October 31, 2011 3 Comments
I know most of us are hungover, I bet the girl to the right of you can’t get those fake tats of her arms from her Amy Whinehouse costume from Saturday. You probably have white makeup under your chin you missed while cleaning your face from your black swan costume. I bet you still have glitter on your boobs and I bet you ate mac and cheese or pizza at least once during the snow that hit us too abruptly on Saturday. Take a deep breath, eat something banging for lunch and enjoy the fun sized candy bars HR put out today because after today I’m going to hold your hand through the next three weeks while we attempt to lose the weight we don’t want to gain on top of what your workin’ with right now during the holidays.
It just has to be done, because during Thanksgiving, I have no self discipline, then it’s all downhill after that until New Years.
So here is how we are going to do it, if you chose to do it with me, even if it’s just a modified version.
(Also I am reading Bridget Jones’s Diary if you could not tell.)
We have to do it.
I’m not talking sign up for a half marathon, or anything nutso, but I pledge to work out at least three times a week for the next 3 weeks. Make a schedule every Sunday of when you want to do it and what time.
This week I am doing Tues, Wed., Thurs. after work, no if ands or buts. If you see me on the street, ask me if I went, if I say no, you can punch me in the face.
Also, I will walk at least 10 city blocks a day. That means I have to walk to the further subway stop at least once a day or walk down to the gym or walk to TJ Maxx at lunch and back.
This counts on the weekend as well. 10 blocks every day until Black Friday, Thanksgiving day included.
I pledge to not eat carbs past 2 PM at least 5 days a week.
By carbs I mean nothing white– no white flour, white sugar– you know the drill: potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, crackers, cookies, pretzels, none of that past 2 PM for at least 5 days a week for the next couple of weeks.
I’m not crazy, I know that you want to go out to dinner a couple times a week or maybe someone brought red velvet cake for your co-workers bday and that is your absolute weakness, I get it, we are human, but this little holidays diet is all about the choices, hunny and if you choose to eat that cake today, and you have a dinner party on Thursday, your weekend is going to be seriously hindered.
You can opt for some great low carb dinner ideas like these:
Spinach and Mushroom Frittata (you can use this recipe with pretty much any cheese or veggies)
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed thoroughly to remove liquid
- 4 eggs or egg whites
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup chopped portobello mushrooms
- 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions with some green tops
- crumbled goat cheese
- 1 pinch Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well mixed. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and fill with the spinach mixture and crumble goat cheese on top
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until browned and set, cut in wedges and serve.
How to cook spaghetti squash:
Cut it in half (lengthwise) or quarters. You don’t want to cut it up too small unless you want short strands. Scrape out the seeds and pulp as you would with any squash or pumpkin.
Bake rind side up with a little olive oil salt and pepper about 30 to 40 minutes at 375 F.
Other options I do: asparagus with an fried egg over it, hamburger over a bed of chopped lettuce, pickles, onions and tomatoes with thousand island dressing, chicken parm without the bread crumbs or pasta, jut baked chicken, parm, moz and sauce, buf chix salad with grilled chicken in hot sauce over lettuce, onions, tomatoes.
Also, times like this bacon is your best friend, just as long as you only eat 3 slices and it’s the low sodium kind.
Could be worse.
The diet works because you can still eat oatmeal, toast for breakfast and then a sandwich or roll with your salad at lunch and fruit. You aren’t completely depriving yourself.