Reducing: A Vintage Weight Loss Menu

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I’m a little overweight. Not terribly so, but because of an anti-anxiety medication I started taking a few years ago, I’m now carrying around about 21 very stubborn extra pounds. This amount is down from the 30 extra I was hauling around at the beginning of the year, but this is after adding a gym membership to my day. Five days a week, one hour per day, weight training and cardio, and after about four months, I’m much stronger, but only about nine pounds lighter. I know, I know, the answer lies in my diet.

I’ve got no willpower. If I can manage to make myself do something enough times to make it a habit, I can sometimes persevere and make positive changes, but I need incentive. For example, the gym costs money. Only $21.00 a month, but I’m not wasting that! Dieting doesn’t carry that same tangible consequence for me. Sure, I shouldn’t eat those M&M’s because I’m technically wasting all that time spent on the elliptical machine… but I’m so hungry! And chocolate!

Women’s athletics at Russell Sage College, Troy, New York ca. 1937-1946
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So, I’m planning to succeed. As in “fail to plan, plan to fail.” And, my incentive (as it usually is when I want to make something boring more fun) is to add a dash of vintage.

There’s nothing really vintage about going to Planet Fitness every morning, or walking the treadmill or sweating over resistance machines, but I’ve saved lots of vintage diet menus over the years. And vintage exercises, too, but I’m not going to tack any of those on yet. One thing at a time.

Here’s the vintage diet menu I’ll be working from next week, found at another blog, but originally from The Apron Revolution:

vintage menu

I fit the middle category, so I’ll be aiming for about 1800 calories.  I work a desk job all day, which mostly leaves me bored and frequently sneaking off to the office snack cabinet, so I’m thinking I’ll spread my meals out throughout the workday. Since I burn around 300 calories a morning at the gym, that’ll leave me at 1500 calories and a within comfortable range for losing weight.

Ideal measurements for American women from the 1920s
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The trick (for me) for sticking to routines is to prep as much as possible the night or Sunday before (i.e., hardboiled eggs, chicken, etc.). In order to prep, I have to have a plan, so here are my vintage menu plans for workweek breakfasts and lunches next week:

Monday
Breakfast: applesauce, shredded wheat (unsweetened), hardboiled egg
Lunch: small chicken breast, brown rice, sweet potato, small spinach salad, slice whole grain bread, half a banana
Midmorning/afternoon snack: cottage cheese/popcorn

Tuesday
Breakfast: half banana, bran flakes, hardboiled egg
Lunch: small chicken breast, brown rice, sweet potato, small spinach salad, slice whole grain bread, applesauce
Midmorning/afternoon snack: yogurt/wheat crackers and a little bit of cheese

Wednesday
Breakfast: apple slices, shredded wheat, hardboiled egg
Lunch: seasoned black beans, brown rice, corn, small spinach salad, slice whole grain bread, hardboiled egg, grapes
Midmorning/afternoon snack: yogurt/wheat crackers and a little bit of cheese

Thursday
Breakfast: applesauce, bran flakes, hardboiled egg
Lunch: seasoned black beans, brown rice, corn, small spinach salad, slice whole grain bread, hardboiled egg, grapes
Midmorning/afternoon snack: cottage cheese/popcorn

Friday
Breakfast: raisins, toast, poached egg
Lunch: Thanksgiving sandwich (one piece whole-grain bread, 2 slices roasted turkey, slice of cheese, spinach, mustard, and dried cranberries), pumpkin soup
Midmorning/afternoon snack: yogurt/wheat crackers and a little bit of cheese

Pleasant Family Shopping They’re from 1949 and show a Kroger interior in fine form.
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It looks like a lot of food, but I’ll be serving myself vintage-sized portions to stay within the calorie count. As far as dinners go, I’ll have whatever the rest of the family is having (almost always made from scratch, at least), but also in small portions and with the addition of tomato juice, fruit, and a salad.

Grocery shopping this weekend, prep work on Sunday, vintage eats on Monday morning. Wish me luck!

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