This week was a bit different from past weeks for me. Nothing major, but I felt better emotionally (because it is spring) even though I was sore quite often from plantar fasciitis and arthritis, and I sort of backed off the attention to eating and exercise. I just had a lot going on and needed a break from the intense focus that we can sometimes get wrapped up in when trying to lose weight. I had intended to be *more* focused and strict, but instead I got so wrapped up in *life* that I didn't have time.
So my eating was different... a few days of counting calories and carbs and staying low, and a few days just grabbing what was handy (and healthy) without measuring or weighing or really counting at all. I didn't go overboard, really, except for that ice cream I already mentioned and a big bowl of corn chips yesterday, but the end result for the week was a sort of calorie zig-zag that a friend of mine has used successfully to lose weight. It wasn't intentional but that's how it turned out. A couple low days, a high day (never over about 1800 calories), another few low days, another high day. I ate a lot of hard boiled Easter eggs (plain and made into Deviled Egg Salad), almonds, strawberries, yogurt, and ate out at a restaurant once, where I had the all-you-can-eat salad bar (3 plates of vegetables with blue cheese dressing and one fortune cookie for dessert). One night I made a big pot of chili with grass fed beef and a piece of homemade cornbread with a bit of raw local honey and butter on top. I exercised a bit less because of the foot pain, but was still active on the bike (15 minutes most days) and short walks (only 1/2 to 1 mile) with the physical therapy thrown in there. And overall I just felt better, had even more joyful moments, even doing simple things like mopping the kitchen, playing with my daughter, having picnics, and training the pup. I really *like* how my life felt this week. Maybe lack of intense focus on weight loss is the normal I've been after.
Scale is down 3 pounds this week to 215.
Thursday Update: July 23, 2014
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