It has been slow going, but I have lost a total of 26 pounds since returning from vacation in June. I'm feeling so much better. I have more energy and I am feeling more confident in myself.
I have to admit that I have fell off the wagon a few times, but I haven't given up. I have been doing my best in the past month. I wanted to get on track and get my head clear and straight before the holidays. I feel more confident than ever that I can reach my goal this time.
Well, I just wanted to give a little update on my progress, but I also wanted to share some tips I have come across to stay on track during the holidays.
Choose these snacks/appetizers at parties or holiday functions:
Cheese: A small serving (1 oz. or 5 small cubes) of full-fat cheese is loaded with protein. Choose full-flavor cheeses like Parmesan or Gouda, their sharp taste can help satisfy cravings quickly.
Festive Nuts: Toss 1 cups each of almonds, walnuts and pecans, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary, a pinch of red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 350 on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes.
Nuts are high in calories. To avoid overdoing it place a handful of nuts on your plate and snack on that throughout the evening instead of grabbing a handful every time you pass the bowl.
Dark Chocolate: New research finds that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate can boost your mood and calm your body's response to stress. Try a serving of one truffle or two squares of dark chocolate containing 70% or higher cocoa per day.
Shrimp: An appetizer of 9 medium shrimp can fill you up and only contains 50 calories. Shrimp contains omega-3 fats, which helps you stay fuller longer.