Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 7 - no philosophizing today...just the stats

Morning weigh-in
Me: 161.2 lbs (starting: 166.4 lbs)
Charlie: 204 lbs (starting: 205.6 lbs) "This seems like a lot of hard work to lose so little"
Maria: 184 lbs (starting: 182.2 lbs)

Meals these past 24 hours:

Dinner yesterday:
Snack: pistachio nuts, cottage cheese
Starter: Mozzarella, tomato and basil salad, with a side of prosciutto and artichoke hearts
(Charlie's response: "Looks like we're in the middle of summer.")
Main course (both Nigel Slater recipes):
Herbed salmon with garlic cream sauce
Green beans with sesame seeds cooked in soy sauce and Japanese wine

Lunch today (both old family favorites):
Crispy lettuce leaves with melted goats cheese
Zucchini filled with parmesan and eggs beaten together, baked.

Run up the hill next to our house. It's so cold today, it almost hurt to breathe...and it's snowing!


  1. Hi Sophie:

    Congrats to your husband on his weight loss! A normal healthy loss is 1-2 pounds a week, so your husband is doing great, and his loss is exactly what anyone could expect.

    Major lifestyle changes are hard work, so his comment is totally valid - it's tough to lose weight. But he's sticking it out and it's working for him!

    If you really wanted to lose a little faster, it could easily be done with a few menu tweaks in a stricter direction. But if you're ready for that, then it seems like you're basically in a good place for the beginning of the second week!

    Best wishes to you all.

  2. Would love to see the recipe for the lettuce leaves and zucchini... if you feel like sharing...

    Congrats on your results!

    1. I'm incredibly flattered that you want my recipes!
      For the zucchini:
      Mix up one or two eggs with parmesan cheese, then cut the zucchini down the middle lengthways and dig out the seeds, so you have these two canoe shaped objects, which you can fill with the egg and cheese mixture. Then bake them in the oven for 25 minutes or so, I guess at 350 degrees (I always put everything in at 350 degrees). When it's done, it goes a little bit brown and the zucchini should be cooked.

      For the other one, it's just some crunchy lettuce leaves that I laid out on a plate. I already had a nice goats cheese (with a rind, not just one of the plain white ones). I melted it for a few seconds in a bowl in the microwave and then spooned it over the lettuce leaves. It was really good actually!

    2. Thanks! We're just starting out on the diet too (because of your review, actually!) and are deathly bored of burgers and eggs. That zucchini sounds dead easy and delightful! Thanks.

  3. If you're willing to be a little OCD, you can start recording the grams of carbs per day. I maintained under 30g carbs per day for four months, except on Saturdays when I gorged a la Tim Ferriss. Compared to my initial run, you're still eating tons of carbs: cottage cheese, zucchini, etc. I avoided all fruits and roots (including "vegetable" fruits) except on Saturdays. The Saturday "cheat day" helped me a lot because I could fulfill my cravings once per week. Six days out of seven of being super strict was enough for me to lose 10 lbs per month, despite pigging out on carbs on the Sabbath. It also was enough to help me transition: my cheat days are now gluten and potato free.

    Also, this diet is much easier in general if you enjoy cooking. I plan meals for the week and create my own dishes more often than follow recipes. Yesterday I made a seafood chowder and salad with flank steak. Today I made a mock- rissoto out of cauliflower served under rainbow trout and asparagus with a lemon butter sauce. I've got pork ribs, slaw, and jicama fries planned for Sunday, and a Greek salad with gyro meat on Monday. Make cooking a hobby. Gardening and composting will soon follow.

  4. P.S. It started as a diet, but has become an enjoyable life-long lifestyle shift. No regrets. The last time I cheated with a pizza delivery put my stomach in knots. I am happier eating whole foods, and exercise is desired rather than obligatory. I feel that I am now living more freely. Before, I was dying more quickly, sacrificing energy and awareness for an opiate-like carb addiction.