So at a pot-luck dinner Friday night (I brought the CL-Asparagus Salmon Orzo dish), my friend Cindy said she was enjoying my blog but if I was still eating Phish Food ice cream every night, didn’t that mean I was failing?
Luckily, much wonderful wine was available (thank you Jill), so I was able to avoid thinking about that. Until today.
Here’s the thing – I am hoping that the many other choices I am making will result in lower cholesterol. That I can still have my cake ice-cream and eat it too.
But I now feel the need to grade myself – to review my lo-co plan and what I’ve done to date. (Mostly to check if I’m delusional). Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far:
- New Breakfast Regime. Grade: A. Instead of a 1/2 bagel with lox every morning, I now eat steel-cut oatmeal with a 1/2 apple & handful of almonds & wheat germ (all cholesterol-lowering ingredients) every morning. I miss my bagel and lox something fierce, but this has STUCK.
- Metamucil Daily. Grade: A. Have only missed a few days of this – and now know to chug it before it turns to sludge.
- Lunch that’s not mayo/cheese-based. Grade: C. I like to make a tuna-melt-on-a-tortilla panini for lunch. Total withdrawal was making me sad, so I’ve added it back in once or twice a week.
- Dinners that are low-fat/lean-meat/bean-based. Grade: C. I have relied on Cooking Light recipes for years, and found some great new dishes. But I have yet to find any great beans or lentils recipes. And planning dinners remains the bane of my existence – as witnessed by several trips to Five Guys Burger & Fries when the clock struck 6pm and a lo-co dinner had not magically appeared.
- Exercise Daily. Grade: F. As posted, I have to fix this but just don’t know how. Well, I know how, it’s just not yet happening. (Wow, look at all that passive voice?!)
- Snacks/Ice Cream. Grade: F. In addition this week to my daily Phish Food treat, I actually made Onion Dip. And though I made it with low-fat sour cream, eaten with Low Fat Ruffles (which actually, all 3 of us prefer), STILL, this was ridiculous.
Oh, and new discovery: Double Stuff Oreos are OK: I can limit myself to 3 per day. But Keebler Fudge Sticks are no longer allowed in my house. Ever. Sorry, Eric.
The real test will be next week: I have an appointment for a cholesterol blood test. Given my mixed informal report card, it seems clear I’m going to have to do more…be more rigorous about my lo-co diet and exercise plan.
Fingers crossed there’s SOME improvement… and that maybe, just maybe, I can lick this cholesterol thing without having to totally forgo Phish Food.