Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TV DINNER. YES OR NO?

 
My husband and I are having a tug of war. I lost quite a bit of weight last year.  120-130 lbs in all. But since the end of January I have put 30 lbs back on. Part of the reason for the weight gain is lack of physical activity and mobility. I need both knees replaced. And my knees have really been hurting, so I'm not walking as much as I had been. And the other thing contributing to the added weight gain is the medication I started around the first of the year. A side effect of it, is packing on the pounds. And it's frustrating to be sure. So I've been making lots of salads, eating fresh veggies and fruit, like I always do. But I have also begun watching portion sizes again, on things with rice and pasta. Don't get me wrong. I'm not unhappy with the weight I currently am. But I do NOT want to gain anymore. So, the other day my husband made a suggestion that he thinks is a solution to this current situation. TV dinners. He doesn't call them that. But I do. He thinks if we began eating the Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones and Healthy Choice meals from the frozen food section I'd lose the weight I regained. This of course is forgetting the medication I'm on.  I don't use salt or much butter when I cook. And I make sure we eat fresh fish once or twice a week. In addition to a variety of meats... lamb, chicken, pork and beef. We eat healthy. So the thought of a meal from a cardboard box doesn't sound appetizing to me. And especially not a diet of them. Yet he intimated that it would be better than what I cooked. Should I get mad or try them? What do you think?
FROZEN ENTREE
TUSCAN CHICKEN
TABLE READY
HUNGRY HUSBAND
ME SAYING NO WAY
I'M EATING THAT TV DINNER
MY DINNER IS SERVED
 TUSCAN CHICKEN, CAULIFLOWER AND SALAD
 
 

19 comments:

OLDLADYWITH FLARE said...

I READ YOUR BLOG TODAY AND I JUST WANTED TO CRY FOR YOU. I'VE GAIN AND LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT IN MY 55 YEARS OF MARIAGE I'D HATE TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH.
I'M IN MY 70'S AND I REFUSE TO DIET ONE MORE DAY OF MY LIFE. I BELIEVE IN EATING HEALTHY AND PLENTY OF CHEATING AT THIS AGE. I'M JUST SICK OF WAKING UP AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT I CAN HAVE AND WHAT I SHOULDN'T EAT. THE ONLY THING I CAN TELL YOU IS EAT WHAT YOU LIKE BUT SMALLER PORTIONS. GOOD LUCK. YOU'LL LEARN THAT AFTER YOU LOSE THE WEIGHT IT WILL COME BACK BUT DOUBLE. BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. GOOD LUCK. JUST A GRANNY THAT HAS THE SAME PROBLEMS.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Taryterre,
I think fresh food prepared is always the best, and I try to do that myself every night, but once in awhile I will have the fried chicken in the frozen section, just to give me a break from cooking. But if you want to cook healthy meals every day, I think that is the best thing I've heard in awhile. And bless you for your perseverance. I wouldn't get mad at husband, he may just be trying to give you a break. :~)

Love,
~Sheri

Chatty Crone said...

First of all - congrats on the weight loss - that is awesome. And gaining back a little is okay too - but don't go back. I suggest that you compromise - eat half and half. I have heard that the food boxes are good bit so is good food! Good luck. sandie

Paula said...

In the near future I will probably have to go on steriods and I understand that means weight gain. I'm disappointed but I will have no choice. Good for you losing that weight and I guess hubby was just trying to do you a favor.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Kiddos to you for making strides where you can. I love Lean Cuisine....well a few of them. I have them most days for lunch....the pizza and Panini are good.

Hard to fight against the meds! Keep up the good work!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Well, I was going to say "compromise", but Sandie (Chatty Crone) beat me to it. I would also keep track of the calories consumed. Watching calories and walking helped me several years ago. I need to do it again! Good luck and congrats on a fantastic job of losing weight!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i don't know what to suggest. i know what is in the packaged products but some people need something like them for portion control. how did you manage to lose all that weight? that is awesome! good luck to you both whatever you decide to do.

Ellen in Oregon said...

First of all, great for you doing all the work to lose those pounds & I really understand why you do not want to regain more than your have. I have a degree in Health Education and so I am familiar with most of the pro & cons of TV dinners. They are fine once in a while, but you would have very unhealthy way of eating if that was the majority of your daily caloric intake.
Most processed foods like Lean Cuisine, make their low calories products taste OK by replacing the Fats with high amounts of sugars & sodium. So many people don't understand when they regularly eat these foods and blow up like a blimp. All that sodium can cause edema and you drink more fluids because of the extra salt making you thirsty. This leads to water weight gain and potentially other negative health issues.
The Prednisone or corticosteroids mentioned do not necessarily = weight gain much weight at all. These medications have a side effect in a small number of people that can make you feel hungrier than normal and you can pack on weight by eating trying to satisfy this feeling. This happens in a small percentage of people.
The best practical thing to do is continue to eat a balanced healthy diet as you say you have been doing. Any restriction to specific foods or any diet is not a lifestyle change and usually result in dropping about 10 pounds the first couple of months and then people gain back more than they started with.
Counting calories, minimizing processed foods and eating portion controlled treats periodically is a common sense approach.
Bottom line weight loss or maintaining your weight means that the amount of calories you take in have to equal the # of calories you burn in order to prevent gaining.
I am on my 3rd set of artificial joints. You have to keep the weight down to even have a good surgeon perform the surgery. The rehabilitation is hard work & painful, but worth the work to get a good result and it will allow you to be more mobile and walk for exercise. If you have access to a heated pool. the best way to get your leg muscles strong to prepare for surgery & for burning calories without joint problems is to go swimming. I did it 3 times a week and my arthritis pain greatly diminished and I loved it once I got into the routine. My surgeon said it was what made the last surgery work and it made my recovery much quicker.
Your husband's intentions with the TV dinners was based only on restricting calories and that is just one of many factors. You are right to stick with real food prepared to decrease calories, but increase the favors. I stopped using large dinner plates a long time ago. I switched to a Corell sandwhich/luncheon sized plate. It is proven that eating smaller portions on smaller plates fools the minds and makes you feel fuller.
Tell your husband he could try a diet a doctor friend told me about. Put you food on the plate as you normally would - and then put half of the food back. It worked for him. Besides a man has different calorie and nutritional needs than you do. Let him do his own thing if he disagrees with you, but only eating TV dinners is sooo unhealthy.
Sorry this was so long, but I wanted you to have all the info.

Angela said...

Well, I was GONNA say that I happen to like most Lean Cuisines, but then I saw the picture of what YOU made.

Forget the cardboard box. =)

Lynda said...

Go with your cooking! Even though you aren't able to do the walking, are you lifting any arm weights? And there are some chair exercises you can do that will help a bit with calorie burning. The advice one of the others gave about building up the leg strength is pure gold. It is mainly with straight leg lifts on your back and side. They will have you do that after surgery and it is awful if you haven't done any before that. It is definitely a vicious cycle we encounter as we continue adding days to our lives.

jack69 said...

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR DROPPING THAT AMOUNT OF POUNDS. Grrrrrreat!
I agree with Chatty, maybe a compromise. I also agree that your meal looks much better.

The continual generational thing of weight gain. Seems like ti just jumps up and hangs on.

Best to you in what ever youdecide.
((HUGS))

Jon said...

I agree with some of the other people who commented - - I think you should compromise. Keep preparing the fresh, healthy foods that you enjoy and have the Lean Cuisine dinners a few times a week.

It's a shame that you can't walk because of your bad knees - since excercise is so important in helping to lose weight. Perhaps you can try other forms of excercise that don't involve walking or using your knees (I know that sounds strange, but I'm sure you could think of something).

As for the medication that you're taking, I wonder if your doctor would have any suggestions (unfortunately many doctors are not easy to talk to).

Holly said...

I do buy them and keep a few in my freezer for quick and easy lunches. No, probably not really healthy but when the alternative is a bag of chips, I'm thinking I could do worse.

Lucy said...

Your dinner looks far better than his. I need to lose about 25 lbs. My knee replacement was not that successful enough in my book. More pain when standing up or sitting down. I am truly disappointed and I did all of the things they told me to. I don't go out walking any more because of my balance problem. That is one time I think Joe is right. We don't walk together.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I always think home made is best.

Rose said...

I just wrote a long comment and it disappeared.

Sorry that you will be facing surgery.

TV dinners do contain a lot of sodium but in a pinch once in a while is o.k. I guess.

I, too lost and gained weight back which is frustrating and I'm trying again. I think I will go back to being a Vegan. I certainly felt better than and it is a good way to get all the toxins out of your body.

Best of luck.

Carol Z said...

I actually was in a study at a hospital on this topic. We were given coupons for Weight Watchers dinners and I stuck with it for six months, and really didn't go off the program. I lost thirty five pounds. I've not been so consistent moving forward, but the portion control really worked for me.

Carol Z said...

P.S. I am awed at your weight loss. Awed!

Ken Riches said...

I would stick with home made. You might want to investigate an eliptical, much easier on the knees than walking.