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Confession: This past weekend, I was bad. Really bad.
On Saturday, I had cake for breakfast, pizza for lunch, more cake, and then some delicious hors d' oeuvres for dinner -- not exactly diet food. But it was for a good cause: We were choosing the food for our wedding. (Well, except for the pizza. That was a bonus.)
I haven't eaten like that in months -- and I'm glad about that. Everything tasted great, but it was just too much.
Amazingly, when I got on the scale Tuesday morning, I had only gained half a pound -- maintaining my 20 pound weight loss.
Healthy eating has been a big part of my success. New York Health and Racquet Club nutritionist Alanna Cabrero has given me a ton of advice and monitored my progress, reviewing the food diary I'm keeping on MyFitnessPal.com (a great tool).
One of the things that's helped: Paying attention. I used to snack all day long and usually on unhealthy food. I was also an emotional eater, eating to make myself feel better, even if I wasn't really hungry -- especially sweets.
Luckily, I've been able to break some of those habits by keeping track of what I'm eating and when, and finding alternatives to the not-so-healthy (but yummy) things I was eating before. Here are a few of them.
Weekday Breakfast Before: 6-12 donut holes, about 70 calories each After: Small egg white wrap with turkey sausage or veggies, 150 calories Benefits: No more mid-morning sugar crash, protein for energy Other options: Nonfat plain yogurt with fresh fruit and chia seeds
Weekend Breakfast/Brunch Before: French toast with bacon or sausage and home fries After: Egg white western omelet (ham, onions, and peppers) with whole wheat toast Benefits: Leaner protein in the morning instead of lots of sugar and fat Other options: Fresh fruit, blended into a smoothie with skim milk and protein powder
Lunch Before: Either nothing (meaning I ate more snacks) or sandwiches loaded with meat and cheese After: Salads with grilled chicken, beans, peppers, other vegetables and minimal dressing Benefits: An actual meal in the middle of the day means I'm not starving in the middle of the afternoon Other options: Lentil soup with chia seeds added or sandwich wraps, mostly veggies
Dinner Before: Chicken enchiladas with rice and beans After: Chicken fajitas with beans, no rice, cheese or sour cream Benefits: Less fat and carbs Other options: Sauteed chicken with asparagus and couscous
Dessert Before: Ice cream After: Frozen fruit Benefits: No added sugar or fat Other options: Whole fruit ice pops (easy to make yourself)
Snacks Before: Cookies, chips, and candy After: Carrots and hummus Benefits: Replace sugar and fat with veggies and protein Other options: Almonds, pistachios and fruit
Some people let themselves have a "cheat meal" or "cheat day" once a week, but that won't work for me -- I'd have a hard time not cheating all the time! Instead, I'm trying to stick with eating right every day.
Not a lot changed this week, but it could have been worse!
Starting Stats (as of Jan. 29) Weight: 209.5 pounds Body Mass Index (BMI): 36 Chest: 48 inches Waist: 41 inches Hips: 48.5 inches
Current Stats (as of April 8) Weight: 189.5 (20 pounds) BMI: 32.4 (3.6 points -- creeping closer to the "overweight" range instead of "obese") Chest: 42.5 inches (5.5 inches) Waist: 38 inches (3 inches) Hips: 43 inches (5.5 inches)
Amanda Art is Metro’s social media manager. Over the next few months, track her weight loss progress as she readies for her May 3 wedding. Follow Amanda on Twitter at @NYNewsgirl.