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Keeping Your Options Fresh and Fun

Losing weight is not about eliminating food...it's about embracing it.

When I first got started on this weight loss adventure, I was under the impression that I needed to keep food out of my mind…but that couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Since I have been doing better, I think about food more than ever. This is my new lifestyle, and I need to get used to it. I am approaching my choices differently, and I think that is helping me in the long run.

For example, I look forward to trips to the supermarket. Now, I don’t like how much it costs at the end, but I love the decision-making aspect of it. Recently, I was at Stop and Shop in Bellmore, and I came across Almond Milk. I had never tried it before. In a cup, it only had 60 calories, which is about 50 less than the one percent milk I usually have with cereal. Put that in the bank!

Then there’re snacks. Not all of them are bad folks. Instead of loading up on chips and Doritos, I like to eat almonds and ice cream. It’s not regular ice cream, but it’s called Arctic Zero, and it can be found at Wild by Nature in Oceanside. The best part about it is the whole pint is 150 calories. Nice!

Also, it’s important to change things up. Keep it fresh. My breakfast usually consists of a protein shake and either Kashi or egg whites and a vegetable. Lunch is never the same either. Greek yogurt or a wrap with chicken, lettuce and cheese is the choice. For dinner, my choices are limited because I have what my family is having, but my mother does a great job to keep the options healthy. I lay off the carbs during dinner though.

This isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle, and I am proof that it can change your life. Don’t believe me? Just ask the 69 pounds I’ve lost.

ender wiggins May 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Good luck!
Michael Ganci May 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thanks so much Ender!
Marc May 08, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Mike, good luck on the diet. Trader Joe's also has a really great almond milk in the refrigerated dairy section which is great for making low-cal smoothies ans shakes. Abt 40 cals/8 ozs. 69 lbs down is impressive!
Michael Ganci May 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
@Marc- Thanks for the idea! I will definitely check it out!

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