Five Things I Can’t Live Without During My Weight Loss Journey

11 Mar

We all have things that we need to get through our weight loss journey.  Below are just a few of mine.  What are yours?

1. Apples

greenappleI absolutely love apples.  Some people love the the sweetness of red apples, but I’m a girl who loves the granny smith kind.  I eat them plain or with a small dab of peanut butter if I need a bit of a protein kick.  What’s great is it fills me up for a while and my dog usually gets a bite.  Win-win for all!

2. Salads

You know how they always ask what’s one food you could eat forever – maybe on a deserted island – and not get sick of it? My answer is always salad.  I make what I affectionately call my “big ass salad” which has:

Lots of lettuce
Cucumber
Chick peas (for protein!)
Egg
Shredded Cheese (very small amount)
Bacon bits (also a very small amount)
Fat free croutons
Red wine raspberry vinagrette dressing

In total my salad is 13 points.  It’s larger than what I normally do for lunch … but it’s a great meal that totally fills me up until dinner time (no mid-day snacks needed).  Probably 70% of the salad is lettuce (I love lettuce!).  🙂

nibblers3. Snyder’s Of Hanover Sourdough Pretzel Nibbles

Let’s talk snacks.  I’ve never been a sweets person … but I LOVE pretzels.  And I love that these nibbles are relatively low in points if I’m looking for a quick snack.  16 nibblers (which is a generous handful, although I actually count them out) is 3 points.  It satisfies my need for something salty and is a quick snack so I can get back to my day.  Love them!

4.  My Garmin Vivofit and Walking Shoes

Eating healthy is just one part of the weight loss journey.  The other part is of course exercise.  I’m not at a weight yet where I can run comfortably – but I do love to walk.  I’ve had the same walking shoes for over ten years and they are still more comfortable than the new pair I bought a few years ago.

My Garmin Vivofit is an important part of my exercise plan.  I’m going to write a separate post about their goals vs. my own – but my Vivofit really helps keep me accountable.  Especially if I’ve been sitting at my desk too long (a downside of working from home).  I see the red bar and realize it’s time to get up and get moving for a bit.

5.  The Support of My Family and Friends

One of the most important things I’ve learned from my weight loss journey is just how important your friends and family are.  They can help give you a gentle nudge, remind you of the importance of your journey, be an exercise buddy or just someone to lean on when you need support.  I’m so thankful  for each and every one of them for their love and support!

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