Hola! This week was really good. That makes two good weeks in a row. Woohoo! If I can keep it up, I’ll be at goal in no time.
Last week’s weight loss was 2.4 lbs. This week’s weight loss was 1.6 lbs. Anything over 1.5 and I’m happy but after everything I ate yesterday, wait until you hear what all I ate, I’m ecstatic with seeing this.
So yesterday one of my friends and I went to Ren Fest. I was planning on sharing my free turkey leg, Thank You Sis!, with her and her son. Turns out her son didn’t want to go and she wasn’t in the mood for a turkey leg. So I had it all for myself. I started off only going to eat part of it. I even told her this. Soon though I realized this was not happening and that I was in fact going to eat the whole thing myself.
Oh yeah, it sprinkled on and off for a while hence the shirt on my head. lol
She chose to go with the Duke Dog which was mac and cheese on a hot dog. Oh my, did it look yummy! I’ve seen them on TV but never in person. I might have to make some at home in the near future.
Doesn’t that look good? It sure did to me.
For dessert we shared some fried Oreos. Yumm! I decided that today was the last festival of the year, for me. That Ren Fest only comes around once a year. Therefore, all bets were off and I was having a cheat day. Yay!
What is one of my favorite drinks but that I have not had since starting Weight Watchers because it is so high in points? Hard Cider! I had one yesterday. =)
Actually I had two.
It was a cheat day after all. 😉
I love Ren Fest. I don’t go every year but do try to go most years. My friend Tara and I went last year as well as this year. We might just make this an annual get together. =)
One of the great things about Ren Fest is all of the characters that you see. I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I normally do but I did get a few in. As well as a video.
Toward the end of our visit that sprinkle from earlier turned in to a storm. Not just a little rain but an actual storm. It was a little crazy!
We had been getting ready to watch the “Mud Show” when the rain started coming down. Fortunately we were close to a beer garden and was able to stand under their tent to watch the show. They were troopers for continuing on with it.
After the show, we stayed in the tent for a while longer before deciding to take a run for it. We were soaked when we got back to Tara’s vehicle. Worth it though for the memories!
So turkey leg, fried Oreos and 2 hard ciders. Not terrible right? Oh but that was nothing compared to what I ate at my Mom’s that night. I ate my Mom’s leftovers from her dinner – steak, baked potato and corn then had a bowl of chocolate ice cram with chocolate swirl for dessert with a side of chocolate brownie and a chocolate square she always has on hand in her freezer. But it doesn’t end there. I then looked in her pantry and found some chocolate donuts and chips. I then went back for some chex mix. I went crazy!
So crazy that I actually had a stomach ache that night.
The sad thing is that I used to eat like this all of the time. Every day was a cheat day and my Mom always has junk food on hand. Where I don’t keep much in my house for this exact reason. She has it all of the time. And not just one or two items but such a variety that it can be dangerous.
This morning when I weighed in I was a little worried that my good week had been ruined after my weakness the night before. I was shocked to see that I had still lost 1.6 lbs. Woohoo! I’ll take it!
I am so close. So close! I have officially lost 37 lbs and am now 10.4 lbs away from my goal. 10 lbs people! I am doing this!!
Ok let’s take it back a minute. This week’s meeting was about cholesterol. I’m going to be completely honest here, I know nothing about cholesterol. I know that you don’t want to have high cholesterol but that’s about it. I don’t know what causes it. The terms that are related to it. How you can control it. None of it.
I still knew very little after coming out of today’s meeting. In fact, the meeting brought up more questions than answers. I did learn that foods high in saturated fats lead to high cholesterol. Also that there are foods that do not affect your cholesterol such as shrimp, eggs and I think salmon. But not much more. So I decided to do a little bit of research on my own.
I’m going to pass on some of what I have learned to you all now. I remind you that I know nothing of the subject. I am also forewarning you that I am getting all of my information from the internet. I’m saying this for two reasons. The first is if it’s wrong or inaccurate in any way, don’t blame me. Please look things up for yourself just to be on the safe side. And two, if I am wrong and you know the truth, please let me know. I don’t want to be wrong and make food decisions based off of inaccurate information I believed to be true.
First things first, what in the heck is cholesterol?
According to Heart.org, cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells. We get cholesterol from two sources, what are body makes and from foods we eat from animals. It sounds like our body, our liver, makes all that we need. Anything else, comes from what we eat. Certain foods that contain cholesterol are high in saturated and trans fats. This causes our liver to produce more cholesterol than we need. This can become very unhealthy for some.
During our meeting the acronyms LDL and HDL were mentioned a lot. I still do not know what these stand for or what they mean. Just that one is good and one is bad, I think. So I looked it up.
Apparently there are two types of cholesterol, good and bad. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is bad for you while HDL, high-density lipoprotein, is good. LDL contributes to fatty build ups in your arteries whereas HDL carries the LDL away from your arteries and back to your liver. Here it can be broken down and passed from the body.
Ok so what causes high cholesterol?
This seems simple enough. Our body produces all the LDL that we need. Therefore the cause of high cholesterol is from lack of exercise and/or eating unhealthy foods.
What foods are high in saturated or trans fats?
Some foods that are high in saturated or trans fats are red meat, dairy products made with whole milk, fried foods, sugar and even baked goods.
How can I lower my saturated fat intake?
Eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts will help lower your saturated fat in take. Some easy swaps would be ground turkey for ground beef, greek yogurt for sour cream or fish instead of steak.
What is a good rule of thumb for how much saturated fat one should eat?
For those that count calories, no more than 5-6% of your daily calorie intake should come from saturated fats. For a person on a 2,000 calorie diet, this would mean no more than 13 grams of fat per day.
Ok, so how much saturated fats are in the foods that we eat?
This was a little trickier to find. I don’t necessarily know the size of the foods but here are some examples of numbers. Please look them up more on your own.
- Steak – 21g
- Chicken breast without skin – .9 g
- Chicken thigh without skin – 3 g
- Salmon – 1.7 g
- Pork – 4.4g
- Ground beef 70/30 – 51 g
- Ground beef 80/20 – 7g
- Ground beef 90/10 – 3.4 g
- Ground turkey – 2.2 g
- Whole milk – 4.6g
- 2% milk – 3.1 g
- 1% milk – 1.5 g
- 1 slice American cheese – 5g
- 1 oz goat cheese – 6g
- Cottage cheese – 3.9g
- Large egg – 1.6g
- 1 oz dark chocolate – 5g
I could go on and on but this gives you an idea. It gave me an idea at least.
I hope this helps you guys understand cholesterol a little more. It has certainly helped me. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert because I’m not even close. But at least I have a better idea as to what it is, what causes it and how I can lower it if need be.