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Hi all,  I'm being very good and seeing some results already.  Remember, with weight loss you really don't want to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week.  It's healthier for your heart, you are more apt to keep the weight off and you won't be so starved that you fail.   What is my daily fare?

Breakfast (a must for any successful losing plan):  I like to mix ½ C of All Bran w/ a ¼ C of kasha.  I add about ½ C soy milk and a portion of fruit.  I also like to use those 110 calorie low carb bagels with 2 tsp of peanut butter or a serving of 9 grain hot cereal as well.  All keep me satisfied for my morning of writing and power walking

Lunch:  I usually make my spinach salad that I've given my recipe for here on earlier columns.  Now though-I up the spinach and mushrooms, watch the size of the tomato and I weigh the feta to 1 oz.  I also have cut back on the cranberries to a mere 2 tsps.  I use Ken's non-fat raspberry vinaigrette.

Snack:  Here's my splurge,  I like to freeze my portion of grapes. I usually put in a ½ C in the morning.  This changes the texture, they take longer to eat and it's rather like eating little "bombs" of grape sorbet.  Either that or I slice up an apple or pear so that it takes me longer to eat that.

Dinner:  I've mentioned that I am not a fan of red meat, but I do enjoy fish, chicken and lean cuts of pork.  For the time being, chicken and turkey sausages will be hereby put aside until I'm back into my size 2 pants (no one snicker, size 4 on a short person isn't a blessing and I still deserve some sympathy).  I usually measure out 4 ounces of whatever protein I'm making.

Grilling is our households preferred way to cook.  For vegetables, I usually spray them with some olive oil and toss with garlic and kosher salt and roast them for 20-30 minutes.  This makes them yummy and practically fat free.  Montreal steak seasoning is also a good choice if you want to spice things up.  I like to add some cumin to this mix!  For the starchy side dish I weigh out a 4 oz potato and bake it or roast them with the veggies.  We also love quinoa, brown rice, barley and whole wheat pasta.  Just keep those servings to a ½ C.

I'm cutting out desserts for the most part for the time being.  My realistic goal:  to lose 5-6 pounds by the time we get on the plane on March 13th.



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