UPDATE! September 27th and I've lost 67 lbs as of this morning! 3 more to go for my goal weight by my 10 year wedding anniversary on October 19th. Think I'll make it by then for sure and maybe try to go 10 more lbs., but will probably just try to maintain after the 3.
It all started in the Spring when I just wanted to lose 10 lbs to feel comfortable on the kiddie rides at the amusement park with my daughter and not feel like a stuffed sausage in the ride. I have spent almost 4 months now collecting low calorie food idea for my new way of eating! I've lost 40 lbs since March 19th and have a list of low calorie foods I want to share with you so you can add them to your low calorie menu! According to Sparkpeople.com which I use daily, I personally should be taking in 1200 - 1500 calories a day. 300 for Breakfast, 400 for lunch, 400 for dinner and (2) 200 calorie snacks (which I break down and will eat 4 or more 80 or 90 calorie snacks during the day). I fudge things and sometimes only have 150 - 205 calories for breakfast, but may eat more for dinner to even it out. Some days I'm under the recommended calories per day and sometimes I eat out and am way over! I also work out everyday on the treadmill for 30 minutes at the least. Ok, some times I miss a day, maybe two, but 99% of the time I'm on there daily for 30 minutes. So here are just a few examples of items on my list of foods:
* Of course all your 100 Calorie pack snacks as well
Fruits and veggies are always great snacks as well (click the links to see calorie info!)
Love carrots & fresh green beans that I cut into sticks and dip in low fat ranch dressing.
Keep in mind, you can still have things you love, just figure out what you can leave off to make them less calories. For example I love Chipolte and still eat it. I just eat it in a bowl (not a wrap), with fajita, leave off the meat and cheese and can get a burrito bowl for a little over 400 calories! Perfect to fit in my calorie in take for a meal. Can be less if you leave off the sour cream. Check out the Chipolte Nutrition Calculator and figure how you can save calories! Another example, I love Skyline Chili (A Cincinnati thing!). I figured out that I can eat a coney but leave off the hot dog and cheese and save a ton of calories (Basically a chili sandwich). I can enjoy more "chili" sandwiches since each has less calories without the dog and cheese.
I hope this helps you a little with idea! Please share with me what you like as low calorie meals/snacks.
Enjoy being a Mom All Day!