Sunday, June 29, 2014

Good Morning!

The really good thing about writing again, is that I am forced to continue my weight loss journey even after a failed effort like I experienced yesterday. Instead of spending the next few days feeling like a failure and eating everything in sight, I hopped right back on the horse again and tried to make good eating decisions. As I've said before, breakfast is key to having a good day. This morning I made a delicious plate of eggs and am drinking tons of water. I should add, I chose eggs over an offer by my husband to buy In and Out burgers. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Perfect Storm

Saturday night......................
  •  The end of a week of being very health and diet conscious.
  • The night that is saved as the big "date night" for my husband and me.
  •  And the night we decided to take my mom out for dinner to Lucy's El Adobe.

Am I really surprised I couldn't get the food down fast enough?
An entire week of dieting went down the drain in one night. I ate chips, guacamole and barbecue tacos. 

I deserve to be fat.

Friday, June 27, 2014

I guess I'm nuts

You are what you eat. I have been trying so hard all week to eat right. I've passed up home made quesadillas at work, and eaten low fat cottage cheese and peaches instead. I eat a good healthy breakfast and plenty of water all day. I have been trying most nights to eat a large salad with a side of protein. So, what was my problem tonight? I overindulged on almonds. I came home from work after a stop at California Chicken Cafe to pick up dinner. They make a good green salad with chopped chicken breast. Rather than eating right away, I relaxed with a good book, and Tony went out to his music room. Since I was quite hungry, I decided to snack on a handful of healthy almonds. Again, and again and again. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Greek Yogurt

I have been very careful today with my eating choices. I started out with hard boiled eggs. A couple of hours later I ate 10 raw almonds. For lunch, I made a green salad. I was still hungry, but I suffered through it and drank lots of water and herbal tea. At about 4 in the afternoon, I became very hungry and looked in the fridge for inspiration. I was excited to find a snack I honestly love to eat. I put a teaspoon of raw honey in a container of Wallaby's yogurt. It sounds terribly boring, but I actually enjoy the taste, and it kept me full until dinner. I had my usual green salad with salmon and am actually quite content. I may still eat a nectarine for desert, but to be honest, I'm no longer hungry.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Today was an unusual day for me.  I became a part of the "ladies who lunch" crowd. Anyone who knows me well, knows I don't like going out to lunch. I'm not sure why. I think part of the reason is because I love eating dinner with my husband so much, that I'm scared I may spoil my appetite. (I know, I'm trying to lose weight, yet I'm scared I won't be hungry.)  Hmmmm. Wonder why I'm overweight! So I went to lunch in Santa Monica with two long time friends. We had so much fun catching up that food was definitely not the center of attention. We went to a great restaurant called Fig. We all ordered the fish tacos, which were appetizer size, but delicious. (Corn tortilla, not fried) I declined dessert, but then the three of us decided to share a fruit plate. It was a perfect lunch, and yes, I was still hungry for dinner. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I have discovered a new taste treat that is good for me. How this drink has been around for over 2,000 years, and I had never heard of it is beyond me. My friend, Dina, a coworker, introduced me to this effervescent tea and promised me miraculous results. She said I will feel healthier, have more energy, and feel less likely to overindulge in my eating. It is naturally fermented and is  probiotic. It's a delicious carbonated tea that produces vitamins, antioxidants, and  healthy enzymes. At just 35 calories a serving, I think I may have found a perfect elixir to good health! Cheers!

Monday, June 23, 2014

You Can't beat beets!

I went to Whole Foods after work to pick up an easy and diet friendly dinner. I was pretty hungry and everything looked good. (Except the tofu) Tony wanted me to pick him up a sandwich and a bag of chips. I find it quite embarrassing to have potato chips in my basket at Whole Foods. Despite my discomfort,  I did as I was told, determined to find something healthy and nutritious for me. I decided I couldn't go wrong with the beets. They are ascetically pleasing on my plate and delicious as well. I am making a big green salad to go with it. Monday night down........the rest of the week to go!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Never on Sunday?

Sunday is not the day to start a diet. But, truth be told, I didn't do too bad. I am positive the key to doing well on a weight loss plan is starting with a good breakfast. Thank goodness I had delicious sweet cantaloupe in my refrigerator. It was very easy to start the day right! I may not have been perfect throughout the day, but I was better than I would have been had I not started with a healthy breakfast of fruit and eggs. I am excited to start the week off with a new resolve to lose weight and get healthier!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Good Wife

Greetings from Patti's Plate!

It appears it is impossible for me to lose weight unless I have an audience watching every bite I eat. It takes a lot of energy to write every day. I haven't written in well over a year. During this time, I have regained most of my weight, and I have been reluctant to spend much time in my kitchen. I seldom plan my meals, and usually decide on "take out" about 5 or 6 at night.
The transition of feeding a family of five to cooking for two is strange. You'd think it would be easier, but for me, it's not. It seems silly to buy a bunch of groceries, when food will only be consumed by two people. I could be satisfied making a salad every night, but my husband isn't as easily pleased. It doesn't seem fair that just because he doesn't have a weight problem he should have to suffer. So, I usually take dinner as an opportunity to share something that is probably not the best choice for me. My version of  "The Good Wife."

Today is the first day of summer. Let's see if I can make the summer a light and healthier one for me.