4:55 pm

I don´t know about you, but for me, dieting is just hard. Trying to find a diet plan that I could actually eat and make and that I could serve to my family is pretty much impossible. I´ve accepted the fact that I´ll be cooking separate dishes in many cases. My growing boys need their carbs and I most certainly don´t!

All the diet menus that I´ve come across are so finicky that they turn me off right away. First of all, I love food, so telling me that I can have three peanuts and six grapes for a snack is like danging a baby sardine in front of a killer whale . . . it´s not going to be pretty!

Another thing is that I tend to be pretty picky. I don´t like seafood, so that rules out about 45% of diet menus I´ve come across! I´ll eat meat and veggies, etc. so that part is fine, but so many seem to include shrimp and fish in the diet and I really can´t stand those things.

Finally, I live in Guatemala, so brand names are virtually non-existent . . . at least the ones listed in all those diets! When I see a plan with yummy recipes that I can never make because the ingredients just aren´t available, it´s frustrating.

So I´m down to planning out my own. :S Not necessarily a good idea, since I´m no nutritionist, but if I´m going to drop at least 30 lbs before seeing my family, something must be done. Here´s what I´m thinking . . .

Breakfast Options

  • Oatmeal with milk, molasses and banana, apple or raisins
  • Smoothie with yogurt and fruit (papaya, banana, pineapple, etc.)
  • Poached egg on wholewheat toast with a slice of cheese, plus a piece of fruit

Lunch Options

  • Whole wheat veggie sandwich (two slices bread, mustard or avocado spread, top with shredded carrot, sprouts, tomato, cucumber, etc.
  • Vegetable soup with pieces of chicken
  • Potato salad made with lite mayo
  • Corn/Tomato spread on whole wheat toast (bind with blended cooked chard)

Supper Options

  • Poached chicken breast with salad and cooked potatoes/carrots
  • Boiled egg, salad, baked potato with ricotta cheese
  • Wilted greens (spinach, chard, etc.) with ricotta cheese, baked squash
  • Potato Leek soup
  • Baby squash with a little butter, carrots and green beans
  • Boiled beans and poached eggs


  • Carrot, celery sticks for crunch
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Fruit (banana, apple, etc.)
  • Lime water
  • Unbuttered popcorn

As I find recipes to go with this plan, I´ll probably add them. The main thing is to avoid eating much in the way of carbs and to keep my body fueled with vegetables and fruit, mostly fresh, along with some protein, especially at night. Since I love to eat, I´m thinking the ability to nibble on fresh veggies is probably going to be key in this plan.

5:32 pm

My sister has been pushing me to get out and walk to the end of the block once a day. I have to admit, a little known fact about me, is that I´ve become rather agoraphobic because of my weight. I feel like people are talking about me and making snide comments all the time because . . . well, because they are! I´ve had people say stuff to my face. Like a couple of weeks after I had Dante . . . Irving´s aunt said “Oh, wow, you´re really fat. I thought women were supposed to lose weight when they breastfed.” And I´m WAY heavier now.

So, even with the pushing from a sister, I haven´t ventured out the front door of the property in a while. I literally leave the house once or twice a month, which is just sad.

Yesterday, Irving left early and the boys were going a bit nuts inside, so I decided today was the day and put on some shoes and headed out the door. We walked to the end of the block and bought some peanuts for Dorian, then we kept going and walked for about 5 blocks. Not a lot, but it wore the baby out! He couldn´t walk back, so I ended up carrying him, which was great exercise for me!

The best part? Both boys slept like LOGS last night, so it was definitely worth it! I´m going to try very hard to force myself out at least 3-5 times a week. In fact, I was thinking of going out without the boys so I could walk a bit faster, in the morning and then take them for a walk in the afternoon.

5:28 pm

My baby sister, Rebekah, wrote me an email the other day, inviting me and my family to visit Canada. The occasion would be my parent´s 29th anniversary. And we would be leaving in about 6-8 weeks, if everything comes together.

I´m really, really stressed out about this because there is a lot of paperwork to get through and to be honest, I really don´t know if this is possible to put together so fast.

However, IF it does work out . . . I desperately have to lose some weight! The last time my family saw me, I weighed about 130 lbs. :S And I really don´t want to have them looking at me in shock as they realize that I´ve gained another person in the 6 years that I´ve been gone! Not to mention, walking down the streets of my old hometown will be rather embarrassing. So now I really do need to push the weight thing.

12:36 pm

This has been a bad week. For many reasons. My baby was sick, my hubby was away . . . and I have to stop using excuses like this to scarf down anything I want to eat! Because my weight has bounced right back up to 202. And I haven´t done much in the way of exercise, either.

The good news is that I walked 2,750 steps yesterday. If I can get that up to 3,000 a day for the next week, I´d be pretty happy. Then I can look at boosting it to 4,000 for the week after and so on and so forth until I get to 10,000. That has to make some kind of difference, right?

12:45 am

I bought a small Pocket Pedometer the other day. It just hooks onto your belt and counts steps via your waist movements. Apparently quite accurate.

The average person walks between 2,000-5,000 steps a day, depending on how active they are. I recently read that the goal should be 10,000! So, with my trusty pedometer, I decided to find out just how many (or how few) steps I take in a day. The results were a bit surprising.

I honestly thought that I was so sedentary that I´d only log about 500-800 steps a day. Boy, was I wrong! Turns out all those trips to the bathroom after drinking ten cups of coffee add up. And putting kids to bed over and over again . . . well, all those steps count. Running back and forth between the stove and the baby who is trying to stuff bottle caps up his nose . . . even more steps. So it turns out that I´m not nearly as sedentary as I thought. In fact, I walked around 1,500 steps today. Which is still virtually nothing, but three times what I was expecting!

Now it all comes down to boosting the number of steps one takes during the day. I´m going to aim for 2,000 for the coming week and then raise it by 500 steps every week or so after that, if not more.

5:01 pm

Yesterday was Father´s Day here in Guatemala, but we´re celebrating today with chow mein and carrot cake. I´m thinking two cheat days in a week is probably really bad . . . but who can resist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting? Not me, unfortunately.

Tomorrow . . . tomorrow I´m back on the bandwagon with veggies and oatmeal. I promise. And for today, I´m not even going to look up the number of calories in a slice of delicious carrot cake, because that would just ruin the whole thing and there´s not much point having some without complete enjoyment.

3:52 pm

I´m terrible at dieting. I know you aren´t supposed to diet . . . it´s a lifestyle change. At least, that´s what I´m trying to do.

When you are first starting to build that habit of eating healthy, I think you sometimes need to let yourself cheat and have something not so healthy. Yesterday was my cheat day. I had a candy bar and some Pepsi. Pepsi is my big downfall, unfortunately and has been a huge help in getting me to this weight. But I still crave it and once in a while, I have a little to help me feel like I´m not totally depriving myself.

It´s often easier to stay on the fruit and veggie bandwagon when you have had that little bit of sweet for the week.

2:43 pm

I will be the first to admit that I hate exercising just to exercise. My day is full as it is and I hate the idea of taking time out from other “more important” activities just to exercise. This is something that has only affected me since I had kids, because before I used to go to the gym several days a week. I also lived within walking distance of the gym and didn´t have to hike a 45º angle to get anywhere.

But, exercise is definitely a big part of losing weight and getting fit. So, I´m going to have to suck it up and get moving, after all, a huge part of my weight gain has been due to sitting in a computer chair so much. I needed something that:

  • Keeps my interest. I´m so not interested in doing boring leg lifts and squats every day.
  • Doesn´t involve any extra equipment, we don´t have any.
  • Doesn´t necessarily take up a lot of time.
  • Is fun to do.

I decided to go with Turbo Jam Maximum Results after my mom told me she´d lost weight and gained tons of energy from this video series. They are a LOT of fun, it´s all kicking and punching and very easy moves that leave you sweating like a pig by the end of it, which has to be good!

Of course, at the moment, I can only get about 10 minutes into it, but I´m working my way up. And so far, so good. I just need to get into doing it more often, so far I´m at about twice a week and it definitely needs to be bumped up to 5 times at least.

2:22 pm

I stepped on the scale this morning and was very thrilled to see that I have finally dipped below 200 . . . to 199 lbs! Yay! Progress is always good and I´ve been bouncing around from 200-210 for a month now, so 199 is just fine by me!

2:20 pm

Leafy green veggies are supposed to be super good for you, right? Lots of iron, vitamins, minerals, etc. So, over the past week, I´ve been really trying hard to incorporate more green into our diet. My partner found some chard at the market the other day, so I looked it up online and ended up just lightly sauteing it with some garlic. It was delicious.

Since then, we´ve gone a bit chard-crazy. My boys aren´t really into eating stuff like this, mainly because it´s hard for toddlers to get down pieces of semi-slimy green leaves. So, I´ve taken to blending the stuff in the blender with other ingredients to make soup bases and pasta sauces. It´s worked wonderfully and no one has complained at all about having greenish tomato sauce on their pasta.

How do you add green into your diet? Any suggestions for what veggies I should try?