Chasing My Dream: Weight Issues – Part 4

As you know, a big part of chasing my dream is dealing with my weight issues, and I have to tell you that this is the ONLY time in my life when eating better isn’t keep me awake at night.

NORMALLY, Dieting Causes Obsessing About Food

One of the really frustrating things about being a chub that people who are NOT chubs don’t know is this:  when I’m dieting, I think about food a LOT.  You see, I LOVE food.  I love the taste of good food, the smell of good food, I love preparing food.  When dieting, I am barely finished with one meal when I am thinking of the next.  And snacks?  Oh…  some people smoke or drink their way through crises.  Not me, no sir.  I SNACK.  Graze, actually.  And you know what that means, right?  It means that I don’t JUST eat a meal (or two or five)… but besides the MEAL itself, there’s the graze going on.  The bite of donut, the handful of M’s, the …  waking graze.  Without hesitation, I can describe scrumptious, delectable dishes that will make your mouth water. 

The problem with that, though, is that I SO EASILY gain weight.  I am one of few people I know who can sit beside a woman on a bus who is thinking about a piece of cake and gain weight from it.  If I’m in a room with a chocolate bar, my body absorbs the calories by osmosis and sticks another lump or dimple or roll somewhere on my ample and fluffy body. 

DIETING causes me to obsess about food because I have to be aware of every morsel that crosses my lips. 

Enter Personal Trainer Food–NO Obsessing

I first read about Personal Trainer Food several weeks ago, and it occurred to me that the program is ultimately a version of low-carb eating. It’s already prepared, so I don’t have to obsess about my next meal because it’s already in the freezer.  I just gotta heat and eat.  Or sometimes heat and tweak and eat.  Either way, it’s THERE waiting for me and I don’t have to worry about what I’ll eat or make a grocery list or cart my behind to the grocery and watch the pastries stare at me as I stroll by them.  I don’t have to stand in the cookie aisle and explain to the chocolate-gooey things why I cannot take them home with me or ask them to PLEASE quit calling my name.  

When I heard about Personal Trainer Food, I watched all the videos on their website, and ready everything I could about it.  I perused the food lists.  Then the light came on and I felt that I really could do this.  I’m a cook.  I don’t like additives and preservatives, and I love good taste.  And that’s exactly what the Personal Trainer Food is all about. 

Here’s my meal-planning process with Personal Trainer Food: ___________.  That’s right–nothing.  I merely open the freezer door, extract two bags of my choice (and there’s all this food to choose from!), micro-zap it, and my meal’s ready.  So here’s what I did yesterday for lunch and dinner.  Ten minutes prep time.

Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fryphoto 2

Here’s a photo of my today’s lunch.  Yep, Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry.  I micro-zapped the packages of Oriental Stir Fry and the Teriyaki Chicken.  I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and rinsed the bag, reserving the water so I could use it to flavor the vegetables.  When my skillet was hot, I placed the vegetables, the chicken, and the water (about 2 tablespoons) into the skillet, added one slice of onion I had cut into pieces, some black pepper, and about two shakes of crushed red pepper flakes.  I let this cook until the water had evaporated.  The result:  a REALLY GOOD lunch that had just the tiniest kick to it.  (Hint:  I find I am much more satisfied with my food if it bites back just a little bit.)  And that worked so well, I decided to go at another trick for dinner!

Squash Casserole

I put the frozen-then-nuked squash into a pan with a couple of tablespoons of water, a slice of onion, and some salt and pepper and let it cook until tender.  I then drained off the water, put the squash into a baby casserole dish, and topped it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ground blanched almonds and 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan.  I squirted some of the Personal Trainer Food garlic butter over the almond/parmesan mixture and popped it into the oven for about 20 minutes, until browned.  So tonight, my dinner was chunks of white meat chicken and squash casserole.  It was REALLY good, and there was nothing at all in the dish I wasn’t supposed to eat!

Yellow Squash Casserole

Yellow Squash Casserole

Probably the best thing I’m learning through this is that having the portions already measured for me makes it much easier.  I eat the pre-portioned meat and vegetables, only I add a little zing to my meal, and I’m watching my weight decrease.  (I had lost 15 pounds when I began the Personal Trainer Food, but I’m instructed NOT to weigh for two weeks.)

Don’t Let Me Enjoy This Alone!

So… if you need to lose a bit of weight, join me!  I’m enjoying the food, the challenge, and the increase in energy from eliminating the carbs that makes me feel sluggish.  If you want to enjoy the kind of food I’m having, click here to order Personal Trainer Food for yourself.  (Using this link gives me credit for your purchase toward my own future purchases!)

And I promise I won’t write about every single meal…




  1. Lee Ann Miller says:

    Awesome ideas! Keep up the good work. I’m gonna try the squash casserole! Lee Ann

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