Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 20 - I can't believe it's already Friday

It's been a big week for me, so I haven't been posting as much as I would have liked. We are moving to China, and on Tuesday my husband Charlie and the dog (Sisi) left for England (where he's from - the husband that is, not the dog who is pure American, from Middletown Humane Society). The dog will live with a friend of Charlie's mother for the year we are in Beijing. Then, yesterday, I drove my Dad to Newark Airport, after a 10 day visit. He is 84, and I managed to make sure he got into the fast lane at the security check at the airport. I can't believe that they make everyone stand in line that long, if I hadn't made a fuss, he would have been standing there for 30 minutes. Afterwards, I got home and just collapsed into bed. I woke up at 6am with my contact lenses in and all my clothes still on.
I'll be leaving myself -- with the kids -- in about week, probably on the 3rd of February - it's weird to think that next time I see Charlie it will be at Beijing airport...

The good news is that I've been keeping up the diet, and my notes of my weight and eating in my small pink notebook. Also, before he left, Charlie said how thin my stomach was feeling. I asked if that was good, and he said yes. Wow, might I even fit into the clothes I wore having before having children in the near future? That would be very exciting.

So, going backwards:

Day 20 (today): I weigh exactly 157 lbs (starting weight: 166 lbs, target weight: 155 lbs).
Breakfast: Coffee
Lunch: Cottage cheese and tomatoes, cheddar cheese
Dinner: Moussaka (made with coconut flour at your recommendation!). Snacks: Paleo Apple Pancakes (recipe from -- again thanks to rec made by one of you -- made with coconut flour and flax seeds), Eggs with sardines.
The kids heard I was making pancakes, and got very excited. They are normally very fussy eaters, so I said they wouldn't like these particular type of pancakes. But they did!

Day 19 (yesterday): 157.8 lbs
Breakfast: Coffee, sausages and eggs
Lunch: Onion soup, Cheese
Dinner: Zzzzzzzzzz

Day 18: 157.6 lbs
Breakfast: Coffee
Lunch: Spinach omelette
Dinner: Steak, avocado bacon salad (made with spinach)
Snack: Dutch licorice. I know, I know, it's got sugar in it, but my Dad brought it from Holland and I could not resist. I think only Dutch people love licorice, but those of us who do love it, it's v hard to resist.

Day 17: Forgot to weigh myself
Breakfast: Coffee
Lunch: Vegetable soup, salad with mozzarella
Dinner: Eggplant Parmegiano, Greek Salad, Calamari. DILEMMA: I got these from a local Italian restaurant along with the takeaway pizza for my Dad and the kids. When I got home and opened the packet, I realized they probably did contain flour, but I ate them anyway. Not particularly because I found them irresistible, more because I thought, I can't be too fanatical about this diet. I do my best, but throwing food away because I made a mistake would just be too radical.

Snacks: Bittersweet chocolate, licorice


  1. Was wondering where you had gone to. Glad to see you kept on track. Love Dutch licorice too. If your target weight is 155, you'll probably need to aim for 152 or so, because if you go back to carbs, you'll get a few lbs of water back too. Good luck in China!

  2. The Icelandic people love their licorice as well, put it in chocolate for some reason too.. But it's mainly sweet licorice. If you want salt licorice, welcome to Sweden (probably Finland too, but I'm being nationalistic here). Licorice is our thing.