I am so glad June is finally here! I love summertime, with no school, no dance classes, lots of time to enjoy my kids and life in general. I've been feeling great lately, and my daughter also seems to be doing very well. No one is sick! I'm very happy about that, and hoping it stays that way.
Lately I've fashioned a sort of easygoing way of eating; there is structure, but it's not so strict that it sends me over the edge. I don't feel pressured by it, which is nice since I *have* felt pressured in the past. I was getting to a point where I was always anxious about food: am I about to fall off the deep end? can I eat this or not? what if I can't control myself? oh this food is not on my plan. That kind of thing. Now, I am fostering a relaxation around food, with most of my intake coming from fresh local produce and eggs and lean meats, with about a 10% allowance for 'special' food (not junk, just higher carb or fat than usual).
For example, for the last 3 days I've been eating that Chinese Cabbage Salad that I posted about; today I am tossing some chicken breast into it for a complete meal. I eat a lot of free range eggs, too... usually 2 eggs over easy, sometimes with 2 slices of bacon. I enjoy one or two servings of fruit most days. Lately the local strawberries have been phenomenal! Watermelon is great too. And I also eat a lot of yogurt and when I am busy, I have a Medifast meal (usually a shake) to tide me over. I also bought some really good Yasso blueberry frozen Greek yogurt bars that are made with real fruit and yogurt and have 70 calories and 6 grams of protein. They're not too sweet, so I like them as an evening snack.
Today I am baking an 8-layer cake for my son's graduation. He is having a pizza party tonight, and I haven't decided yet whether I will have pizza with him or make my own cauliflower pizza. That's some good stuff! I actualy prefer it, so if I have the time and energy that's what I'll be having. If not, a slice of pizza and a big salad will do.
Today I did weigh and was 217. That is pretty much where I have been, within a couple of pounds, since April. Maybe I am not so bad at this maintaining thing. I just want to be maintaining *lower.*
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