Cleaning Out the Fridge

I’ve been meaning to post this since Sunday evening—that’s how crazy my week’s been. I didn’t even make it to my weigh-in on Sunday afternoon! I think I may have been up slightly—as is to be expected the week after a major loss, but I know I’ve already taken that little bit off and am about where I was at my last weigh in.

After last week’s giving in to every single craving I had last week (one guess why I was having cravings), I knew that with as busy as this week was shaping up to be, I would need to make sure I had all my ducks in a row when it came to pre-planning my meals and shopping carefully.

So here’s the menu I came up with. Something very important for me was making sure I planned for three meals each day. I’ve gotten in the bad habit of eating breakfast really late (meaning I’m not getting my metabolism fired up early) and then eating a HUGE dinner—meaning that there’s no way I was burning all of that off. The only way for me to eat less for supper was to make sure I was eating more during the day.
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The next step was to clean out the fridge. I don’t even want to tell you how nasty it was, especially up under the crisper drawers. Blech! I took out all of the shelves and drawers and cleaned it with food-safe disinfecting cleaner. Here’s the result:
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Yes, that’s a very empty fridge! But when I’m trying to keep only about a week’s worth of food in the house, that’s what it should look like before I do my weekly shop. (Plus, there’s more in the freezer.)

So I had my list and I had a clean fridge, and it was off to the grocery store. When I got home, here’s what the fridge looked like:
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And here’s the freezer:
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I’ve gotten to the point where pretty much the only vegetables I’ll buy are fresh or frozen. I have some canned stuff as backups or for those times when I don’t plan far enough in advance and need something quick.

I’ve stuck to the plan pretty closely this week so far—moving a couple evenings’ meals around based on time needs. The only parts where I’m falling down on the job are the mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. I just haven’t been hungry enough at those times to remember to eat them.

Activity hasn’t been easy to get in this week either—and my body is definitely complaining about sitting at the desk too long this week with back- and neck-aches.

We’ve started a new family weight-loss challenge, setting goals for what we’d like to accomplish between now and Christmas. I said I’d like to lose another 20 pounds, but really I’d like to be down to a size 20. And to that end, as soon as I have time, I’m going to go down to Cool Springs to C.J. Banks and get a pair of size 20 jeans, and perhaps a cute top or jacket, also in a size 20, as my goal outfit. I know most people would choose a dress or a suit or something, but since I spend almost all my time in jeans these days, that’s what’ll be the outfit I’ll actually want to wear in Baton Rouge at Christmas. I’ll have a lot of work to do to get down to that size (I’m still between a 22 and 24 right now), which means stepping up the exercise and no more weeks where I indulge every craving I have. Of course, I’m hoping to hear something soon that will allow me to financially be able to afford to rejoin the YMCA, which will allow me to work with one of their trainers to put together a workout program that’ll challenge me and get this weight off. After all, I only have nineteen months to take off about 90 more pounds to meet my goal of being at my goal weight by my fortieth birthday.

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About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator. www.kayedacus.com
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