Yesterday was a fun day. I went shopping with my daughter and grandbaby and we had lunch out, then I had to go pick up my granddaughter at preschool in the deluge of a thunderstorm. Had to rush her and all kind of stuff to the house. Then home again and I finished up chapter 4 proofing on You Had Me at Cougar.
What was fun about the parrots is that they finally were all looking in the same direction at one point and I was able to get all of their heads instead of some of them grooming themselves. So it was a model-perfect pose.
One of my beta readers organized a fun role-playing group on Facebook for the cougar series some years ago and a group of fans act out the roles. So she wanted me to add a couple of characters who weren’t getting enough showtime in the book so they could role play. How fun is that?
I just have to make sure that when I add stuff, I don’t make new mistakes. But once this is up on the sites before it’s up for sale, I’ll proof it again.
I lost 2.6 lbs this week, woohoo, and I’m still eating, so not starving myself. It’s just a matter of eating lower calorie choices. I picked up a bag of individual bags of skinny popcorn and it’s satisfying the urge for something salty. And instead of chocolate if I have a sweet craving, though sometimes I have one “square,” though it’s really rectangular piece of dark chocolate, I eat an apple.
I still eat beef, but a lot more chicken also. On the blue plan on Weight Watchers, chicken breasts are free, though chicken thighs are 3 pts for 3 oz. Now who has a weight measuring tool? Not me. So I wing it. And when I get hungry and just have to eat something more, I just steam some vegetables, add butter and seasoning, and yes, the butter counts, but I still manage to keep my 23 points or less and lose weight. I’ve lost 12.6 lbs so far and it’s working! It’s not just a diet, but rethinking what I eat.
Okay, so I’m back to work on the book. Need to take Tanner in for his shots at 8. I just have tor remember it and not get too involved in proofing the book this morning!
Have a wonderful day! I’m off to get back to mine!
The Wolf Pack–I created this with Clip Art from Creative Fabrica, Daily Texture, and Oscraps.
After little one went home last night, I finally managed to proof another 10 chapters, so I have 8 chapters to go on Silence of the Wolf, and 10 chapters on the novella. I should get that done by Friday.
We went to the mall. It’s so hot that I thought it would be fun to walk the mall and maybe I could find some clothes for me. Skip that, but I did find an outfit for both baby and little one for Memorial Day and I’ll take some pictures. At the mall, everyone for the most part was wearing masks. So I was glad to see it. We went to the Cheesecake Factory and they had everything spaced so that people weren’t on top of others. I haven’t been to the mall in about a year and a half, maybe longer. I haven’t been to a restaurant in about the same amount of time because I just don’t eat out very much.
A friend of mine is in Weight Watchers and so she and I are doing the Blue Plan together! It’s fun and in 2 days, I’ve lost 3 lbs. I’m hoping I will continue to lose weight and get down to what I was before I quit working at the library. My problem is that to write, you have to keep your butt in the chair. To maintain weight, you have to get up and move. lol
I don’t eat that much–so I could never figure out what was wrong. I don’t eat bread very often, or pasta either.
Chocolate is my downfall, but even after skipping chocolate for a couple of weeks, I was still being a yo-yo on my weight. When I was younger, I used to count calories. I hated that. So now I’m trying to follow the WW plan and free foods are most vegetables and fruits, fish, chicken breasts, turkey breast…Anyway, so here’s the scenario. Instead of eating what I normally would–a half of a Chicken Marsala dish at the Cheesecake Factory, which for the whole dish is 50 points!, I had Tuscan Chicken on the Skinnylicious menu. It was 11 points for the whole thing. I didn’t know it at the time, so I was being careful of how much I ate, but I couldn’t eat all in one setting anyway. There were three pieces of chicken breasts and vegetables.
So I had only one “portion” and saved the other two for two more meals. Yesterday, I ended up having 2 portions, one for lunch and one for dinner. I had more tomatoes and broccoli as a side dish and for breakfast I had a poached egg (eggs are also zero points) and a sprinkle of cheese on it. The day before I was getting close to my limit of points because I had a chicken thigh and it’s 3 points, so I skipped the butter on the broccoli. But I could splurge yesterday and had butter. I measured it, when I normally don’t measure things.
Now, yesterday, we arrived too early for the mall to open, at least I thought. Shops weren’t open until 11. Though I finally found an entrance where people were entering to walk. It was way too hot to sit in the car. Panera was open and they have all that stuff you shouldn’t eat–that I shouldn’t eat. Cinnamon buns. 29 points! All my points would be shot in one sweet 620 calorie roll. They do have half sandwiches which are about 11 points, so that’s not too bad.
So see? I might not eat that much, but if I had done what I would have in the past, I would have had the cinnamon bun for breakfast, the Chicken Marsala for lunch, and the other half for dinner. And that would have totaled 50 for the chicken Marsala for the day, and 29 for the cinnamon bun, and if I’d had some dark chocolate to finish it off–104 points for the day. Now I could see why I wasn’t losing weight! I don’t eat much, no snacks all day, no chips, nothing, but what I was eating was higher in calories and in points.
I don’t want to change my diet completely, as in eating foods I don’t like just to lower my points, because I won’t last on it, but I can definitely watch what I eat of the stuff I do like. And the Tuscan Chicken was really good. What makes it easy is I can look up the foods I normally eat, or even restaurant food and decide how many points I’m willing to have.
I’ve been balking at doing this because I don’t “eat much,” but it wasn’t getting me anywhere. A lot of the reason was that my friend eats a lot of things I don’t like and so I just couldn’t see myself eating whole new menus of food that I can’t stand. So I’m working on varying my own eating habits now but still eating what I like–except for some of those really high point items. So I’m working on it now! And I’m feeling better and I hope to feel lots better soon!
Have a super wonderful day. I’ve got to get ready for little one! And need to feed the dogs and birds!