My weight has fluctuated like crazy pretty much ever since I graduated college. Most recently I lost 22lbs this summer but then gained back even more back over this past winter (ugh). I think at this point in my life I've lost over 100lbs if you tallied it all up but then I've gained even more haha. I'm not going crazy with rules this time, I'm gonna take it one day at a time and if I need to eat a slice of bread, whatever, I'm going to just do the best I can and not over analyze it. I think sometimes when i start a diet I overplan and it becomes too burdensome to keep up with; it works in the short term but I lose interest after a few months. This time I'm just gonna try and make it work into my schedule while still realizing that everyday might not be perfect and that's okay. I'm hoping I'll have more long term success with this approach!
I also wanted to show you how I'm organizing my meals and fitting this new way of eating into my freezer meal system. First off, I buy lots of vegetables each week and then wash and store them in tupperware in the fridge. This means they are easy access, it's one of the first things I see when I open the fridge door so I remember to eat them! It's also quick, just reach in and grab a handful of lettuce. done. Plus I've noticed greens stay much fresher stored this way instead of in bags that are half opened and shoved into the crisper drawer ;). Here's a view of my fridge. I have tupperware for spinach, salad greens, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and celery.
Since this is Atkins I'm also eating a lot of cheese! I tried to add some variety so i don't get too sick of it (too late, I'm sick of cheese already lol)
So usually I'll make Robb and I salads for lunch and I'll pack some cheese, avocado, celery, etc for snacks. For breakfast we've started doing Atkins shakes because theyre convenient but I did make a giant batch of eggs once that worked out really nice. Just one dozen eggs, one block of frozen spinach, 1/4C parmesan cheese, 1/4C milk, 1 chopped pepper, 5 slices bacon; scrambled all together and then put into 5 tupperware containers. We would just grab a tupperware and heat it up when we got to work for breakfast. I might do this again next week because we'll probably be sick of the shakes :)
So how does all this no carb and high fat work with my freezer cooking? Pretty nicely actually! Aside from the casseroles and lasagna most of the meals I freeze are mostly low carb. So far we've had BBQ chicken, smothered pork chops, chili, chicken stir fry, and a variety of other freezer meals-- I certainly will not let any of those meals go to waste! The casseroles I'll start eating in a month or so, once we've kind of gotten into the no-carb groove it will be easier to start adding some carbs back in. The casseroles are usually made with whole grain brown rice and other healthy ingredients anyways so shouldn't be that big of a deal.
Do you have any weight loss goals this year? Have you ever done Atkins too? Tell me about it!