Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 48 - Weigh-in Results: 283 lbs.

Well, there it is, my nemesis number, staring me straight in the face.

How is that for irony? This has historically been "The Wall" - the plateau number that stalls me every single time.

I was secretly hoping I'd weigh in below this number today, just so I could breeze by this. But, clearly, I was meant to do battle here.

And do you know what? I feel just fine, because I lost 1.5 pounds this past week! Yes, I am ready to do battle with The Wall. Bring it on! No matter what, I'm sticking to the plan. (So watch this NOT be a plateau this time ... which would be fantastic!!)

My vegan experiment began yesterday. I won't hide the truth, I did more cutting of vegetables yesterday than (probably) in the last two months. But the results?

Completely worth it!

The menu for lunch called for carrot roast red pepper soup, and a "confetti couscous" salad. The salad was fantastic - who knew healthy could taste so UNhealthy? LOL The soup was good too. The dinner was a Hoppin' John dish and a kale salad. I love kale salad, so that was fine. However, I am not a lover of black-eyed peas. I think next time, I'll make the Hoppin' John dish with black beans (my fellow Southerners are aghast right now).

Hey, this vegan thing is all about experimenting, eating healthy and discovering new things. Sometimes, we discover delightful things. Sometimes, we discover less delightful things.

I'm putting the confetti couscous salad in my keep file. It is loaded with veggies, but it sure doesn't taste like a blah veggie dish. It was high in nutrients, low in fat, high in fiber ... and so interesting and flavorful (curry, vinegar, lemon went into the dressing). It was a winning dish, to be sure.

So, after the first day, I'd say so far, so good! Me, the one who has trouble meeting the minimum daily vegetable requirements, yesterday had carrots, red peppers, onion, kale, celery, tomato, and even a little red cabbage. And it was painless. In fact, it was really, really good!

Lunch today is a vegan veggie burger on a whole grain bread, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and mustard. With that, I will eat a cup of the carrot and red pepper soup (leftover from yesterday's lunch).

Dinner will be "Southern Beans and Greens" and a side of the wonderful couscous confetti salad leftover from yesterday's lunch. The "Southern Beans and Greens" dish is essentially any bean of my preference, with garlic, and cooked kale (and they have us season everything well, of course). It isn't quite as labor-intensive as yesterday's meals, and I believe that is by design, since the 21-day Kickoff knew it would be starting on Labor Day (a holiday most have off).

Anyway, I am definitely making that couscous confetti salad again. Yum!! The new foods/preparations almost make me forget I'm (literally) up against my deadliest diet foe - 283-284 lbs - The Wall.

Day 48 and keepin' it fresh ...


  1. Just like at Jericho, I sense that the wall will come tumbling down this week!!

    It's awesome that your first day as a vegan was so positive. Let's all have a great week!

  2. Good for you on Ann...1.5 pounds is great!!! And as for the wall, just go right over it!!!

  3. I hope you can roll right on past that wall or over that plateau or whatever that nasty thing might be.

    1.5 lbs is wonderful! And I have a feeling with your change in what you're eating, you will continue to lose...or is it win? Win by losing? ;-)

  4. 1.5 is a great week, I almost eat vegan, not on purpose, the hubby isn't good with cooking meat all the way throughs, so I kind of am the meatless gal. I really don't miss it though. Stick on the path and you will blow that nemesis number out of the water!!!!!!


  5. Good job on the loss. Now, just keep slow and steady and break through below your nemesis. You can do this, this week.

  6. you will be breaking on through that wall this week - I am with everyone else - you can do it!

  7. None so high we can't get over it
    None so low we can't crawl under it!
    Go, Ann, Go!

  8. That salad sounds delish! Have you tried Kale Chips? Where you lighting salt the kale and bake them for 10-15 minutes or until crisp (but not over done).... they are a yummy alternative for potato chips!! :)


  9. Your food sounds delicious! I may have to try that beans and greens stuff...

  10. That wall is coming down girlfriend!!!

    Going to eat veg today too, no meat on the menu.

  11. It's a good thing that you saw that number today. Now you can say goodbye to it forever!!
    I am so happy for you!

  12. Great job Ann!! So you are trying to lose 60 pounds in one year right? And you started 48 days ago and have already lost 24 pounds?? Wow!! I'd say you are way ahead of the game! :)

  13. Sounds like you're doing great. I've done OK for the past couple of days. I didn't go for the menus from the vegan site you mentioned, but I am eating a vegan plan. I did the hummus and Bocca burger thing. Both are good.

    I weighed in today, and I've lost six pounds total. I plan to continue the vega approach for as long as I can hold out. I do think I will try the confetti salad you mentioned, too.

  14. Good job on the loss!!!!
    You are doing so great with your new plan, you are going to knock that wall down for sure!!!

  15. You can do this, you will do this. I think you have done awesome, so just keep going....great job.

  16. Don't fix what ain't broke. Make modifications when you need to. Way to go on your loss and your new way of eating.