It has been a week and a half without cheese and so far so good! It has definitely been a challenge but oddly enough not THAT difficult. Yes I have had a few cravings for mac and cheese and yes it was slightly difficult when Adam got a cheese pizza for dinner and I made fish, veggies and pasta but it's been good - I have not had one piece of cheese since lent started on Wednesday, February 13th.
The best part of my 'no cheese' time though is that I am down 3 LBS! Now I am pretty sure that the 3 LBS is not solely attributed to not eating cheese but in the absence of cheese I have been focusing on making healthier decisions; and furthermore it has really forced me to focus on what I am eating. For instance, yesterday we went to Manchester, VT and went out to lunch - the only place that was open at that time of day (around 2:30 PM) was a pizza and pasta shop; they offered to go elsewhere but I said that no, this place would be fine. I considered the menu for a long time and asked numerous questions of the girl behind the counter - she may or may not have had to go back and ask the chef more than once if cheese was in a certain dish. I contemplated a sub but to me subs just aren't the same without cheese (not yet at least), then I thought pesto pasta would be a winner but no, that dish had cheese in the sauce as well. I ended up getting a chicken caesar salad with no cheese and a non-creamy caesar style dressing. It was a small victory but I was so proud of myself! Later that night I took the extra time and made pasta with veggies and a piece of fish - another victory!
The true test of my no cheese stand will come when I begin traveling next week. Starting next week I travel to Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa, then the following week I am in Orlando, Florida for the week followed by a stint in western New York, Springfield, Missouri and Connecticut. Since we will be on our own for all our meals I think one of my strategies will be to bring/buy groceries and 'eat-in' for breakfast and lunch. This plan will also save me a ton of money and make my perdieum check even larger!
And with that here is my fitness schedule for the upcoming week!
Workout Schedule for February 24 - March 2, 2013
Sunday: 45 Minute Incline/Speed Treadmill Workout
Monday: Spin Class at VENT Fitness
Tuesday: TBD - Treadmill Workout
Wednesday: Spin Class at VENT Fitness
Thursday: Insanity DVD or Hotel Gym Workout (Des Moines, Iowa)
Friday: Insanity DVD or Hotel Gym Workout (Davenport, Iowa)
Happy Sunday! On tonight's menu beef stroganoff! I'll be sure to blog about that and other recipes I have attempted soon!