My Fresh Start: A Week in Bed

Apparently, my fresh start should’ve begun with a flu shot. But since it didn’t, it begun with a week curled up in bed. The flu really laid me out this past week, and I’m only just recovering enough to start getting anything done.

But as unproductive as my seemingly endless days of bed rest could have been, I used that time to think about the changes I need to make for the sake of my health, and about the things I have tried in the past that have worked. The problem? Not many things have worked, and there’s lots I need to change. The first thing was to seal the air mattress leak to make my bed more comfortable.

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Of all the things I have tried, the Atkins, low-carb diet was the only thing that really worked for me — but that was about 7 years ago. Still, I wanted to draw what I could from the experience. I know it worked because I was forced to cut out my 2 diet nemeses: sugar and other carbs. That meant no snacking on bare slices of bread or eating sugary cereal for dinner, with no milk. I admit, Atkins was a very restrictive way to eat, and I hated it, but it worked. I lost about 30 pounds total between the low-carb diet and exercise. That’s the most weight I’ve ever lost when I was actually trying. I also bought these Weight loss supplements for men, that really helped. The problem with Atkins is that the variety comes from the different meats, cheeses and veggies you can eat. Since I only eat poultry and seafood (and I’m pretty picky with those) and I’m not a fan of many cheeses or vegetables, I found myself eating the same things over and over. While I don’t plan to go back to a diet that is quite so restrictive, I do plan to pay very close attention to my carb intake. I’ll try to stick to the good carbs and stop overloading myself on them when I’m hungry.

I’ve decided that I will eat at least one salad each day. This may not sound like a lot to change, but it is for me. I don’t pay close attention, I can go days without eating any vegetables, and I will literally eat whatever junk is within arms’ reach when given the chance. So a salad a day is a step in the right direction. It is also admittedly the easiest low-carb meal I can make for myself that I’ll actually eat.

Today (the first day I’ve really been well enough to be out of bed), I had a very simple grilled chicken salad for lunch. I used Tyson’s Grilled and Ready Cooked Chicken Breast Strips. I love the fact that they are pre-cooked. I was able to just drop them in a nonstick pan for a few minutes (no oil or cooking spray) and let them get nice and brown. Then I tossed a couple of strips with some organic baby spinach, 2 sliced strawberries and about a tablespoon of lite raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I have to say, it was great! The photo at the beginning of the post doesn’t do it justice 🙂

Given that little else has worked for me, I have started counting my calories so I can keep track of what I eat every day to hold myself accountable. This salad contained a total of about 230 calories. Not bad for a nice, filling lunch.

In an attempt to find lower-calorie snacks that will also help curb my sweet tooth, I also picked up some Special K 90 calorie dessert bars and Yoplait yogurt in two flavors I had never seen before: blackberry pomegranate and cranberry raspberry. So now, when I find myself craving for something sweet, I can grab one of those without feeling too terrible.

All these plans will be better put into action in the coming week as I fully recover from the flu, but I did say I would weigh in every week. Believe it or not, I actually lost weight — mostly due to illness and barely being able to eat anything for days.

This Week’s Weight: 229.6 lbs.

That’s 5.4 pounds down from last week! Although I can’t take any credit for it, it’s still nice to see the scale going in the right direction. And now that I have a good game plan, I’m determined to drop at least another pound or two before my next weigh in.

I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to live a healthier life! Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation to share my journey to healthier living with you as part of the Fresh Start Challenge. I was also provided with a gift card to purchase healthier food items to help me on my journey. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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