Well, here I am, stuck in my (very small) dining room surrounded by recliners, rocking chairs, toy boxes and dog crates while a very nice man steam cleans my carpets. Once or twice a year, it just has to be done; now that we have two big dogs, twice a year is more likely! It does so help my allergies, and living with a child who has sinus and lung issues, the only alternative is tearing up all the carpet and putting in hard floors. Not feasible right now, although when she was born and in the hospital, we did tear out the carpet in every bedroom and the family room and put down tile and laminate. So today, I get to sit in a 4 foot square area with access to the (smallish) kitchen and the dogs sitting outside on the deck, staring at me and making nose prints on the glass. I am taking the following hours while waiting for the carpet to dry to do a thorough cleaning and sorting in my kitchen.
I got a workout this morning, moving furniture and lugging a heavy vacuum up and down the stairs. I was sweating when I got done! I think my feet will pay for it later.
I feel good. I feel at peace about my eating and my relaxation over tracking every calorie and weighing every day. I believe the weight will just keep coming off as long as I continue, and I hope that as it comes off, my feet will heal and my activity will increase and then the rate of loss will stay steady or even pick up a bit. I mean to get to maintenance this year.
I have had a lot of time to examine my own behaviors and thought patterns and I know that what has kept me in a partial regain and kept me from losing consistently is my own lack of consistency with my eating. I've said it before: eating on plan... ANY reasonable plan... 100% of the time will take the weight off me. But eating on that same plan only 85% of the time will result in maintenance, or, if my overeating is bad, a gain. That's always been the issue, as far back as this blog goes. If I stay perfectly on plan 25 or 26 days every month, but go off plan and overindulge just 4 or 5 days a month, I cannot lose, even if those off plan days are "moderate" compared to how I used to eat. They key to a decent rate of loss, for me, is at least 95% adherence per month. A day off plan may slow the loss, but I'll still lose. More than that and it starts to really show. I still get in those "omg I have to have it" moods once in awhile; generally, if I stay low carb, those are very infrequent. And when I am happy and energized, as I have been, I think about food a lot less.
Anyway, I'm feeling very good... and now I am going to work on that kitchen and figure out dinner.