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 ...