I’m having a rough time lately. I’m trying to lose a few pounds (er, eight) that I’ve put on since our wedding (four of which I gained in ONE WEEK on our honeymoon… which, even though it’s gross, I’m hilariously kind of proud of… is that weird?) — I just want to feel cute in my summer clothes and proud of my shape again, but I’m not doing such a good job of that. I’m pretty short — 5’3″ — so eight pounds makes a world of difference on me.
You may remember that I have been loosely following Weight Watchers for a little while, but it’s just not clicking this time like it did before the wedding. I constantly feel hungry when I’m working on 18 points a day, so then I go nuts and cheat WAY too much on the weekends and start from zero again on Monday. This week I have been forcing myself to exercise, which is definitely helping already, but I know that I still need to adopt some better eating habits to lose some weight and keep it off.
One of my biggest problems is that I’m a complete carboholic. I LOVE carbs. If it has “potato” in the name, chances are I’ll inhale it. If it has pasta in it, I want it. I also love cheese, and anything greasy. I don’t eat vegetables because I want to — I eat them because I know I have to (and I don’t eat them as much as I should).
My other problem, and definitely THE biggest one, is that I’m terribly picky. I don’t like tomatoes, cucumbers, raw onions, peppers, or mushrooms. I don’t experiment often with new foods (although I’m still much better than I used to be) and I tend to eat a lot of the same thing, so I get bored with my food really easily. This is what usually leads me to go a little nuts when I splurge.
I need to make a more concerted effort to add more variety to my meals while remaining healthy. I eat too many processed foods and then when I try to make up for that by eating a healthy salad, I just feel unsatisfied. This recipe that Lynn posted the other day looks appetizing to me, and she modified it from a Weight Watchers recipe, so it has to be somewhat healthy. I just have a hard time understanding what is healthy and what isn’t (I just think “carbs are bad” and “vegetables are good” but have never really grasped the in-between). I’m never quite sure of what’s “good” fat and what’s “bad” fat. I have never really fully understood what good sources of protein are and what foods are just loaded with bad stuff.
Help me out! What are your favorite somewhat healthy (and easy) recipes that a picky eater like myself might enjoy? What are your go-to snacks when you’re craving something hearty and filling that won’t ruin my diet?