By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past.

If you just stow these things away in a drawer or cardboard box, before you realize it, your past will become a weight that holds you back and keeps you from living in the here and now.

I don’t read many books, nor do I do things because it’s trendy, but despite myself, this book got my attention. Marie Kondo’s “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Here are some of my favorite quotes and takeaways I’d like to remember. Continue reading “By handling each sentimental item and deciding what to discard, you process your past.”

1200-Calorie Menu | Week 22

Featured: Carrot Cake Yogurt, Meatless Hardshell Taco, Bacon-Fried Brussels Sprouts

This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 1198 Calories every day. I think I might have miscalculated my foods because it didn’t feel like so many calories. I’ll use this menu again and come back to this post and adjust it slightly if I need to. The Carrot Cake yogurt had amazing flavor, both complex and crunchy. This was the first time I’ve made meatless tacos, and I’m surprised by how good they are! And wow! The Bacon-fried Brussels sprouts was so filling and packed with bacony good flavor. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros. Continue reading “1200-Calorie Menu | Week 22”

1200-Calorie Menu | Week 21

Features: Chocolate Banana Yogurt, Pizza Wraps, Ham and Cream Cheese Pickle Wraps, Strawberry Brown Sugar Yogurt

This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 960 Calories every day, which is too low. I think I might have miscalculated my foods because it didn’t feel like so few calories. I’ll use this menu again and come back to this post and adjust it slightly if I need to. This one might be my favorite yet. The banana yogurt was creamy and savory. The pizza wrap fulfilled my desperate craving for pizza. And the pickle-cream-cheese with ham wraps make a fantastic snack. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros. Continue reading “1200-Calorie Menu | Week 21”

1200-Calorie Menu | Week 20

Featured : Apples & Peanut Butter Dip, Chickpea Salad with Feta and Dill, Turkey Wraps with Green Beans, Egg White Banana Pancake with Blueberry Garnish

This is a continuation of my 52-Weeks of 1200-Calorie Menus. This week’s menu is 1151 Calories every day. I absolutely loved the chickpea salad recipe and looked forward to eating it every day. The peanut butter dip is a great compromise between my love for peanut butter and keeping the calorie count under control. See within for a grocery list, preparation, recipes, and macros.

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Diets: What Works, What Doesn’t

A survey of all the different diets I’ve tried, pros and cons of each, and a new diet design that strikes just the right balance.

I’m continuing my diet journey and refining my methods once again. This article is a retrospective of things I’ve already tried, what I’ve learned from each, and how I’ve made changes to make up for the shortcomings. Continue reading “Diets: What Works, What Doesn’t”

Easy to Follow Diet for Busy People

Consistent, sustainable weight loss. Fast, and easy to prepare meals to keep you from falling off the bandwagon.

After following the Scarsdale Medical Diet (SMD) for a little while, I discovered a way to make this diet even easier to follow. Most of the food in this diet (especially for the breakfasts and the lunches) require very little preparation, so you can put them together in minutes right before you leave for work.  Continue reading “Easy to Follow Diet for Busy People”

Scarsdale Medical Diet—FAQ

Yes, you’re on a diet. …But don’t forget to enjoy yourself too.

  1. How long do you have to stay on the diet?
  2. While on the diet I started to lose weight, and then I stayed the same or gained for two days in a row! I haven’t cheated—am I doing something wrong?
  3. Do you ever eat fast food on the diet? How do you manage?
  4. Do you ever eat at nice restaurants on the diet?
  5. What about the holiday season? Do you stay on the diet at parties?
  6. Can you substitute meals or recipes on the diet?
  7. Other tips and insights.

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Scarsdale Medical Diet—My Experience

I don’t really like fresh vegetables or fruit, but this diet has helped me appreciate them more.

Summary of Scarsdale Medical Diet

Dieters follow the Scarsdale Medical Diet (SMD) strictly for two weeks, and during which fast weight loss is promised (7-15 pounds). After the two weeks, you switch to “Keep Trim” for two weeks, where you plan your own menus. “Keep Trim” permits additional foods, and more calories. You repeat this cycle until you reach your goal. Continue reading “Scarsdale Medical Diet—My Experience”

A Workout Plan for Lazy People

A customized ass-kicking no matter what level you’re at: a wimp like me, or a seasoned gym rat.

It all started when a close male friend of mine texted me, “Want to do something that involves a lot of sweating and grunting?” Dubious, I replied “…sure? Like what–hauling bags of water softener salt?” 😉 He proceeded to throw down the gauntlet and challenge me to a workout routine that could be followed through our phones. It was a great success.

This is the second part of a trio of blog posts on weight loss, food, and working out. I am a lazy cheapskate, and that makes it really difficult for me to get to the gym. Allow me to complain for a brief moment before I reveal the phone app solution we used. Continue reading “A Workout Plan for Lazy People”

Re-Evaluate Your Life With this Simple Thought-Provoking Exercise

Are you spending your time wisely?

Imagine that your day can only be devoted to the most important values. Are you spending your time wisely? If not, how can you reorganize your life so that it reflects your values? Think of small changes that you can make every day that can make a difference. Continue reading “Re-Evaluate Your Life With this Simple Thought-Provoking Exercise”