Weight loss update
My 40 lbs Weight Loss

2 Month Update on my 40 lbs Weight-loss Mission

In this post, I’ll give an update on my weight, 2 months into my weight-loss mission, and I’ll share what I’ve been eating over the last 2 weeks.

To see the previous updates on my mission to lose 40 lbs by July 1, 2022, check out the following posts . . .

Weight loss update on 40 lbs weight loss

January was a terrific month for me in terms of weight loss. At the end of the month, I was down 11.4 lbs, and I was thrilled. Then February came along. You’ll see how things went in my food record, below, as well as in my Day 42 update.

I indulged a few times too many in February and gained some of the weight back. I got back up to 172.8 lbs. Although I was discouraged by the setback, I did not let that weight gain squash my goal to lose 40 lbs by July 1, 2022.

I persevered and regrouped.

My weight today, 168.6 lbs might be higher than it was on February 1, but it is almost 5 lbs lighter than my peak in Feb. of 172.8.

This means that after two months of working towards my goal, I’m happy with a 10.2 lb total loss in 2 months.

I’m looking forward to making even more progress in March. With 4 months remaining until my July 1 goal, I have 29.8 pounds left to lose. That averages about 7.5 lbs per month. Still doable (about 1.7 lbs per week).

Over the the last two weeks (since my Day 42 Update)…

You’ll see in my food record below that I indulged over a 5 day period (Feb. 18 to 22). I gained 3 pounds between the 15th and the 21st and struggled to return to eating healthy food most of the time.

I needed to reset my taste buds, and get back to loving healthy food, so I decided to use the Mary’s Mini Diet to help me, for 6 days or more, beginning Feb. 23.

I’ve lost 4.2 lbs during the six days I’ve been on the Mary’s Mini diet (although I did modify the diet a bit on most days). I’m enjoying eating simple food and not having to make too many decisions about what to eat.

The 50/50 plate really helps! See Day 52 in my food record for what a 50/50 plate looks like.

I’ll continue with Mary’s Mini, but I’m not sure for how long…maybe for the recommended 10 days to really help my taste buds reset to loving healthy food. 

In my food record, below, I’ve integrated notes into each day’s report.

My Food Record from Feb. 15 – 28

My goal is for most of the food I eat to be whole, plant foods, which have a high nutrient density, a low calorie density, and which are low in fat.

Foods that do not fit into what I consider to be my ideal diet are: alcohol, caffeine, highly processed foods, added oils, added sugar, excess salt, meat, dairy and eggs.

I want to ensure my breast cancer does not return (diagnosed, and lump removed, in 2020), and I want to let my body get healthy and drop the unnecessary weight. By eliminating foods that don’t promote health, and by focusing on eating whole plant foods most of the time, I will be well on my way there.

Changing how I eat is a process. It will take time, and I will never be perfect.

Any food with a * beside it means it’s a food I believe does not promote health in the body when consumed regularly or in excess. Such a food would be considered an indulgence or a treat for me. 

Some of those foods are processed foods, which can have more fat, sugar and salt than you realize. To get the scoop on reading labels the right way, so you have the full information you need to make healthier choices. get my FREE Guide on Reading Food Labels.

Most photos of what I ate are included; almost all the food I ate is listed (there may be a small thing here or there I forgot about).

Day 42 Feb. 15

  • Coffee: decaf (Nespresso) with Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (blended raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Fruit bowl: oranges, grapefruit, banana, apple and grapes, with lemon juice and ground flax seed
  • Homemade pea soup (leftovers from freezer) with chopped spinach and arugula
  • Avocado toast
  • Grapes 
  • Raw veggies with a bit of peppercorn ranch dressing
  • *Frozen steak fries (only 18% fat, but is a processed food with added oil)
  • *Trail mix (processed, roasted in oil, added sugar, high in fat and calorie dense)
  • Hot cocoa: homemade cashew milk, cocoa, dates, water
  • 3 L of water
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on treadmill twice
  • 2 x 7 minute workouts (App: 7 Min. Workout): full body and stretching
  • Shoveled
  • Finished last food at 7:40 pm
Day 42 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 43 Feb. 16

  • Coffee: decaf (Nespresso) with Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Potatoes with leftover stir fried veggies (red and orange pepper, broccoli, mushroom, onion) with chipotle sauce
  • Homemade hot cocoa: water, cacao nibs, dates, and homemade cashew milk
  • Japanese yams with horseradish sauce and hot mustard, raw beets and steamed snap peas
  • Homemade nice cream: frozen banana, frozen cherries, dates, water
  • 3 L of water
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on treadmill
  • Finished last food at 6:55 pm
Day 43 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 44 Feb. 17

  • Coffee: decaf (Nespresso) with Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water
  • Whole wheat tortilla with avocado, yellow pepper, arugula, spinach and snap peas, and avocado toast with arugula and spinach
  • Orange
  • Homemade red lentil flatbread with homemade hummus (chickpeas, dates, garlic, water, cumin, smoked paprika and salt) and topped with arugula and spinach, yellow peppers and sriracha sauce
  • Raw almonds, Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • *Beer
  • *Frozen French fries ((only 18% fat, but is a processed food with added oil)
  • *Breaded frozen chicken pieces (highly processed, high in fat) 
  • Dark chocolate
  • 3 L of water
  • Walked on treadmill
  • Casual body workout while watching a video
  • Finished last food at 8:00 pm
Day 44 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Days 45 – 49 (Feb. 18 – 22)

I indulged a lot over these next 5 days and missed several photos (didn’t tag all with the “Day” label either). I did not keep track of my water intake and drank alcohol 4 out of these 5 days! I also didn’t track when I ate my last meal each day. I walked on the treadmill on only 2 of the days.

Because it was a bit of a whirlwind of indulging, and because of my sporadic photos and documenting, I’ve listed some of the food I ate, but not day-by-day.

  • Healthier Choices: decaf coffee and Dandy blend coffee replacement with homemade cashew milk, avocado toast, oranges, grapes, cantaloupe, baked potato with salsa, homemade red lentil flatbread with homemade hummus, dark chocolate, club soda

Unhealthy/Less Healthy Choices: homemade pizza with meat, mushrooms, onions and peppers; cheese and crackers; chicken (processed, frozen, breaded); eggs; martini, wine and beer; potato chips; roasted sunflower seeds (roasted in oil, and I always eat a lot); chocolate cake

Days 45-49 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 50 Feb. 23  (Mary’s Mini Diet: Day 1)

Today was my first day doing the Mary’s Mini Diet, although I didn’t follow it 100%. I had a strong craving for salt and gave in by eating the last of my roasted sunflower seeds.

For Mary’s Mini, my choice of starch is potatoes (regular potatoes; white, yellow, red, russet), although today for dinner, I ate leftover sweet potatoes and Japanese yams.

Although I started the Mary’s Mini today, I didn’t batch cook my starch in advance (as is recommended), which made it easier for me to just have the leftover stuff for dinner. I still have leftover yams and sweet potatoes, and I really like them, so I’ll probably continue to eat them. I’m not supposed to switch between starches during this short-term diet that will reset my taste buds, so we’ll see how it goes.

I ended my day with Nice Cream (homemade dairy-free “ice cream”), which took me beyond my allowed one piece of fruit per day in the Mary’s Mini Diet. I was ok with that because my eating through the day was mostly on track, and I figured I could call the day a transition day. Some people would say that is an excuse, but I call it reality and not being hard on myself.

Even though I made modifications, they were still within, what I would call, a healthy food range (except for the sunflower seeds, which are ok in moderation, but I usually go to town on them). Compared to the food I’d been eating over the last three weeks, and especially the previous 5 days (pizza, cheese, lots of booze), adding a little more fruit than Mary’s Mini allowed was still super healthy.

What is important is what happens on the days that follow Day 1. Will I stick with it? Will I keep modifying in a way that takes me off track? Will I make excuses on the upcoming weekend and go back to wine and cheese? 

  • Coffee: decaf (Nespresso) with Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Steamed potatoes with broccoli and salt and pepper
  • Chopped salad: spinach, arugula, kale, cucumber, a few raspberries and balsamic vinegar
  • Half baked potato with salsa and chopped cilantro
  • Japanese yams, sweet potato and steamed snap peas with hot mustard and HP sauce
  • Nice cream: blended frozen banana, frozen berries, dates and water (This was more than one serving of fruit, which is the limit on Mary’s Mini)
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on the treadmill
  • Did some resistance exercises
  • Finished eating at 8:30 pm
Day 1 of Mary's Mini Diet, Day 50 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 51 Feb. 24 (Mary’s Mini Diet: Day 2)

I modified my Mary’s Mini again today. I ate really healthy food, so I’m still happy with it. 

  • Coffee: decaf (Nespresso) with Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Potatoes mixed with spinach, arugula, green onions and red onions, with garlic and nutritional yeast; broccoli and red peppers
  • Tea: Bengal spice by Celestial Seasonings (Thanks to my sister for introducing me to this tea!)
  • Japanese yams and sweet potatoes with sautéed veggies (broccoli, celery, mushrooms, spinach and arugula with veggie broth and a few spices), with 4 condiments to dip my yams/potatoes: hot mustard, HP sauce, Franks hot sauce, chipotle sauce and horseradish (horseradish did have some oil in it)
  • A bit of what I made my hubby for dinner: brown rice ramen noodles with stir fried veggies (the veggies were the same as the ones I had with my meal)
  • Nice cream: blended frozen banana, frozen berries, dates and water (This was more than one serving of fruit, which is the limit on Mary’s Mini)
  • 3 L of water
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on the treadmill
  • Finished eating at 6:45 pm
Day 2 of Mary's Mini Diet, Day 51 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 52 Feb. 25 (Mary’s Mini Diet: Day 3)

I modified my Mary’s Mini again today by having Japanese yams and sweet potatoes.

I’m noticing, even with my modifications, that I really am eating only when I’m hungry (what a concept!). I’m not trolling the cupboards or fridge, looking for something to nibble or gorge on. I’ve also become aware of how normally, I look to food for a little something. I’m not sure what that little something is, but now, if I want something, I have tea or a Dandy Blend (coffee replacement).

Doing this diet has made me more aware of how I often used food for comfort or to fill boredom or as a distraction. Now, food is just what it is supposed to be. Food feels like fuel to me, instead of pleasure. My goal is to see food this way for a lifetime.

What I’ve also noticed since being on the Mary’s Mini Diet is that before the diet, when I usually ate, I had vegetables, but this way of eating focuses on eating half my plate with non-starchy veggies (50/50 plate).

50 50 Plate, half starch, half no

At every meal. I’m definitely eating more veggies than I normally do.

You don’t have to separate your starch and veg on a plate; you can mix them together in any way you wish. The 50/50 plate is a visual to show you how much of each (starch and veg) you should be eating.

Today was Friday, the first day leading into the weekend. I did indulge on some sushi, but that was it, and I didn’t have any booze (empty calories and harmful to health). 🙂

  • Coffee: decaf (Nespresso) with Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Tea: Bengal spice by Celestial Seasonings
  • Baked potato (1.5) with sautéed veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, snap peas and red pepper) with fresh garlic, cumin, chili-garlic sauce, tamari and sweet chili sauce…topped with salsa
  • Homemade hot cocoa: cacao nibs, 2 dates, homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla, water) and water, blended
  • *Sushi with soy sauce, veggie tempura and miso soup (high in fat or salt)
  • Club soda
  • 3 L of water
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on the treadmill
  • 2 x 7 minute workouts (App: 7 Min. Workout): upper body and stretching
  • Finished eating at  7:15 pm
Day 3 of Mary's Mini Diet, Day 52 of my 40 lb

Day 53 Feb. 26 (Mary’s Mini Diet: Day 4)

Even with my modifications of the Mary’s Mini, I’m losing weight. 🙂

I know if I stick to this short-term diet more precisely, I would lose more weight, but to me, my weight loss is not a race. My ultimate goal is to learn how to be consistent with, and enjoy, a healthy diet as part of a long-term lifestyle that will give me better health (and the side effect of dropping unnecessary pounds).

  • Dandy blend (coffee replacement) homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water) Note: I’ve officially stopped drinking decaf coffee as of today. Although it has very little caffeine, I believe decaf coffee is not health promoting. Dandy Blend, on the other hand, is much better for me and has no caffeine at all. I may enjoy a decaf coffee or latte at Starbucks on occasion, but I’ve stopped buying it and drinking it daily as part of my morning routine. See Dandy Blend images below.
  • Half a baked potato for some energy before shoveling
  • Steamed potato with steamed broccoli and chopped arugula/spinach, with horseradish
  • Japanese yams and sweet potatoes with sautéed veggies (broccoli, celery, mushrooms, spinach and arugula with veggie broth and a few spices), with 4 condiments to dip my yams/potatoes: hot mustard, HP sauce, Franks hot sauce, chipotle sauce and horseradish (horseradish did have some oil in it)
  • Homemade hot cocoa: cacao nibs, 2 dates, homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla, water) and water, blended
  • Half a baked potato with salt and pepper as a late night snack
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on the treadmill
  • Shoveled
  • Finished eating at  11:00 pm
Dandy Blend coffee replacement, Day 53 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission
Day 4 of Mary's Mini Diet, Day 53 of 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 54 Feb. 27 (Mary’s Mini Diet: Day 5)

It’s so nice to wake up on a Sunday and know I didn’t over indulge on the weekend. I did have sushi on Friday night, but that was it. I didn’t turn to my often-repeated pattern of drinking wine and pigging out on cheese! 

Not only does it feel good to take actions aligned with my beliefs and goals, but I feel great. Lots of energy.

  • Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) with homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Homemade hot cocoa: cacao nibs, 2 dates, homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla, water) and water, blended
  • Baked potato with steamed broccoli, snap peas, chopped parsley, salsa and tomatillo salsa (this was very filling!)
  • Club soda with a wedge of lime
  • *Frozen French fries with vinegar and salt (fries are definitely a processed food made with oil, but they are only 18% fat–a reasonable treat for me)
  • *1 chicken wing, snatched off my hubby’s plate (high in fat)
  • Homemade veggie soup: onions, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, baby bok choy, water veggie broth, nutritional yeast, spices (cumin, celery salt, cayenne, sage, thyme, black pepper)
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on the treadmill
  • Finished eating at  6:00 pm
Day 5 of Mary's Mini Diet, Day 54 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

Day 55 Feb. 28  (Mary’s Mini Diet: Day 6)

When you look at the photos of what I ate today, it doesn’t look like much, but potatoes are filling. I wasn’t hungry, or looking for a little something to snack on, between my meals.

  • Dandy Blend (coffee replacement) with homemade cashew milk (raw cashews, dates, vanilla and water)
  • Steamed potatoes with salt, pepper and horseradish (has some oil)
  • Homemade veggie soup: onions, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, baby bok choy, water veggie broth, nutritional yeast, spices (cumin, celery salt, cayenne, sage, thyme, black pepper)…so easy to heat up soup already made and in the fridge!
  • Dandy Blend #2
  • Japanese yams and sweet potatoes with sautéed veggies (broccoli, celery, mushrooms, spinach and arugula with veggie broth and a few spices), with 4 condiments to dip my yams/potatoes: hot mustard, HP sauce, Franks hot sauce, chipotle sauce and horseradish (horseradish did have some oil in it)
  • Nice cream: blended frozen banana, frozen berries, dates and water (This was more than one serving of fruit, which is the limit on Mary’s Mini)
  • No alcohol
  • Walked on the treadmill
  • Shoveled
  • Finished eating at 7:00 pm
Day 6 of Mary's Mini Diet, Day 55 of my 40 lbs weight loss mission

I appreciate the challenges of February because they allowed me to show myself that I’m committed and that I won’t let obstacles take me out of the game!

Let’s go, March!

Live your true life,

Alison Carrey

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