Well, here we are more than halfway through the month without a weigh-in. I thought about getting on the scale this morning, but then decided that I may as well wait for April 1. I figure if I am still losing slowly... 1/2 to 1 pound a week... it is nicer to see a "chunk" of weight off (even if it is a small chunk) than to see a pound and get frustrated that it's not faster. So I'll wait.
My clothes don't feel any different. No one else has mentioned that I look like I have lost weight. But I do feel much better when I eat this way: keeping carbs around 85-95 grams a day, lots of protein, small frequent meals, and plenty of veggies with dinner.
Last week, I watched the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (free on Amazon if you have Prime), which is about a guy who ate no food but just drank freshly made juice for two months. Just watching it makes you want to get a juicer and drink some yummy kale, apple, and cucumber juice for all the wonderful nutrients. I've started to wonder if there is a way to incorporate fresh juices into a low carb way of eating (in maintenance). Certainly fruit juices are way, way too high in sugars for me to drink alone; I think they would drastically spike my blood sugar and give me cravings. But perhaps some of the less sweet juices would be beneficial; you can juice spinach, kale, Romaine, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. You can add fresh lemon and ginger root for flavor. And to give it a bit of sweetness, maybe some fresh carrots, Granny Smith apple, or part of a beet would be nice. But I'm not sure. I do have a juicer, sitting dusty in my cupboard for the past 15 years. I tend to think it is better to just eat the whole, fresh vegetable, but proponents of juicing say there is no way you could eat enough vegetables to get all the nutrition in a glass of juice. Makes sense to me; what do you think?
Breakfast this morning was green tea, black coffee, and Medifast pancakes. I think I will make a cabbage soup with tomatoes and beef for my dinner and let the kids eat leftover Italian beef subs, pasta, or sandwiches. I also got my new (much smaller) TV set up in front of my bike. I've been watching streaming Kindle or reading while I bike, but I find that if I always bike during a certain time and watch a TV show... even something as lame as Judge Judy... I tend to think about it at that time when the show would be coming on, and start to associating exercising with that show and time. I used to *always* bike while watching The Biggest Loser when I had my bike in the living room; I still get the urge to jump on when that show begins! So I will use that to my advantage and continue working towards consistent, 6 days a week biking.
Off to spend time with my kiddos, wonderful blessings that they are!
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