Back on The Plan

Yes, I was disappointed that I didn’t see a change in the scale after a week of denying myself things I love (chocolate, fruit, bread). I don’t feel angry or upset that I didn’t lose weight. I suppose I feel more vindicated in my belief that fad diets just don’t work and counting calories works for ME. That being said, I agreed to  continue “The Diet” for one more week. I want Michael to feel supported in his efforts to lose weight and he’s pretty stoked having seen a 5 pound loss.

I think this week we have a much better Meal Plan worked out so that I won’t be so miserable–or burned out on eating the same foods. First, I’m going to make a 13 Bean Soup for us to alternate for lunches. The plan LAST WEEK had been to make Lentil Soup to take for lunches when we got sick of salads. I never had the time to make the soup so we were both burned out by mid-week on eating salads every day.

The plan will be modified in one area: I am going back to drinking coffee at work with my flavored creamer. I really don’t care if the 5 grams of Sugar/Carbs end up effecting the scale next week because I want my one cup of coffee a day. I tried going coffee-free last week and just felt lethargic. Drinking tea did nothing for me. It was a strange phenomenon because I went coffee-free for a whole year last year and went through no withdrawals and had no side effects. I never felt tired, I never craved coffee, I didn’t miss it. So why did it effect me SO MUCH last week??

I probably won’t post my food every day and every meal. There will be a few modifications for what we eat and I’ll describe those and show the new meals we try. But honestly I think you guys have a good idea of what type of food is eaten on this diet.


Sunday morning I slept in a bit and Michael and I had a huge breakfast (being back on The Diet). I let it digest a bit before I headed to the pool. Sunday’s swim was MUCH better! My arms were SORE from weight lifting on Saturday but they weren’t FATIGUED like they were on Friday. I had energy, I was fast, I felt strong and everything was a-okay in the pool. The only downside? No matter how hard or fast I swam, I could not get my heart rate up for the life of me. I have no idea why my heart rate was staying so low but as a result, I did not burn much in the calorie department. 🙁

I saw a guy in the pool who was really struggling with his swimming. He had a good body so I could tell he worked out a lot, but maybe swimming wasn’t his normal exercise? I really wanted to help him and give him some pointers to hopefully make it easier on him but I didn’t. I never know if comments or suggestions would be welcomed by people, so I usually keep quiet. First, his head wasn’t aligned right. He was swimming the Front Crawl/Freestyle. His chin was almost touching his chest. I could not figure out why he held his head that way because it made his whole body out of alignment. Next, because his head was too low, his arms weren’t stroking right. Not only that he didn’t do the full stroke. He stopped just under the water instead of rotating all the way down through the water. A trick I learned: you thumbs should brush the outside of your thighs with each stroke. That means you are doing it right. When your arms aren’t doing the full motion, you do more damage than good and fatigue very quickly. Most of swimming is in the upper body so it’s VERY important to get that part right. Lastly, his legs were flailing around under the water. Scissor kick! Don’t just kick from the knees. Not only will it not work right and slow you down, you’re likely to hurt your hips.

Calories Burned: 321 (pathetic)


Caesar Salad

Blackened Chicken Breast

Hearts of Romaine lettuce, homemade Caesar dressing, NO croutons, freshly grated Parmesan and pepper. Topped with Blackened chicken. Delicious! I love this salad. This is my new favorite salad, the second being the Cobb Salad I had last week. Michael blackened the chicken breasts in the skillet with his homemade concoction, then he baked the chicken in the oven until it reached the proper temperature. It’s absolutely perfect: not dry at all! So tasty.

Calories:   400     |    Carbs: 13g     |     Protein: 31g   |     Fiber 4g



Lamb Steak

13 Bean Soup (recipe to follow)

I marinaded the lamb in soy sauce, red wine, a splash of teriyaki, minced garlic, freshly chopped basil, sea salt, and pepper. The recipe I found also called for fresh mint–which I didn’t have, so I skipped that.

Dinner was brown and not appetizing looking at all, I know. But it was tasty. The bean soup was fantastic and I’m really happy how it turned out! The lamb steak was delicious too. It was very tender and tasty, a little on the fatty side but still great. I was kind of disappointed that we split the one lamb steak instead of each having one because my cut had the bone in it too–so less steak for me. Oh well.

I’m happy we finally tried preparing lamb at home. I don’t know why we never did. But now we can do it again and try other recipes too.

Calories:  806    |    Carbs: 66g     |     Protein: 68g   |       Fiber 15g


Calories:  1,896   |    Carbs: 142g     |     Protein: 139g   |       Fiber 30g


QUESTION: What is your favorite recipe for preparing lamb? Would love some tips and ideas!

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

12 thoughts on “Back on The Plan”

    1. Oh I know it’s not “nothing” but when I usually burn 400+ calories for a swim session it’s really hard not to compare. For swimming I compare my time/calories burned/etc to see progress and stuff. I agree that calories aren’t always the most important thing though.

  1. I think you are right, 144 is your comfortable weight! I think you look awesome, if that helps!

    With the guy at the pool, maybe next time try and catch him and strike up a convo. Like “Hey, have you been swimming long?”. Its much nicer to get advice that way!

  2. when did you stop coffee for a year, was it when you were very actively losing weight? 🙂 if so it’s probably because you had something that you wanted SO MUCH MORE than coffee, right? now you are at (or nearly?) your perfect weight, and you know that your drinking coffee now isn’t necessarily a hinderance… just a thought! 😀

    1. It’s a good theory. But last year I quit coffee because of insomnia I was having.

      But I think you might be right on in terms of being where I’m probably supposed to be. I think that’s why the diet isn’t working for me and I’m having a hard time being enthusiastic about it.

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