Saturday, December 8, 2012

Musso Franks

This was probably not my best choice, but it was Saturday night and we were at Musso Franks! How could I not eat steak? The good news is that I only ate half so we definitely have enough left over to make into tacos for Tony tomorrow. On another note, Day 6 of the Beck Solution requires me to find a diet coach. It needs to be someone who I will be accountable to and who will give me encouragement when I am faltering. I've thought about who this person can be for awhile now. Most of my friends are too kind and let me off the hook too easily. I need someone who understands the "dieter" mentality but who also will have the strength to tell me when I am being too lenient with myself. I haven't decided yet.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lamb Chop and Endives

I'm not sure, but I think boiled endives are my absolute favorite vegetable! (Um....I take that back if avocados are considered a vegetable.) Tonight I am having a perfect meal. I have made salad, lamb chops and endives.
The meal is so good, I can't really describe it. Does it compete with Barone's pizza? Actually it does. (on some strange level) My husband doesn't eat lamb, but LOVES pasta. I used to succumb to his wishes and make spaghetti pretty often. Tonight, he made himself a delicious smelling pasta, and I made myself two small lamb chops. We shared the endives and salad. We were both happy, but I'm telling you, my dinner was spectacular. Eating healthy has never tasted this good. (I know, I think I've heard that before.) My only regret is that I didn't put it on a prettier plate.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 5 of Beck Diet Solution

Here I go again. My salads may be boring, but I am losing weight. Tonight I ate another salad. Day 5 of the Beck diet suggests eating slowly and mindfully. I already do. It's funny. I am a super slow eater, and my skinny sister is a super fast eater. Something there doesn't make sense. I savor every bite of my food. The thought of eating fast just doesn't enter into my head. Tonight I ate a small salad in the same amount of time that it took Tony to eat a salad, Sand Dabs,  potatoes, vegetables and bread.  Eating slowly may be good advice, but it is not earth shattering news to me.
I just finished another good "diet day".

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shrimp and Grits???

I am one of the luckiest people on the planet. I can say this for a million reasons but today I will just pick one. Today I was able to visit with my son, Ted. I went to see him in Carlsbad, CA where he lives.  It was great to see him and visit. We went to lunch, and I definitely got caught up in the moment since I seldom see him. We were looking over the menu, and there was a part of me that said, "celebrate, eat anything you want, you are with Ted, and you rarely see him." The other part said, "eat healthy, and remember you need to be accountable to your blog." I looked at the menu, and noticed that all of the salads were pretty highly caloric. I knew I could have asked to have the blue cheese or candied walnuts left off, but then I  would have been stuck with the same boring salad I make for myself almost daily. The waitress came to the table and recommended the shrimp special. She said that most people who come to the restaurant come for that dish. She strongly suggested it.
Two thoughts went through my head:
1) Shrimp is very low calorie.
2) I hate to hurt her feelings.
I ordered the special. Honestly, less than two seconds later I had buyer's remorse. I knew I had made a bad choice.  The shrimp special came with grits and a special sauce. I don't even like grits!Ted even felt bad for me because he didn't want to hurt her feelings either.  He offered to share his food. The good news is that I only ate a couple of shrimp. We took the rest of the food with us and hopefully his roommate likes shrimp. Learning lesson from this experience? The waiter or waitress only want you to be happy. Order the food that will make you happy in the morning.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Salad, yet again.

I'm very late in posting yesterday's entry. Let's see how many reasons I can come up with.
1) I couldn't bear to see Mom's picture not have top billing.
2) I ate another boring salad with grilled chicken for dinner.
3) I had nothing clever to say.
That's it, really. But, I have to tell you,  I was very happy when I got on the scale this morning. I am the lowest I have been in a long time. (No, don't expect a skinny person when you see me, just be happy that you haven't seen me in a while.) I have to admit, part of my success is eating boring meals. I know that salad with different veggies and a lean protein works for me. So, sometimes I will eat it over and over again. It doesn't make my blog very interesting, but it helps me lose weight.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


This is a picture of my mom and her Sunday afternoon lunch. She is 90 years old and still has quite an appetite. She has an appetite not only for food but for partying and going out. Thank goodness she had four kids. If she's not going out with one, she's going out with another. Two thoughts come to mind when I look at this picture. 1) My dad never had a chance. He was overweight and obviously his metabolism couldn't compete with Mom's. 2) I inherited Mom's appetite and Dad's metabolism. Bummer!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Six

I loved dinner tonight. I felt like I was cheating, because it was just so good. But, really? I ate almost all vegetables. Compare it to what I used to eat daily and there really is no comparison. I didn't eat any bread or anything fried. The only "non Virgin" thing that I ate was a little fresh Mozzarella. It was actually Burrata and so worth it. We went to dinner with a friend that I have known for over 30 years and her husband. It was the first time that I have been to the restaurant, The Six, in Studio City. I will definitely go back again. We started our meal by sharing small plates of cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. For my "entree" I ordered another small plate of beets.
Day 4 on the Beck diet suggests that you give yourself credit for any positive changes or tasks that you accomplish. Well, I am definitely happy with myself tonight. Sure, I would have loved to have eaten  the delicious looking hamburger that I saw the waitress delivering to another table. Or sharing a piece of one of the many small pizzas that they offered. (or eating my own) But, my mindset is slowly changing and I am still focusing on health. Today was an easy day to give myself "credit"! Good job, Patti!