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I have yet to enjoy leftovers. Never the same as the day they are cooked.
What is wrong with chicken salad???? Spatch one night chicken salad for lunch. For sure that is not dry!!! ;;)
Damascus, VA. Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.
LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014
Make BBQ sauce with Agave nectar. It is low glycemic index. You typically use 25% less in a recipe than regular sugar.
Altering your diet and your portions is key but I hope that exercise is a part of your plan. It amazes me to go into our break room at work and hear people talking about what they cooked, or how much they ate, or what diet they are on, or what supplements they are taking, or how many calories something is. I never hear them talking about exercising. From the looks of it, most don't.Some people have a serious aversion to exercise and physical activity but it's crucial. Not just for weight loss but for your health and well being!
This will probably sound harsher than I mean it to, but you solicit input and then have a litany of reasons why suggestions won't work. There isn't a magic wand to wave, if losing weight was easy then Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, diet cookbooks, diet supplements, etc wouldn't be a multi-billion dollar industry.
If cooking indoors equals 'fattening crap food' then you need to expand your repetoire of techniques and recipes, or retrain your palate, as there are tons of healthy things you can make on the stove. Even when you eat out, there are certainly better and worse options, which are you choosing?
Easy steps you can take without really adjusting anything in your life could include focusing on portions, ESPECIALLY if you're eating out a lot - the portions at most restaurants are ridiculous, if you're cleaning your plate you're probably getting almost all the calories you need at dinner. Think about your days; do you tend to hit the vending machine or run to a 7-11 in mid-afternoon, plan on bringing a better snack for that time; apple slices with a tablespoon of peanut butter, baby carrots and hummus, or a 1/4 c of almonds are substantially better for you than anything you'll get out.
There are lots of things you can do for extra activity, can you take walks around your office, or wherever you work? Even if it is just walking for 5 minutes 2-3 times per day that is a big difference. Park 100 yards further away from work/stores/kids sport event/etc. If you do that over 5 days of work, 5 kids sporting event and 3 trips to the store you've added a mile and a half of extra walking into your week. Walk around your neighborhood in the evening instead of watching a TV show you don't really like before bed. Get some dumbells and do curls while watching something you like. Don't think of exercise as just going to the gym, there are lots of extra ways to get some movement in.
Are those changes going to help you drop 30+ pounds? No. But they may help you drop a few, and they are definitely helping to move you in a better direction. I know people in my office who say "I can't stick to a diet," and then eat a giant bowl of fettucine alfredo. Even though sticking to a strict diet hasn't worked for you, that isn't an excuse to eat 3 portions of something. Even though you can't get to a gym regularly that is no reason to be completely sedentary. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good (or better).