Today was more challenging to stay on target with my plan, but I walked into the day prepared. For both lunch and dinner I knew that I would be away from my home. My school had an outdoor workshop event with food (hot dogs, deli sandwiches, salads, etc.) and I knew everything besides the salad was NOT an option for me. Instead, I packed my own lunch, arrived 30 minutes earlier, went into my classroom and enjoyed my lunch by myself, which included a spicy vegetarian soup and a salad with goat cheese and carrots. My snack was a rye cracker with yes, my favorite....raw almond butter....YUM, YUM, YUM! A friend had asked me to go out to dinner and I told him that it would be a bit challenging since I wanted to stick to this as best as I could, so I made dinner for him. Instead of chicken, I made quinoa with an apricot glaze....again, delicious. The quinoa was spread over a bed of arugula accompanied by a side of beet and carrot salad and sauteed zucchini and onions with basil and manchego cheese. If you've never had manchego cheese, you should. It's made from raw sheep milk and aged between 6 and 12 months. It was the perfect touch! I forgot the chocolate, BUT I did enjoy a few glasses of Cabernet.
This morning I weighed in and lost another .8 pounds. I was a bit shocked at that because I always thought drinking wine late at night would make me gain weight, but obviously this wasn't the case last night. In fact, red wine can aide in losing weight, interestingly enough.
I have not exercised at all, btw. In fact I haven't exercised in months due to my sciatica. I am nearly healed and hope to start exercising soon. I tell you this because even without exercise I am still able to shed pounds. I know, however, once I building more muscles, this may change my scale number.