My Stone Smashing and Cholesterol Improving Diet

I have 2 great bits of news to share with you today:

1.  Tuesday is weigh day and I lost 2 more pounds which means I have lost one stone this year already.  In three weeks, I have lost 1 stone and 1 pound.  There is now 15 pounds less of me than there was three weeks ago.  Yeehah!

2. I wanted to have some health checks so I visited a Doctor today who carried out various tests.  One result I was delighted about was my cholesterol.  I have, surprisingly/luckily, for someone as overweight as I am, never had a problem with my cholesterol.  I do NOT have any underlying conditions that may make the numbers go in the wrong direction.  For that I am very grateful.  However, the numbers in the past could be improved.  Today, the Doctor I saw said he could not remember seeing such good cholesterol results.  My total cholesterol number was lower than the lowest number in the healthy range and the HDL (the cholesterol we want to be high) was higher then the upper limit in the healthy range.

I asked the Doctor if cholesterol values can be changed in a short period of time i.e. could the ultra healthy diet I have been following for 3 weeks, plus the additional exercise, be contributing or was that too soon to make a difference?  He was sure that 3 weeks would have been enough time to improve my results.  I was so pleased and more motivated than ever to continue with my way of eating and to maintain as a minimum (but try to increase) my current exercise rates.

Having said that I didn’t manage any exercise today as I am still looking after a poorly boy.  But the eating was good.  Breakfast was a fruit salad which is not enough for my new regime but it was what I was given at the Doctors as I had to fast before my visit.  They give people fruit salad and a yogurt afterwards but I declined the yogurt – dairy and sugar.

Lunch was quick and easy as I was catching up on work.  Stir fried rice (60 g cooked rice) with nearly 3 eggs, onions, garlic, lots of spinach and Cholula hot sauce.  Cholula hot sauce has negligible calories in 1 tsp i.e. zero which is good news 🙂

400 caloriesbreakfast 21-1-14 Supper was a very easy to prepare baked potato with salmon and tenderstem broccoli.  Instead of the butter I would usually smother the potato in, I mashed half with 1 tbsp coconut butter and half with half an avocado.  I had a small half of one fillet of Wild Alaskan salmon.  This was much less salmon than I would usually eat but there were unexpectedly 3 for supper, I only had 2 fillets and to be honest, this was plenty.

582 caloriesbaked potato, salmonI have looked at my weekly assessment on my calorie counting app.  I set my daily calorie limit at 1,200.  I went over that on 3 days but was under on 4 days.  My net calories for the week are 106 under my weekly goal.  I am delighted with that.

I have been completely disciplined and tracked every calorie consumed.  I mainly drink teas and coffee without milk but I do have one or two with soya milk which I add to my tracker but don’t bore you all with.  I am really pleased I have maintained my discipline around eating well and tracking everything.  Interestingly the Doctor told me I could eat up to 1,500 calories a day and still lose weight.  I will stick with 1,200 but if I sometimes go up to 1,500 I won’t panic.

Here’s to the next week !

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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5 Responses to My Stone Smashing and Cholesterol Improving Diet

  1. gini smith says:

    Well done again Zoe – I am full of admiration at your will power and determination. Great news about the cholesterol levels – something we should all be looking at. Keep up the good work and keep writing these great posts. Gini x

  2. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, I am doing a Happy Dance for you and congratulate you for taking charge of your health. Bravo to the release of the weight and the great #s at the doctor. Thanks for taking charge of your health again. I hope Harvey is better soon, poor guy.

  3. Sarah says:

    Amazing Zoe! Well done you! If only we could all be so disciplined. I bet the doc was surprised when you invited him back for supper – good of him to come though… 🙂 xxx

  4. Holly says:

    Whoop whoop!!! Really well done. And if you’re only allowing 1200 cals per day, and mainly sticking to it, that’s very impressive. I’m trying to do 1500 and not managing everyday! Keep at it, sister. X

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