Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Under 150

Yep, that number is my weight or rather it was my weight. 150 pounds I am no longer and what exciting news that is. At least for me. You see, last year I made it my goal to change my lifestyle and establish some good habits to keep me fit and in overall better health. I pay very close attention to what I eat now and I make sure I am "moving" 6 out of 7 days a week. I lost 25 pounds in the process and feel really, really good...mentally and physically. I feel good, not because I am down a few dress sizes, but because I changed my habits and not just my weight. I am proud of my success, but got held up at this 150 number for several months towards the end of 2010. And it is not a bad number for my height to be, but there was/is still a little room for improvement and that has been my goal for 2011...refining my habits and the process. Last week, it finally paid off when I stepped on the scale and saw 149. In celebration I thought I would share a few of the snacks I eat regularly that have really helped me achieve my goals.
Simple homemade trail mix
I make this simplified trail mix about every two weeks for my husband and myself. I have no clue what serving size he eats, but I eat no more than 1/2 a cup a day and really, I don't need to. This serving will hold me over for at least two hours and usually longer. To make it mix 1 lb. whole almonds, 1 lb. walnut pieces, 24 oz. raisins and half a normal bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a large bowl. That's it. The nuts are unsalted and supply the good fats and protein I need and the raisins and chocolate chips add that little bit of sweet I sometimes crave. This is a great afternoon snack when you need that extra Oomph to get you to dinner. No need for mini-candy bars and you could actually split the bag of chocolate into thirds for this mix. I kind of feel like they are everywhere.
Plain Yogurt Parfait
I really should have gotten a better pic, but I don't typically eat this out of a brandy glass. This is my new favorite, go-to eatsy treatsy. I realize this is not ice cream, but ohmygod this does the trick in the mornings. I eat this nearly everyday. Very simply I mix 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup plain yogurt the night before. This gives the blueberries time to thaw so they don't hurt your teeth! In the morning I add 1/4 cup of Grape Nuts cereal, mix and eat. Protein, fruit, whole grains, fiber and low fat...can't beat it.

Now, to be fair, I cheated on this one at first. The process is ongoing ya know? I used to despise plain yogurt, but I am trying to get away from foods with added sugar. Don't be afraid to use a vanilla yogurt instead though. It's better than eating a super sugary granola or candy bar. I figured that I could probably acquire the taste for plain yogurt if I just tried it long enough though. I did, too, after a month of adding a 1/4 teaspoon of cane sugar to this mix. I slowly backed off and can now eat it without any hesitation. I have found that the organic plain yogurts tend to taste better than non-organic, but Dannon has a whole plain yogurt that consists of just cultured milk and a has a sort of cream cheese taste to it that was very good. If you can't/don't do organic, then I would give that one a go.

In long-winded conclusion, let's see how long it takes me to get to 145. Swimsuit season is coming up.


  1. Awesome Job Octavia! I'm so happy for you!

  2. Way to go Octavia! Keep it up. Or should I say keep "it" down.
    Auntie I