We’re just around the corner from the 1st of the month and you know what that means…a new Cottage of the Month to look forward to! It is purely delightful, I’m sure you’ll agree.
I’ve received nothing but love and support from you guys in my continuing weight loss journey, for which I am very grateful. I have also received a good measure of questions from you guys, many of the same questions actually. Everything from “What do you actually eat every day?” to “What the heck do you do with the apple cider vinegar?” I’m hoping this post will round up all your questions and curiosities.
Let’s begin with some of your Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How many calories do you consume per day?
A: Because there are many varying factors in determining one’s caloric intake for weight loss, such as age, height, current weight, goal weight, activity level, etc, I advise you to calculate this on your own to find out what suits you best. There are some great sites out there, such as this site, and also this site I’ve found helpful too.
Q: What do you do with the apple cider vinegar, how much do you use, and how do you consume it?
A: ACV (apple cider vinegar) is some pretty
nasty tasting strong stuff. I highly recommend taking it with something instead of drinking it straight. The recommended amount is 1 Tbsp, 3 times per day. I like to have it before each meal. I simply have a glass of cold water and mix in one tablespoon of ACV and one tablespoon of honey. Works for me. I’ve heard it can also be used as a salad dressing (I haven’t tried this personally) or it can be mixed into a glass of juice, which is how my mom prefers to have it.
Q: Do you lift weights?
A: Yes! I lift weights three to four times per week and I use 3 – 5 – and 10 lb weights. I want to tone, not bulk, so I do light weights with many repetitions. In the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD, hand weights are required. And I also do machine-type weights at the gym I belong to. Same thing applies there too - light weights, numerous repetitions.
Q: Before and after pics?
A: As you may have read before, I’m waiting to reach my goal weight before I step in front of a camera. Truth is, when you’re feeling heavy, the last thing you want is photographic evidence, or reminders!
Q: Have you thought about starting a weight loss blog?
My Food Diary:
I received tons of inquiries from folks about what I eat on a daily basis. Since I keep a daily food journal of everything I eat (which I highly recommend to anyone serious about losing weight) I pulled out three random days from my journal. Please keep in mind, in addition to my daily meals, I drink large quantities of water and tea, and also enjoy organic 70% dark chocolate (2 tiny postage stamp squares) every day. I have a major sweet tooth and this really helps cut my sugar cravings.
Breakfast: organic hot oatmeal w/ 2 Tbs ground flax seeds, 2 pcs turkey bacon (nitrate-free)
Snack: seedless cucumbers and peeled baby carrots
Lunch: 5 oz canned tuna in olive oil, spinach salad w/ low-fat shredded cheese, baco’s and balsamic vinaigrette
Snack: 2 Tbs hummus and 4 crackers
Dinner: 7 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast w/ 1/4 c. mustard for dipping, 2 c. steamed asparagus
Breakfast: 1/2 c. egg beaters, low-fat shredded cheese, 2 pcs turkey bacon (nitrate free), whole wheat english muffin
Snack: 1 light laughing cow cheese wedge, 4 crackers, handful of strawberries
Lunch: huge spinach salad w/ shredded carrots, 1 Tbs raw pumpkin seeds, balsamic vinaigrette
Snack: cooked/peeled beets w/ 1 oz soft goat cheese
Dinner: 8 oz pan cooked cod, 2 c. steamed broccoli
Breakfast: 1/2 c. scrambled eggs (egg beaters), 1 whole grain waffle w/ light drizzle of honey
Snack: 1/2 c. legumes, 1/4 c. chopped avocado, 1 c. cherry tomatoes
Lunch: turkey wrap (turkey breast, lettuce & tomato, whole wheat tortilla, 2 tsp light mayo, 1 Tbs low-fat shredded cheese)
Snack: 1 Tbs raw pumpkin seeds, 1 pear
Dinner: 7 oz grilled chicken cooked in 1 Tbs olive oil, 2 c. red peppers
Hey, may I get your opinions? I have something I’d like to ask YOU!
What is your favorite kind of sweetener?
I’ve been a long time Splenda user, but I have been wanting to get off that stuff and find something more natural, non-artificial. I tried using agave nectar for several weeks. That was before I started reading some pretty scary things about it and what it does to your body. Not good. I’ve also tried Stevia but didn’t find it too palatable. Then there’s honey, but I’m afraid of all that sugar, and sugar is on my no-no list. For example, I drink hot tea every morning and I HAVE to have it sweet. Do you have any tried and true sweetener recommendations that are natural, non-artificial?