I posted a lot of recipes in the beginning but then after a long business trip in March living in a hotel room for two weeks I stopped posting for a while. During that time period I tried eating a plant based, fat free diet and managed to last for about a month. I struggled to find recipes for beans, vegetables, and tofu that were interesting enough to post, but without any fat and no fish or meat I didn’t get inspired. I’ll admit it was pretty depressing to me, so eventually I started eating fish and poultry again. I am following a very low fat, mostly plant based diet now. I use very little fat in my cooking and keep fat grams down to under 30 a day, but would like that number to be 20. If you look at the photos starting from the top you will see the difference between weighing what I did when I started and 25 pounds less by May 2012. I plan to continue to lose a few more pounds, and I continue to work out with Sandra Kidd 3 days a week. I won’t stop until I lose another 10 pounds, then reduce to once or twice a week and work out on my own. I have a treadmill at home and do cardio the days I don’t lift weights. From a health standpoint my blood pressure is 120/70, cholesterol level is normal, and I can run a mile and a half in a little over 14 minutes. I hate that I waited so long to get into shape. But then again, I recently saw photos of a 75 year old woman, Ernestine Shepherd, who is a serious weight lifter/runner and she looks fantastic.
|On Italy trip March 2011–one of the photos that inspired me to sign up for personal training with Sandra Kidd in April 2011|