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Nice dinner substititution: a Weight Watchers Smart Ones enchilada suiza + one WW Smart Ones Santa Fe Rice & Beans in place of two frozen burritos. Yummy!

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Printable Mediterranean Diet shopping list

Vegetables in a grocery store, Paris

Long-time readers know that I continually flirt with the Mediterranean Diet. I like the idea, I love that the diet is heart-friendly, and I truly love that this is a diet in style-sense, not in weight-loss sense.

My problem is not having the food stuffs that I need for the Med diet on-hand at home. And I never know what to buy when I am at the grocery store. So I did a quick Google search to find suggestions for what to put on a shopping list. Lo and behold, I found an actual printable shopping list!

No need to carry your Advanced Mediterranean book to the store with you now.  Just print out the grocery list PDF on your printer holding standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

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via Printable documents for the Advanced Mediterranean Diet.

Now that I have the stuff I need to eat according to the diet, it’ll be much easier to actually do it. At least part of the time.

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Surprise weigh-in (April 12, 2011)

This week’s weight: 307.6
Difference from last week: -0.4
This year’s change: +1.6

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Never look a gift-horse in the mouth. And never be enough of a dunder-head to sabotage yourself! I had made a firm commitment to myself that I would follow the Plan completely, with no cheating, no fudging, no forgetting to track foods. Everything completely by-the-book.

That started on a Tuesday: by Friday I had not seen a loss at all. (On my home scale, of course.) I was very annoyed and discouraged, and I thought to myself: why bother being good? If I am not going to lose, or if I am going to gain weight while sticking to the plan, why not just eat what I want?

Strawberry milkshake
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And so I went on a weekend splurge. Milkshakes! Burgers! Big bags of candy! It was – theoretically – yummy! (I say theoretically because I still face the problems I always do, i.e. things are never as good as I think they will be. ‘cept for the milkshake, that was damned good.)

Walking into WeightWatchers for the weigh-in, I knew what the tale of the scale would be. I figured I was looking at a minimum of a 2lb gain. At least 2lbs. Maybe more like 3lbs. So you can imagine my shock when I saw the result: down 0.4 lbs. DOWN!

Now, I know that you might expect me to be happy about that. A loss is a loss, right? But truth is, inside, I wanted to cry. Or stamp my feet. Because this means I sabotaged myself over the weekend. The first half of my week ended up kicking ass. I might’ve been down 2 or 3lbs if I had kept on keeping on. But since I went on my bender, I not only hurt my health, but I screwed my weigh-in for the week.

What the hell was I thinking? 😥

– M

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