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Wednesday weigh-in:week 4

Posted April 6, 2011 7:55 a.m. EDT

It's the end of week four of the 25 lb weight loss challenge and it's time to share your results. How did you do?

I hit my goal this week of 3 pounds lost! Whoo Hooo! This marks two milestones reached. First, I've lost 10 pounds since the challenge began 4 weeks ago. Second, I went down a pant size and the cute pants I wanted to wear during the Southern Women's Show now fit, which is really motivating.

I stepped up the exercise just a bit in the last week. I made it to the gym twice and took a few other walks. I tried to get in exercise whenever I could. For instance, we arrived at the soccer games for both girls about 30 minutes early on Saturday so the girls could warm up with their teams. While they were warming up, I walked laps around the (very windy) soccer fields until the games started.

As far as food goes, I am being very diligent about what I eat. I'm drinking plenty of water and eating 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day. I am not on any diet that limits entire groups of food, as you can see from the meal plan. I'm eating sensibly with a good combination of lean protein, lots of veggies and some fruits and high fiber carbs. I usually don't eat after dinner. I am not tracking all my calories on paper as I though I would, but I am keeping a running mental tally throughout the day. I do not let myself get so hungry I am starving. If I get hungry, I eat something healthy like an apple or banana.

Here are some of the foods I am eating for breakfast and lunch during the week:

Morningstar veggie sausage with a little applesauce and a DanActive yogurt drink

Egg Beaters with sauteed mushrooms and spinach

Special K multi-grain and honey with blueberries and skim milk

Egg white salad on 1 piece of whole wheat bread with tomatoes and fresh spinach with a side of carrots

Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with light mayo, tomato, onion and spinach or lettuce and a side of carrots

Veggie soup with croutons

Veggie burger or veggie chicken patty on 1 piece whole wheat bread

Cottage cheese

Tofu with veggies

Snacks

High fiber granola bar

Raw veggies (carrots, cucumber, celery) dipped in hummus

Banana with 1/2 tsp peanut butter

DanActive yogurt drink (these were free during super doubles)

Whole wheat pretzels dipped in hummus

Cottage cheese

Cereal with skim milk

Please share any other healthy breakfast,  lunch or snack ideas you are enjoying. I am looking for new foods to ad to my menu and I am sure others would like some new ideas.

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Well, how did you do???? What worked, what didn't?