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It’s weigh-in time for me. I know I haven’t got as much exercise, per se, as I would have liked to get last week, but then, I’ve still been sick, and my husband has been even more sick, so I’ve had plenty of distractions. But I’ve been watching what I put in my mouth, and I am pleasantly pleased with the number that showed up on my scale this morning. I even checked it twice to be sure!

This morning I weighed in at 136! That’s two pounds down from last week.

At least one of those pounds I could probably credit to a new book I picked up Sunday at the Goodwill for $5. Maybe you’ve heard of it; it’s not a new book. Eat More, Weigh Less. I plan to write a proper book review of it soon, but let me just share how it has helped me this week.

If you’ve been following my weight loss challenges, you will probably be aware that I am trying to avoid eating supper, or only eating a light one if I am truly hungry. Well, this book has encouraged me to be more aware of what I put into my mouth. For instance, the other night I was hungry. I decided to have a couple slices of toast. But instead of putting on a generous serving of butter (Smart Balance, actually), I decided just to put some smashed home-canned pears on it instead. I probably saved myself 100 or more calories that evening, and I didn’t really sacrifice taste.

Basically the book has you eating a diet that has only 10% of calories from fat. I don’t think I’m going to go that low, because I know that good fat is important—and because I am married to a husband that can eat a rather high-fat diet and never gain a pound. But I think I can make a few small changes to cut down on the amount of fat I get without sacrificing anything. For instance, when I eat sweet potatoes and tofu for breakfast, I don’t put any butter on them. Sweet potatoes have enough flavor all on their own, and I eat them with the tofu, which was cooked with a little coconut oil (a metabolism-boosting oil, remember?), so that is really all the fat I need. Or when I made oven fries, I measured the oil instead of just pouring on some. One teaspoon of oil for about 2 ½ pounds of potatoes added only 5 grams of fat for 3 people, meaning I only got about 2 extra grams of fat, or less than 20 calories extra. I was probably putting on 2-3 times that much before.

So. . . my goal for the next week is to lose another 1-2 pounds, and to try to get more exercise. My husband cut the tree that was going across the driveway, so now I have no excuse for not walking up and down the property, hill and all, once in a while.

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