Monday, April 19, 2010

What's for Dinner and Diet Update

Today we had Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner - one of my favourite comfort foods. My serving was VERY satisfying - yet diet friendly. If you look a little closer, you can see that I substituted spaghetti squash for spaghetti noodles.

My verdict - a total success! In the first bite, you notice the difference - the squash is slightly watery and sweet. But after a while, all you really notice is the yummy sauce and cheese. I was able to eat to my heart's content - without the guilt! Also - the squash is really filling. If I had been eating a plate of pasta, I would have been able to finish the serving pictured above. But as it turns out - I could only eat 2/3rds of my plate before I felt full. If you're interested in making spaghetti squash - learn how to here. I never noticed it before, but it was easy to find at my grocery store.

Two weeks ago I wrote about the dietary changes I was making in this post. In that time period, I went from 113 lbs to 108.5 lbs. I'm really pleased about this, as I've been trying to get rid of this baby weight for nearly 3 years now. I've never followed a "diet" before in my life - and I'm excited to see positive results. I had committed to this for 2 weeks, after which I said I'd re-evaluate. Well - so far so good, so I think I'm going to continue this until I reach my goal weight of 106 lbs. After that, I will switch into maintenance mode. I don't want to lose any more weight than that, as it won't be healthy. Also - after a certain age, weight loss shows up on your face - and I'd rather have a couple of extra pounds than a gaunt face! On the whole - I've found this dietary change VERY easy to maintain - I don't feel deprived or hungry at all. The only thing I miss is my after-dinner cup of tea (Orange Pekoe tea with 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp condensed milk - mmm so good!). I've replaced it with decaf Earl Grey Tea with 1 tsp brown sugar...but after I hit my goal weight, I'm going to let myself indulge in my milky tea once in a while - it's too good to give up forever!

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