Weight Loss Journey Update – 9/5/2022

I am happy to report that I have officially lost over 10 pounds since April – and it is staying off.  Every day is a new day and I invested in being more mindful not just with what I am eating, but also for my mental sake by subscribing to an app called ‘I Am’.  This, along with a couple books I have read, has been helping me tremendously.

Tomorrow I start the program ‘4 Weeks for Every Body’.  It’s 30 minutes a day, so I’m pretty excited to do this workout program and see if that can help kickstart the loss of the next 10 pounds.

This time last year, I was averaging a little over 172 pounds.  As of last week, I averaged 161 pounds!

Total inches lost so far:  23.21″

  • Do I still have a burger with the full bun every now and then?  I sure do.  
  • Do I still have a craving for sweets every so often?  I sure do and I enjoy the few cadbury eggs that are stashed away.  
  • Do I still eat the foods that I love?  I sure do – most of the time it is modified though!
  • Do I still enjoy adult beverages?  You bet I do!

Ever since I finished the Harley Pasternak program, I have been slacking with a workout program.

Here are some pictures of the meals I’ve been having… my latest one I’ve really been enjoying is a grilled cheese sandwich with a tomato and horseradish sauce mixed with light mayo.  I use the Dave’s Killer bread, whether it be the white bread done right or the multi grain… then the tomato is fresh from our garden.

This is smoked chicken, corn from the garden and a buffalo quinoa cauliflower casserole with a dollop of homemade yogurt ranch dressing on top.


Whole wheat pita bread with homemade pasta sauce, ground chicken, shredded cheddar cheese and pepperoni.

Homemade chicken alfredo with Banza rigatoni pasta and a salad.

Blueberry French toast bake with strawberries and kiwi.

A few things I’m still keeping an eye out on:

  • Amount of sugar in a serving – if it’s more than 4g, I am being cautious
  • Amount of protein in a serving – I’m aiming for at least 20g of protein per serving each meal
  • Amount of fiber in a serving – I’m doing my best to aim for 20g of fiber each day, but that sure can be difficult!
  • If I have a sweet tooth craving, I turn on the keurig and add creamer to my cup of coffee

**I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer by any means and my results can very much vary from anyone else’s.  Please keep that in mind and feel free to share this blog with friends!  

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