Words of Wisdom Wednesday: From Bob Harper
(Not really a) Tunes for Tuesday: Playing House blooper reel!

Nourished and hydrated

Down another pound this week to make a total of 3 pounds in 2 weeks. I'm happy with that.

(Just stopped myself before I started explaining why it could have been more. I need to stop doing that!)

I'm on Phase 2 of the super top-secret 12-week plan and there's more freedom in the dense carbs and fruits, but I'm still choosing to ignore stuff like breads, crackers, pasta and similar foods. But as for fruit, the universe has expanded to all fruits. Still, I'm going to choose ones on the lower end of the glycemic spectrum, give or take a frozen banana half in a smoothie.

I've also been eating a lot more real food. I can't remember the last time I ate a protein bar or frozen meal. Sure, they're quick and easy but the real food satisfies me more. 

Trader joes fresh cheese sticks
I am down to the last 3 cheese sticks in this package, which has gone into deep hiding in the fridge.

There still are a few quick grab-and-go snacks in my arsenal. I picked up some mozzarella sticks at Trader Joe's and they're different than most cheese sticks in that it's fresh mozzarella. Same calories and nutrition but really good. Sometimes I pair it with an apple or a cup of berries, sometimes it's just the cheese. The important nutrient for me to focus on is protein, so I make sure it's the centerpiece of all meals and snacks.

The meals and snacks I'm making have me feeling satiated and, well, nourished, instead of just fed.

I think the biggest impact on my health and weight loss this week has been getting in at least 64 ounces of water every day. That water bottle I bought gives me just enough visual stimulus to see how easy it is to get in those 8 glasses. 

That said, I should buy stock in toilet paper.

I asked my dietitian whether the body starts to adapt better to drinking all that water and she said, basically, no. Whatever. I'm still doing it because I've been feeling really good -- alert, awake and  hydrated.

My 3-month PMS finally subsided and my hunger signals are finally back to normal again. But since I have no idea what my hormones are up to, I asked my dietitian how I can deal with my hormonal roller coaster and she gave me one of her brochures on Hormone Friendly Diet Principles, so I have some lovely reading to do tonight. (For you, one word -- sweet potatoes. OK, that's 2 words, but sweet potatoes.)

On the fitness front, I decided to switch up my Tuesdays and Thursdays to DDP Yoga. If you're not familiar with DDP Yoga, it was created by former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page (DDP). I'd describe it as power yoga with some tai chi and isometrics to keep your energy up and your heart rate elevated. I wrote about it a few years ago and just stashed away the program. Then I lent it to my sister, who also stashed it away. I finally asked for it back and promptly stashed it away again. But I was cleaning out the office and found the set, so I decided to finally, FINALLY! use it. It's fun!

So, that's all I've got for today. 

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