For the time being each work-day my daily intake of food is getting delivered in a cooler. So while you might see me post about something during the week, its probably from the previous weekend. Monday through Friday, I'm on "the plan". You are about to see "Thursday". Back in January you might recall I tried a similar delivery outfit but I grew a bit dissatisfied with some of their food choices. Part of the problem was that there were no food choices. You took what was delivered, like it or not. In the end I wasn't even sure that the meals themselves were all that "Zone" or even measured. I had looked at The Fresh Diet when I was doing earlier research but it was the pricier of the alternatives. Then, Leslie turned me on to a particularly good Groupon for The Fresh Diet which turned out to be too good to pass up. Fast forward a couple weeks and seven pounds lighter it shows up on my door each morning looking like this:
Now I'm sure some of you would say that I have a bizarre relationship with food. To you I simply say, "duh!". Someday I will go into all the gory and often amusing details of just how bizarre it has been. I'm still getting used to the rather public nature of blogging and so the really good stuff will have to wait. Don't worry, we'll get there. I just need time. The other side of my blog-chef life is that I've had 'these last few pounds' waiting to be lost for just about as long as I've enjoyed cooking. Actually, longer. I was born with these extra pounds I think. I pictures to prove it. Back when I was twenty five I had thirty five pounds to lose and the first twenty five were a piece of cake compared to these last stubborn ten. These ten pounds I think I may have actually lost a dozen times. That means I've actually lost 145 pounds when you think off it. The pounds just keep returning home to roost no matter where I try to lose them. Like homing pigeons. I'm quite sure my body double crosses me by giving away my location as soon as I dump the pounds off and try to hide from them.
So I'm going for it again. Hoping against hope that I will finally get these ten pounds to give up and leave me I am spending the bucks and going diet delivery. Its quite the luxury but the plan works and it really is easy to stay on it. Many of the people around me have been asking a lot of questions about the cooler I've been caring around so I thought I would show you what is in it. Thursday was probably a bit atypical as I usually have a salad option for lunch rather than something bready like pizza. I just hadn't seen pizza as an option before so I thought I'd better get it while the getting is good. Unlike the other zone program, on this one you get to go online and select your menu from at least three choices for each meal and snack! If I know I won't be able to eat on plan for a particular day I just go online and cancel that day's delivery. It really is quite easy. Anyway, here is the day as it played out:
Breadfast: Italian Style Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs, Diced Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese & Seven Grain Toast. I usually have a hard time eating breakfast and that is not good when dieting. The delivery makes sure I start each day with a good breakfast.
Lunch: Whole Wheat Italian Pizza with Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato, Alfredo Sauce & Cheddar Cheese. Mmmm....Pizza!
Snack: Turkey and Geen Salsa Quesadilla. The garnish was my idea!
Grilled Cicken Breast with Spiced Pomegranate Sauce with Rosemary Carrot Mash and Whole Wheat Fusilli Pasta. Usually I would have picked a green veggie like Brussels sprouts but it had been awhile since I had pasta without guilt so I had to go for it.
Vanilla Pecan Pudding. You don't get a lot. So I put it in a small bowl and eat it with a small spoon. It still didn't seem like a lot. Oh well. Still, it was quite good.
So there you have it. I've been trying to do it 5 days a week but 4 is where it has been playing out. That leaves me two or three days on my own or to tinker in the kitchen -- just as long as I don't go too crazy I still lose weight. And I still have to give away all the baked goods. Tomorrow morning, cooler time again.