Day 3 on Holiday Weight Loss Challenge

Part of the You Can Learn Good Health series.
By Ken Brown
January 18, 2005

How did you do today? It was a rough day for me, as I craved candy and sweets all day long. But you know what, I survived and I feel pretty good about my results.

For breakfast I had two packages of Instant Grits, an 8 ounce glass of orange juice, one scrambled egg, 1 tablespoon of butter and 6 ounces of 2% milk. I made my lunch before leaving the house.

I ate healthy for lunch. I did not give in to false cravings. I did diet and exercise, always a strong response to cravings. Thank you for your support.
For lunch, I ate a turkey sandwich ( 2 slices of bread and deli turkey sliced thin from the Jewel deli.) I include a generous helping of mayo. But I also brought 2 servings of frozen green beans.

Remember, I am substituting the green beans for potato chips or peanut butter crackers, so I score big when I make this switch. I drank water and for dessert I had an apple. No candy bars today. When I started having cravings for something sweet, I substituted a flavored non-caffienated tea. Today it was peach flavor. Something to take the edge off, I didn't add sugar. That would defeat the purpose.

I also walked for about 4 miles today. During my lunch hour, I went to McKee Marsh in Blackwell forest preserve and enjoyed a brisk walk in the very cold air. It was worth it as there was a blue Heron flying off, and interesting patterns of ice as the water level went down after freezing at a higher level.

Speaking of higher levels, there is something to be said for walking by yourself for an extended time. Especially, if it is quiet and peaceful without the daily distractions or problems of normal life. No cell phones. Walking in the city might not accomplish the same goal. Walking for 15 minutes doesn't take you to the same level either. Whether it is serenity or something spiritual, I don't know but I always feel refreshed.

There was one small Reeses candy before supper tonight. Today, Mary prepared some beef and gravy, a baked potato, 2 servings of veggies (corn, broccoli and cauliflower) all from frozen and I drank water. I only had one portion.

Overall, I am going to rate this a good day on the calorie buster chart. I hope you did just as well. Good luck tomorrow.

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