Hello, I'm a young bride who was very lucky to find the perfect dress on sale (from $900/$1000 to $450 with tax). I can wear this gown perfectly as of a few months ago. My wedding isn't until May 28, 2011. I was wondering what I can do to keep myself at this weight. I would prefer to eat into my dress rather than diet in. The slight problem I have is that when it comes to food, I still live at home and don't do the grocery shopping. How can I maintain/lose weight without asking my parents to spend a fortune on food?
If you're stuck with the same choices for dinner each night - meat, potato & veg - then at least you could prepare your portion to your liking, no? If you're having steak, season it, grill it or broil it - no extra fat necessary. If you're having chicken, you can do the same, using just a little olive oil to keep from sticking...or you could bake it for about 25-30 minutes depending on size of portion. You can pretty much use any of these techniques with all other types of meat product.
For the potato, if treated properly it's not such a bad option. You could bake your portion, or you could boil it and mash it and mix with a little low fat sour cream, S&P and it tastes pretty good (for lowfat).Or, my personal favorite, is to roast potatoes. I use red ones, but you can pretty much do whatever (except idaho, they get mushy). Cut into cubes, toss with a bit of olive oil, S&P, garlic or garlic powder and any other spices/herbs you like. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes or so, depending on size of pieces. Soooo good. My favorite addition for baked potatoes that contains no fat or calories is I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray butter. Gives that butter taste without the butter....I put it on everything! It's only about $2.50, so maybe you could invest in this and use it for your dinners.
For the veg, they do make low sodium canned vegetables now which are a little more healthy. If there's any possibility of making a switch, I would try looking in the freezer section. I just bought a package of steam-in-the-bag- vegetable WITH sauce, and they were still low cal, low fat and pretty low sodium. They've come a long way! Your parents may even like these more then the canned version because they have even more flavor! They're not expensive either....especially if you buy at Walmart :) See if your parents will try it just ONCE....and then go from there! Hope this helps!
You know there is no law saying you have to eat the way they are eating. If your mother makes chicken breast take the skin off before you cook it. Take smaller portions of the potatos, double up on the veggies. The farmer's markets will be available soon if not already, try to introduce some fresh veggies. The suggestion of frozen veggies is a good one. If at all possible try to introduce fish (a couple times a week) into your families diet.
Another good thing is to pack your lunch instead of buying it. Add more fruit to your diet and drink plenty of water. I like walking, but if I can't do that I watch exercise TV. They have a variety of programs so you will not get bored.
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As of now for exercise routine consists of tennis every other day with my fiance. The time for our tennis is about two hours and varies in intensity. I haven't tried on the gown yet to see if its working. That is my next goal besides have to show it to the FMIL.