Gaining the Freshman 15 …

diat-052314-akp It has been 38 years since I have been a freshman in college, but somehow in this freshman year of retirement, I have gained the freshman 15.

I can make a list of excuses but I won’t. After getting on the scale I had to face facts.  In the past year I have established an unhealthy pattern of  losing 2 or 3 pounds and gaining them back within a few weeks.

Losing weight when, by virtue of your stature; (I am 5’2″) you burn less calories is more of a challenge than for the  5’7″ women who likes to run several miles every day.  In addition to being short, I am enjoying more time in my studio and I am just not vain enough for radical diets or exercise regimes.

What’s a girl to do? girl-wondering-what-to-do-about-a-problem_MJG5eBDd

Lucky for me I happen to subscribe to the “Glamorous Housewife” and it’s author  Bethany Herwegh;  has a weekly video that was just what I needed. I started following Bethany because she had such a successful blog, I wanted to duplicate her success with a different demographic. Along the way I have really enjoyed and learned a lot from this young Mom.

Dieting Advice Confusion Monitor Shows Diet Information And Recommendations This week her video newsletter was about how she managed to lose 10 pounds, shedding about a pound a week in a couple of months.

Like me Bethany is petite. She has experimented with several diets which restrict certain foods and encourage eating other foods but did not find the right fit  for her busy life until she found information online about keeping your calories to 1200 per day to lose and maintain a healthy weight.

No changes in the type of food you eat or cook for your family. No special grocery lists or learning curve.

Just focus on calories by limiting proportions.


I have used a calorie counter in the past which I have on my phone and on my computer.  The one I like is called My Fitness Pal, but there several on the market. This on is free and easy to use. What Bethany says (I believe) her is that by tracking all her food and keeping consumption at 1200 calories the weight melted off.

Same activity/Less Food

images In the past, I have had success with Jenny Craig. In that program they limit your calories by providing all your meals. They also encouraged drinking water and keeping track of daily activity. I still drink lot’s of water and I have a a Fitbit which I use to make sure I am getting enough steps in my daily routine. The goal for me is have a healthy weight and happy life without jumping through a lot of hoops.

Problem: When the programed meals go away, I gradually gain the weight back because I didn't keep track of my calories.

This week I am starting with figuring out the approximate calories in favorite recipes.  I am adding foods I make to my food tracker. This way, I can just select them without having to re enter the data. Here is a recipe I love and make often in warm weather. It’s a cold couscous salad.

salad collage

The recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of salad. The couscous is 180 calories for a 1/3 of a cup. Total calories 540 calories. The onions are 17. You can double this amount if you like it a little spicy. Let’s say 30 calories. Pesto is about 80 calories in each tablespoon so figure 240. The sun dried tomatoes are 35 calories for 2 tablespoons.  Figure 50 calories. Mint does not really count.

Add it all up and the recipe is  about 860 calories and makes 10 servings of about 86 calories. I log this in at 100 calories  I use a 1/2 cup ramekin to help me easily identify the correct proportion.

I will keep you updated with my progress.

Until next time…