I was getting a bit bored with my standard breakfast of scrambled egg whites with vegetables and whole-wheat toast, so I decided to change it up a bit. I found lowfat whole-grain waffles at the grocery store and was pleasantly surprised that each has just 70 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
I toasted two waffles, skipped the butter, and topped them with one tablespoon of organic maple syrup and freshly cut strawberries. I also scrambled two egg whites to add a little protein to the meal. It was delicious, healthy, and kept me satisfied until lunch.
I’ve found that it’s good to change my routine so I don’t get bored with the same foods and become tempted to indulge in unhealthy fare. There’s no need to eat the same thing day in and day out in order to lose weight. As long as I stick to healthy options and portion control, I’ve learned to experiment with many different culinary options and still meet my goals.
As my nutritionist, Keri Gans, says, “This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.” And it’s important that I have the tools to continue to maintain my weight long after my weight-loss journey at SHAPE is over.
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!