Clean Burning Fuel… 10 pounds down. 90 to go.

Yummy vegetablesFriday morning I weighed in at the Lindora clinic. (My 4-week Lindora program includes two weekly visits to the clinic.) My keto stick showed a dark burgundy color indicating I was in ketosis – which basically means my body is burning fat. The Lindora consultant was impressed; she said she hadn’t seen color that good in a long time. I’m over two pounds down from Monday – wahoo!

The consultant thought I should have lost more — she said she wants me to be able to lose it quickly. She reviewed my menu (see below) and recommended I try to stay under 80 carbs a day. My goal is to lose two pounds a week for a year, so I’m not sure I agree with the “more quickly” statement… I’m in this for the long haul…

I mentioned I’m loving the dairy products, and that I’d have to cut back on the yogurt at lunch. It’s considered a protein serving, but it’s got 10 carbs per half cup serving. She asked me what kind of yogurt I was eating. I told her it was the Dannon Light & Fit vanilla fat free yogurt. I was disappointed to hear her say I should stop eating it. It had too many carbs and it was off program.  She recommended Ralphs Carb Master Yogurt. It only has 3 carbs per serving and it tastes great.  I’ll have to go check it out… haven’t made it to a Ralphs market yet.

I’m still flying high as far as my commitment to my new lifestyle. And it’s contagious. My husband is getting a fresh salad every evening. The other night as he was about to take a bite of lettuce, tomato and egg whites, he looked at me and said, “I’m really enjoying these.” We’re both eating better.

I’m feeling so… so… clean. My food is like clean burning fuel. My skin looks better. My digestive system is happier. I feel lighter.  My clothes are definitely looser and more comfortable. However… (Warning men: girl talk ahead)… my period started a week earlier, my cramps are worse and it’s already lasted twice as long as normal. I figure my body’s just taking care of business. Detoxing…

Here’s my menu for the last several days:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Pedometer steps: forgot it at home!
Exercise: 30 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes upper body strength training (biceps, shoulders, pectoral muscles)

  • 7:00am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 1 tsp Sugar Free Metamucil (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3)
  • 10:30am 1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 1:30pm ½ c nonfat yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), ½ c celery (2), 1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 4pm protein bar (13)
  • 7:30pm 2.5 oz chicken (0), ¼ c tomato (2.5), ¼ c onions (3), 1 t olive oil (0), fresh garlic, 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1 peach (10), Diet Pepsi (0)
  • Total carbs: 89.5

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Pedometer steps: 13,556
Exercise: 25 minutes treadmill, 5 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes core strength training

  • 7:00am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 1 tsp Sugar Free Metamucil (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3)
  • 10:30am 1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 1:30pm ½ c nonfat yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3),  ½ c jicama (5),  1 tbsp fat free Italian dressing (2), 12 oz Diet Squirt
  • 4pm protein bar (13)
  • 7pm 1 oz string cheese (1), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ½ c cucumber (1.5), 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp t vinegar, peach (10), 12 oz Diet Pepsi (0)
  • 10:30pm Lindora hot cocoa (6)
  • Total carbs: 97.5

Friday, August 12, 2011
Pedometer steps: left it in the gym bag!
Exercise: none

  • 7:00am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 1 tsp Sugar Free Metamucil (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3)
  • 10:30am protein bar (13)
  • 1pm  Frozen Berry Cooler [½ c nonfat yogurt (10), 2/3 c mixed berries (11), ½ c sugar-free jello (0)], 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ¼ c carrots (4), ½ c celery (2), 1 tbsp fat free Italian dressing (2), 12 oz Diet Pepsi (0)
  • 6pm protein bar (13)
  • 7:30pm I went off program for a Staff Appreciation Party at the home of my boss. I did this intentionally. I ate a protein bar just beforehand to help stave off temptation. While everyone had beer and wine, I drank Diet Coke. When it came time to eat, I had two tacos: 4” corn tortillas, one with shredded beef, one with carne asada, a dollop of guacamole on each. I had a salad (just lettuce). Afterward, I ate approximately a half cup of strawberries. I skipped the rice and beans, the cheese enchiladas, and the churros. I consider it a successful evening for food choices. : )
  • Total carbs: unknown. But I didn’t go crazy off program.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Protein Day
Pedometer steps: 10,170
Exercise: My husband woke me up this morning to go the gym. How cool is that?! We spent 30 minutes on the treadmill. About 5-10 minutes in the sauna. About 10 minutes in the spa. Then 30 minutes in the pool where I did some exercises I remembered from an aqua fitness class I took two years ago. My legs were pleasantly sore the rest of the day. Just a relaxing morning with my husband.

  • 8:30am 1 c skim milk (12), 1 tsp Sugar Free Metamucil (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3)
  • 11:30pm Lindora Chocolate Chocolate protein bar (13)
  • 1:45pm Lindora BBQ Soy Puffs (8)
  • 4pm 1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 6pm Lindora Wildberry Passion protein drink (1)
  • 8pm 1 c skim milk (12)
  • 11:30pm 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5) wrapped with 1.25 oz. deli turkey (0.5)
  • Total carbs: 53

Variety & a Recipe: Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

My strategy for keeping on the Lindora weight loss menu plan is variety. I need to change things up and not get too locked into the same foods, day in and day out.

One of the unexpected perks with the menu is… I really, really like this food! Left to my own devices, I’ll choose a bag of chips over a salad with cucumber and celery. I’ll choose a Twix candy bar over an orange. But when my choices are limited to certain foods, veggies and fruits become more delicious.

It’s like discovering an old friend. Hey, I know you, cucumber. Long time no see, nectarine! You’re new—your name is jicama? How do you say that again? Hickama? Well aren’t you tasty? And crunchy, too!

In my quest for variety, I discovered this nifty little recipe in my old Lindora Recipe Collection Book (published in 1998). Check it out:

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies
Source: Lindora Recipe Collection Book
2 servings
Total carbs:

  • 1 pkt Lean for Life Creamy Vanilla Shake mix (11)
  • 3 egg whites (1.5)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (I used 1/2 tsp orange extract instead)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top after baking (my addition to the recipe) : )
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Beat egg whites with electric mixer until very stiff, like meringue (this will take a few minutes). Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the extracts and the vanilla drink powder mix. Do not over mix! Drop by teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray to make 8 cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. If desired, tops may be browned under broiler for 15 seconds. Store remainder in refrigerator.

The last step—browning the tops under the broiler—I’m going to leave them in 30 seconds next time. They barely got brown on top.

I wish the recipe told us how these are supposed to turn out so I could know if I did it right. I was expecting the cookies to turn out crunchy. They were soft, and had the consistency of quiche. I sprinkled cinnamon and nutmeg on top and they were excellent. The only bad thing: it felt as if I hadn’t eaten anything. They were so light, fluffy and insubstantial, I was hungry almost immediately. But if I’m craving a certain taste, I’ll definitely make these again.

The Lindora Recipe Collection Book calls this 4 servings, which doesn’t make sense. You’d only be eating 1/4 of the vanilla drink and less than 1/2 of the egg white portion (2 egg whites is considered 1 protein serving). So I ate 4 of the 8 “cookies.”