Sorry for the break between posts.  Over on the Claxton Creative side of my life, things have been rolling.

Over the past two months I’ve been on a downward trend in weight loss.  Today marked three weeks since the last time I was in to see Carol Ireton-Jones of Professional Nutrition Therapists to talk about me, and to talk about their Website.

Bad News

Well, the downward trend stopped today.  I gained almost four pounds in the last three weeks.  Crap.

I think I can attribute that to a couple of things: Being on the road and traveling and eating at restaurants too much.  Though when I’ve been out eating on the road, I’ve tried to behave.

I’ve found myself eating later dinners, and well within the two hours before I go to bed realm.  (A no no.)

And when I haven’t been sitting in the car driving to and or from Alabama to Dallas, I’ve been at a desk or table working on something for my client, Digheon Healthcare, Inc.

Now that it’s hot outside, I have no desire to take a 10-minute break in the middle of the day and walk around the apartment complex.  It’s 96 degrees outside right now, plus there are bad air warnings, etc.

Before leaving today, Carol asked me what I’m going to do differently over the next two weeks.

Change of Plans

1)  A few weeks ago at The Dollar Tree, I bought some pills that are said to help burn fat and bring about weight loss.  Now that I’m up four lbs, those are going in the trash.

2) My friend, John Taylor, who I admire for taking some pretty significant steps to begin fighting his own weight battle, noted that the diagnosis for me includes, “More green beans.”  While in Alabama the past three trips, in staying at his parents’ house, Karen Taylor has been serving up some great and delicious green beans, which from Weight Watchers‘ days, you can “eat as many of them as you want and it doesn’t count.”  Except that Carol wisely pointed out today that each serving is about 50 to 60 calories, so if I’m on an 1,800-calorie a day mission, three, four, five servings of green beans are between 250 and 300 calories all unto themselves.  Throw in a few bread crumbs, a nice healthy piece of meat, and pretty soon, I’m at 1,800 and didn’t even realize it.

But John is right.  Green beans are definitely in my forecast.

Karen has a great recipe, too.  You get a couple big cans of Allens Italian Cut Green Beans and wash them off, put in a pot, cover with water and let them cook a couple hours trying to drain as much water as possible.  When they’re done, a purely subjective point, you add a tablespoon of Canola Oil (Go Omega 3s) and salt and pepper to taste, and watch it on the salt.

3) I’ve got to find a way to get some exercise in.  Unfortunately, after returning from my first trip to Alabama, I discovered that the Wii died.  No EA Sports Active right now, and that’s aggravating.

4) I’ve got to stop the later in the day meals.

5) I’ve been trying to keep my protein levels up so that I can keep a balanced blood sugar level.  I must keep doing that, but while I’ve been snacking on honey roasted peanuts (high in sodium) they have been helping with the blood sugar.  Only problem is, like with green beans, 1/4th a cup is 170 calories, so five or six of those a day in between meals and I’ve added almost 1,000 calories right there because let’s face it, you can’t just eat one handful.  (Hang on, I need to go get a second handful…..) Okay, gotta stop that.

6)  I’ve pretty much eliminated sweet tea from my diet.  It needs to stay gone.  And I don’t drink alcohol and it’s been 10 years and two months now since I had my last Coke, Pepsi or carbonated beverage.

7) Carol gave me a list of practical diet points and suggestions today.  Funny, there was no mention of a biscuit from Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. or the breakfast I had this morning at Cracker Barrel with Ron Rose with two eggs, hashbrown casserole and a biscuit or two.  Okay, two.  Only one had gravy.

But on the list were things like Cheerios for breakfast, and I asked and got approval for Steel Cut Oatmeal.  (You can watch me and the girls making it here.) Lunch I can have a whole 3 oz of some sort of lean meat, which seems like almost wishing you were going to have some meat.  I probably could eat 3 oz in a bite.  And then healthy snacks along the way through out the day to keep my blood sugar happy.  PNT is coming with a recommended list of suggested healthy meals that are practical.  I’ll let you know when they’re available over on their site.

8 ) If you remember the Violent Femmes, “I forget what eight was for!”

9) Carol said if I’m going to have a salad, some how I’m supposed to eat it with about a tablespoon of a very lite dressing.  I told her that’s not even enough to get the salad wet.  To which she said, if it’s just plain ole lettuce, I might as well not bother.  I should be getting something with lots of Romaine in it because Iceburg Lettuce isn’t going to help.

10) I’ve got to keep trudging along and not get discouraged by the uptick.

What are somethings you might recommend?

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