A week of Real Appeal

Well, I just finished out my first week on the new Real Appeal diet & fitness plan.  I didn’t have a great increase in exercise.  I got out and walked with the dog a couple of times, which is twice more than the weeks previous.  Figure a little under 2 miles each time, which is not a whole lot of walking.  There’s an app for my phone and tablet that lets me track everything I eat and drink, and I’ve been using that as close to 100% of the time as possible.  That has been a big help in figuring out what foods are better and which ones are worse as far as calories, fat, protein, etc.  It even has a bar code scanner to pull up information on most stuff that’s packaged.

The end result…  I’m down 5# from when I started.  That in itself is not shocking or cause for wild celebration, I’ve lost 5# in a week many times.  Always the same 5#, though.  The biggest change I have noticed is the consistency of results.  Before starting the program, when I was trying to do this on my own, I’d weigh myself every couple of days.  Some days I was down, some days I was up, but always bouncing within a 5-6 pound range.  That’s been going on for a couple of years now.  Over the past week I’ve been down consistently every time I stepped on the scale, no exceptions.

So, so far so good.  We’ll see how well I’m able to keep it up.  The biggest difference is that I’ve got a consistent (but non-annoying) level of motivation and encouragement to watch what I’m eating, keep the snacking down within reason, etc.  The calories set are entirely reasonable, and I don’t feel like I’m having to cut way back on eating.  In fact, I usually eat less than the plan recommends.  I just have a little better and more consistent control.

Seoul Burger

If you like things a little spicy but not too wild, try this…

Your favorite burger patty — home made, or the nice 1/3 lb. Angus patties from Costco
Your favorite bun
Drop on a layer of medium-hot kimchi
Optional: Add a fried egg (which makes any burger better)

I’d post a picture, but mine was very short-lived.  🙂  Simply flippin’ awesome.  For those of us limiting red meat and fat intake due to clogged up arteries, you want to make the most of that rare burger experience.  Even if you’re not a big kimchi fan — and it can be something of an acquired taste — kimchi as a relish on hamburgers or hot dogs is amazingly good.



Elvis With a Tan

We picked up some peanut butter with cocoa from Costco.  TOO good.  So this morning I tried a new variation of Elvis oatmeal — 1/3 C oatmeal, 1/3 C + about 2 TBSP water, 1/3 C almond milk, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 TBSP cocoa peanut butter, 1/2 TBSP maple syrup and about 1/3 of a ripe banana, thinly sliced.  The extra water is for the chia seeds; they’re optional for those of us in the clogged artery club.  If you put them in, let the chia seeds and water sit for 10-15 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients.  Nuke for 2 minutes 15 seconds, stirring a couple of times along the way.  Dee-lish.

Elvis Oatmeal

This morning I tried something new for breakfast.

1/3 cup Quaker quick oats
1 Tbsp. organic peanut butter
1 tsp. organic honey
About half a banana, sliced thinly
1/3 cup skim or 1% milk
1/3 cup water

Microwave around 2 minutes, stir once or twice while it cooks and stir thoroughly afterward.  Next time I may try either a bit less peanut butter or a bit more water or milk.  Or maybe not, it’s pretty good.  Not something I will eat every day, but if you’ve got to eat oatmeal you need to change things up every once in a while.