Friday, March 22, 2019

Quick On, Quick Off


My eating has switched back to "lower carb", with more protein and plants and less sugar and grains... although I did eat a fast food burger and fries today (managed by eating only half the bun and a few of the fries, which were shared). Dinners are easier to keep healthier, as you can see on my Instagram.

Today I got on the exercise bike for 6 minutes (1 mile). It might not seem like a lot, but it's a start. I have an elliptical now, too, so I will give that a try as I get in better shape. I started on some yard work today, too.

Scale says 197 pounds. That's 2 pounds overnight and 6 pounds in 3 days. The nice thing about lower carb is quick results. And I feel amazing!

See you Sunday!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

I Got the Flick


The other day when I showed up at a party with lots of people I hadn't seen in a few weeks, not once, but twice, I got "the flick." If you've ever gained weight and then run into someone you haven't seen in 20 or 30 pounds, you know what I mean: they see you and just for a split second their eyes flick downward at your belly/hips/bigger body. They quickly recover and go on with pleasant conversation. It is the very *slightest* flicker of the eyes... almost involuntary as they immediately cover their surprise at the difference in your appearance... but it is there. It's happened to me before and it is different from the check-it look you get when you've *lost* weight and people say "you look great!" In this case, they don't say anything.

This usually happens to me once I hit a 15 to 20 pound gain. That's about where I am right now. Two months ago I weighed 187. On March 1, before I left on vacation, I weighed 197 pounds. When I came back 2 days ago after a whole lot of indulging *and* exercising, I weighed 203. Yikes! That's a 16 pound gain in two months! I immediately cut back on carbs and started eating more produce and less junk, and today I am back to 199.

I feel GREAT and am very happy to be home, rested, and ready to kick off a spring and summer of activity and healthy eating. That "flick" was a pretty good motivator because it told me the reality of the gain regardless of how I feel. I don't like the embarrassment I felt over it, either. Time to get the winter pounds off!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Bye


It's been a rough month, eating-wise, with all of the carby comfort foods including breads, pastas, and sweets. It's a hard habit to break once you get into it, just like lower carb eating is a hard habit to break when you've been at it awhile.

I got on the scale on March 1 and weighed in at 197 pounds. That's a 3 pound gain for February and a continuance of the path towards hitting 200 again. I did hit 199 pounds briefly last month, and I don't want to see that again! I think a change of scenery is just what I need to break these bad eating habits and get back to the business of weight loss. I'm heading south on vacation... further south than I've been in 45 years: Florida! Packing up my swimsuit and bringing along my determination to be healthy (which I had to pull put of the closet and dust off a bit) and when I get back in a couple of weeks, I'll be feeling and looking much better. See ya later!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Whoa


Yesterday morning I got a bit of a shocker for my weekly weigh in: 199 pounds. Whoa! Literally. Stop! I didn't expect to see the dial sooo close to that 200 mark! It snapped me to the reality of this gain trend I am on. I already am down to ONE pair of jeans that fit (and even they are too tight now) so I have to do laundry constantly to have something to wear. Can't keep going down this path, even for a couple weeks before I leave on vacation. And I am going to need summer clothes for the trip! I sure don't want to have to buy bigger sizes.

Yesterday I had coffee with cream in the morning. Lunch at 1 was a bowl of vegetable soup, a salad, and one bread stick. I snacked on sliced cheese, ham, and olives. I posted my dinner on Instagram (bbq beef, salad, carrots, and pickles) and in the evening I had sugar free hot cocoa with cinnamon and whipped cream, I was relieved to see the scale drop back to 197 this morning, but will keep on going with this to keep it moving in the right direction.

I am definitely having carb cravings, a lot of hunger, headaches and a lot of "food thoughts" but I'll get through it and then this will be easier. Sticking to lower carb. My dinner plans for this week include Thai green curry chicken with veggies, ribeye steaks with a small baked potato and broccoli, maybe taco salad, and cabbage soup. I will probably make the soup today or tomorrow so I have a big pot to eat whenever I am hungry. I also want to make some cucumber sour cream dill salad and have a bunless burger sometime this week.

Today I am craving a tuna sandwich with chips. I think that will be my lunch, with just one piece of bread and a few chips and a side of baby carrots. I also want to make a pan of my favorite keto brownies, so I have something sweet that won't derail my efforts.

Have a great week!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Snow


This week we have had lots of snow! The good: forced rest, lots of coffee, staying home enjoying family and getting things done here. The not so good: no walking, missing doctor's appointments, and loads of comfort cooking and baking. I tend to make lots of homemade soups... some healthy and full of veggies and protein, others creamy or carby... and homemade bread or rolls to go with it. It's good stuff! We also had a birthday with cake, and Valentine's Day with cupcakes and cookies. I used up a large bag of apples from fall to make a big pan of apple crisp, too. I crave baked potatoes and mac and cheese when I am cold, but I do add things like broccoli and steak to a small potato or put butternut squash in my mac and cheese to up the nutritional content. But the net result is no weight loss, still.

We are going out of town on vacation in a couple weeks to someplace warm and sunny! I expect that to be a very healthy break with plenty of activity and a switch to more summertime foods. I am going to maintain or lose a few between now and then, and expect to come home even lighter and with a renewed drive to eat healthy and be active. I'm almost completely healed from my car accident now and have very few restrictions left so am building back my strength with exercises and doing more at home.

I can't wait for spring! The snow is pretty but I am ready to move on and go forward.