1.6 pounds since last Tuesday, which puts me at an even 145, which works out perfectly for my goal of losing five pounds each month. I like for my numbers to be nice and neat. I didn’t lose any inches on my hips, but I lost a whole inch on my waist at its narrowest point. My other measurements ranged between 1/4-inch and 3/4-inch less than last week, so I feel good about my progress. Slowly but surely, the weight and inches will come off.
I am eating a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein and vegetables. I usually eat leftover dinner casseroles/entrees for lunch, but sometimes there are no leftovers, and I need something that is healthy and filling, so I have made a large salad for lunch each day. I don’t usually enjoy salads because there are very few dressings I will eat, but I love a salad piled high with meat and vegetables. Yesterday, I added some grilled chicken leftover from dinner last week. This was delicious without any dressing.
The day before, I topped my salad with leftover taco meat from dinner last week. I used a head of romaine hearts, tomatoes from my garden, about a quarter cup each of corn (leftover) and black beans (another leftover), and one ounce of pepper jack cheese (yes, I measured it on my digital kitchen scale).
I was out of leftover meat today, so I added extra black beans and corn. I planted an heirloom tomato plant this year, and it has large yellow tomatoes that have a wonderful flavor. I topped my salad today with one of those tomatoes that my daughter picked fresh from the vine. It was fabulous.
What are your favorite lunch options? If you eat salads, what are your favorite toppings?