I've lost 39 pounds. That's awfully close to 40.
While I'm excited about this loss, I have to admit I'm kinda disappointed. I read back through some of my progress, both on my weight loss/calorie counter app on my phone and on this blog, and realized I basically have only lost less than 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and now. That's not that great, and certainly very slow, but then again, it was the holidays. I guess I need to go easy on myself. But it's also motivation to really work hard so I can get the remaining 35 pounds off.
My gym was closed this weekend. The reason: they're getting in new equipment. I'm excited about that, but at the same time, man, it was painful not going to the gym. I could've worked out at home but I decided I should probably tackle projects I've been putting off or working too slowly on (like my Dr. Who scarf).
I also thought now might be a good time to write a love letter to the food that I think has really helped in all this weight loss: Greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt is thicker than American yogurt, definitely more tart and has lots more protein – meaning it'll fill you up longer. Naturally, you'll want to go for the sugarfree or low-fat versions, since they're better in carbs and calories.
I typically eat Greek yogurt by itself (if it's flavored) or in a smoothie (I'll blend about a cup of plain Greek yogurt with about a cup of fruit, some ice and maybe a packet of Truvia).
It seems like I've tried all of the different brands, from Dannon Greek to Chobani to Athenos to Oikos. Right now my favorite is Voskos.
Some are definitely more tart than others. Chobani probably has the least-tart taste, as well as Voskos. Oikos is pretty tart, but then again, it's really good if you like tart. I haven't tried Yoplait's Greek yogurt yet.
The good thing about Greek yogurt is that you can use it in a lot of recipes, and if you use it in baking it makes your food that much more moist, so you don't have to use as much oil.
I usually base my lunches around Greek yogurt. I'll have a cup of yogurt with either a salad or a sandwich. Pretty yummy.
If you have a favorite kind, or a good recipe to share, bring it on.