This morning after a week of eating an average of 2011 calories a day, I weigh 217 pounds. That's a one pound gain from last week. Not surprising, and kind of a relief. I wasn't sure if I'd balloon up from doubling my calories like that plus being so sedentary from my injury. I am thankful for whatever is going on in my body because finally it is doing something that makes sense. I hope what I have been eating is healing to me. It has definitely been beneficial to my mind and emotional health.
My activity was very low this week as I've said; no walking (just on crutches), light weight lifting (upper body) 3x/week, and floor stretches with PT exercises daily. My back is *really* hurting from all this sitting. I think I need to see a massage therapist or something this week.
So I've been thinking about what to do next week with my calories. I expect my activity level to go up just a little bit, with slightly heavier weights and a chair workout if my video ever comes in the mail. When I see my doctor this week I am going to ask if there is some way for me to gently start biking again with the air cast on. I feel like my blood is just stagnating in my veins and I NEED to do at least some kind of moving. Leg lifts aren't cutting it, and I haven't had any luck getting in to a PT with a pool. So I don't think my activity level will influence my weight loss much, if at all, yet.
I am trying to decide between staying at 2000 calories a day for another week (actually, trying to stay *under* 2000) or cutting back to 1800. I think I will just keep tracking and see what feels right... maybe try for 1800 but if I need more, go up to 2000. I do not want to cut back drastically because I am trying to feed my body enough.
Things I ate this week:
pots of kale with onions and ham
Greek yogurt with berries, walnuts, honey
free range eggs, pork sirloin roast, lean ground beef tacos
curried lentil and butternut squash soup made with coconut milk
organic chunky tomato soup with gluten free crackers and cheese
steamed peas, carrots, a small scoop of mashed potatoes
pink grapefruit, local apples with almond butter, bananas, pears
pumpkin seeds, almonds, dark chocolate
kale and black bean soup
I also ate oatmeal for breakfast several days. There is nothing more satisfying to me than a bowl of warm oats in the morning:
Yes, even dark chocolate chips! I generally aim for 300-400 calories for breakfast, and a nice warm bowl of oats with add-ins (pumpkin, fruits, nuts, flax, etc) is within that range. This particular bowl with bananas, cinnamon, walnuts, chocolate chips and whole milk measures in at 343 calories. It's a lot more carbs than I have had in recent years, but I am not aiming for low carb at this point. I *am* aiming for low sugar, wheat free, and high nutrition.
Tonight I am going to roast some sweet potatoes and make some soup out of them. If it turns out, I'll share the recipe later. Enjoy your Sunday!