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Couscous Salad

Happy Hump Day everyone! 🙂

Yesterday turned out to be a good, productive day. I had a baked sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa (from Trader Joe’s) for lunch with a salad on the side. The sweet potato black bean combo is delicious; you have to try it if you haven’t before. I had a sliced red bell pepper on the side.

After work, I did a workout of 2.75 miles on the treadmill (26 minutes), 26 minutes on the elliptical, and upper body weights (back, chest, biceps, triceps).

For dinner, I made a couscous salad. I love making couscous salad because it’s light, delicious, and you can make it with pretty much anything you have around the house. Last night, I used a cucumber (seeds removed and chopped), a chopped red bell pepper, a can of chickpeas, couscous, the juice of one lemon, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Here’s a picture of all the ingredients, minus the couscous. I ended up adding some shrimp on top for protein and had roasted cauliflower on the side, and put 1 tsp olive oil on each the couscous and the cauliflower. Other variations I have made with the couscous salad have included using kidney beans or another type of beans in place of the chickpeas, and using spinach, tomatoes, and a variety of other veggies. I also have tossed olive oil through the salad, and pretty much any way you do it it turns out great!

And now for a slight update on the Beck Diet Solution book. I have started going through it, and honestly it is really speaking to me. It talks all about the differences in the way a lot of people who struggle with their weight v. naturally thin people think, and literally everything they say about people who struggle with their weight is something I experience. It says naturally thin people don’t panic when they’re hungry, they say “It’s OK. Lunch will be in a few hours.” and then do something else. To me, that is crazy! When I think I might get hungry, I start to freak out. It also says it’s going to help me to learn to differentiate between physical hunger and the desire to eat, which before starting this book, I hadn’t given too much thought to.

The basic idea of the book is that there are six weeks of exercises, and you do a new one each day. Day One included making an Advantages Response Card where you list all the reasons why you want to lose weight.

That’s a picture of mine. You have to commit to reading it at least twice a day, and set a reminder system somehow so you don’t forget. I put a task in my outlook daily in the morning for me to read it, and then am just leaving it up to myself to remember to read it again later in the day. The next day involved choosing two diets, Plan A and Plan B. I am obviously going with Weight Watchers, and Plan B for me will be the Simply Filling Technique (which I have been toying with the idea of switching over to lately anyways). Day three involves committing to only eating while sitting down.

So, I’m obviously still in the beginning stages of this book, but I think it’s going to be pretty eye opening. Even if I don’t fully follow through with everything in it, I can already tell that it’s making a difference in the way that I’m thinking, and I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the book and trying out some more of the exercises.

For those of you who have gone through this book before, have you stuck to it to a T and followed each of the tasks day by day, or have you just read it and allowed it to open your eyes a bit and been more flexible with the tasks than Dr. Beck suggests?

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday so far!


2 Responses

  1. The Beck Diet Solution book sounds great, I’ll have to check it out. I read Ultra-Metabolism last month, and it had some good hints in it, but I was overall not terribly impressed. On Amazon, I saw that there is a workbook that goes with the Beck book – do you have to have both to do the exercises?

    • I just have the book, but I did see the workbook that goes along with it. You don’t NEED the workbook, and if you’re in DC like I think you are, there are several in the Border’s on 14th and F NW for $2.99 in the bargain books section! The only supplies you need are post its, a notebook, and index cards to do the exercises.

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