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My weight loss journey with Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Frozen Meals

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I have some exciting news, Bellesouth readers and friends: Since May, I have lost 32 pounds!!! Check me out!

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The photo on the left is one that I took right before heading out to a cocktail party at SoFabCon back in May. I’m wearing Spanx, so while I may look cute, I feel like a sausage and am thinking, “I am going to die before the night is over.”  The one on the right is me right before celebrating the last day of Summer by going out to the lake with some friends. I am very thankful the shorts I’m wearing have a drawstring, because they are two sizes too big for me!!! You really don’t see the difference until you compare photos of yourself.

Lots of my friends have asked me what program I’m on, or what I’m doing. Here’s my secret: It’s this AMAZING breakthrough plan called “Counting Calories and Exercising.” It really works, and I use a handy app called MyFitnessPal to help me out. I’m not on a “diet.” I don’t deprive myself, and I don’t beat myself up if I go over my daily calorie limit. As a result, I’ve dropped a shirt size, am about to drop a second pants size, and I’m really feeling better about myself. I was given the opportunity to try out a new line of healthy meals called Honestly Good 100% Natural meals by Lean Cuisine. These meals are ready in about four minutes, and are extremely tasty!!!

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At around 350 calories each, these meals are a great way to watch your calories, eat good-quality foods with delicious and healthy ingredients, and definitely NOT feel like you’re depriving yourself.

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These come in six varieties and are available in some Walmart stores. One of my favorites is the lemongrass salmon pictured above, which features a whole coconut-crusted, wild-caught salmon filet, ginger-lemongrass sauce in a separate pouch, a vegetable blend of snap peas, orange and yellow carrots and edamame, and brown rice with wheatberries. Sounds NOM, right? Trust me, it is – and it’s only 350 calories for the whole thing. That’s a good, healthy lunch or dinner.

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Each meal comes in steam-friendly packaging and is accompanied by a sauce packet to complement your meal. You defrost the sauce packet under warm water during Step 1 of your cooking process, and pour the sauce over the meal before you put it back into the microwave to complete it.

When it’s done, you have a beautiful, steaming-hot meal that just needs your fork and your mouth. Let’s watch the magic happen.

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Bite after bite of consistent yumminess!! An absolutely GORGEOUS meal that cost less than $4 and was just as tasty as it looks. I loved the coconut crust, and the salmon has a light taste, which was surprising since normally salmon has a very strong, pungent smell and taste. The vegetables were an amazing blend; I LOVE edamame and the addition of the other veggies really complimented the fish and the wheatberry rice quite well. Even in spite of the mishaps, This meal gets an A+ from me. I’ve already tried two of the six varieties – the Salmon and the plum-ginger grain-crusted fish, and these are some of the best frozen meals I’ve had.

Other flavors include: Honey Citrus Chicken, Pomegranate Chicken, and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Chicken. You will find these meals in the “Healthy Meals” section in your grocer’s freezer; close to things such as organic meals and vegetarian dishes. I hope the rest of these are as honestly good as the other ones!

I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I’m sure I will struggle with it for the rest of my life. But all I know is, when I’ve lost weight, I’ve never lost more than 30 pounds at a time. And yet I keep losing. And this is my philosophy: Don’t deprive yourself. If you want that slice of pizza, eat it. Just put it in your daily calorie intake. Get outside and take the dog for a walk, or chase him around the house if it’s too cold outside.

Don’t think there is a food you cannot eat UNLESS, of course, you are allergic to it or have an intolerance for it. And if you splurge over the weekend, do not beat yourself up over it. Just go back to counting your calories, and eventually you’ll make better food choices, such as Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Frozen Meals.

Most importantly, if there’s someone in your life who is not helpful to you along your journey, or, worst yet, criticizes you on how you “still look” while you’re on that journey, either tell that person not to speak of it again, or remove yourself from that person. Because they will only hinder your journey. Surround yourself with people who will cheer you on.

And, of course, always consult your physician before beginning any type of diet or exercise program.

I tell people – I don’t know if this will last. But so far, this has been the easiest and most reasonable way I’ve done this. And I feel like I am LIVING.  I’m trying to beat diagnoses of Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. I’m winning so far. I’ll check back in with you in a few more months to see if I’ve made any progress.

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  • Shelby Barone
    October 16, 2013, 12:03 pm

    You are so inspirational! Thank you for sharing #client

    • Bellesouth
      October 16, 2013, 3:14 pm

      Thank you, Shelby! Now I’m up to 33 pounds! Slow and steady wins the race!


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