K has returned from vacation, the dogs have been picked up from the boarders and all is back to normal in our home. It took Beamer about 30 seconds of being here to return to his usual spot on the bed:
And her tongue… it kills me.
Yesterday was errand day. K picked some books up from the library for me while I ran to Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom Rack and the mall. Today we went out to lunch at Hickory Tavern and then got groceries at the farmer’s market and Costco.
My purchases at the farmer’s market are always pretty random and I usually just pick up what looks good at the time. We were kind of limited in our choices today because we forget to get cash out of the ATM. There are only a few booths that accept cards. We ended up getting basil, rosemary, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, red peppers, green peppers and eggplant. I love getting fresh herbs from the farmer’s market because they are so much cheaper than the grocery store.
Then we went to Costco, where I may or may not have eaten way too many free samples and gotten a churro on the way out. Woops.
So yesterday I read a book called Choose More, Lose More for Life by Chris Powell. He is the trainer who is on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition on ABC.
I requested this book from the library a few weeks ago because I saw it at Target and it looked interesting. I really enjoyed it and think it is a great read for someone who is struggling with weight loss. I really liked several things about his weight loss plan:
#1- At the beginning of the book, he addresses emotional eating. He talks about how the first step in weight loss is to address the psychological/emotional reasons you may be making poor food choices and/or hiding behind your weight.
#2- He talks about how important it is to eat carbs and talks about the difference between healthy carbs and processed carbs. His diet plan is all about carb-cycling, a plan he has created where you alternate between eating high-carb and low-carb meals. I cannot tell you how much it annoys me as a future dietitian to see that carb-free diets are the fad right now. Carbs are an important source of fuel for your body and any diet that encourages limiting them or eliminating them altogether is most likely a diet that will be hard to stick with for the long-term.
#3- He is very realistic about how difficult it can be to stick to a diet/exercise plan, and he encourages participants to set attainable goals so they don’t set themselves up for failure. This was a nice change from other fitness books I’ve read.
The only down side to this book is that the carb-cycling can come across as being kind of complicated for someone who really doesn’t know a lot about food. I think he explains it really well and it makes sense but it is not the most simple diet plan out there. If you are planning on reading the book and trying out his plan then I recommend purchasing it. I was so tempted to write in it and mark on pages but I couldn’t since it was a library copy.
Well, I hope everyone has a great Sunday and fantastic week!