Wow, well I feel like I am kind of crashing after the trip and having a hard time getting back to business here. I'm tired and not getting as much done as I need to, with little energy left for extra exercise. Also am having some cravings for carbs (sweets and ... surprise... potatoes!). I think adding back white potatoes at all was just a bad idea, because I have been more hungry and craving when I eat them. I had some roasted baby red potatoes yesterday (which, I think, is a fairly healthy way to eat potatoes) and my joints still hurt. I'm not sure if that is from the higher "sugar" (simple carb) load or something in the nightshade in general, but I am going back to white sweet potatoes in moderation which is what I was eating before. They don't seem to set off cravings like the regular potatoes do, and I am satisfied with smaller portions of them.
Whenever I have counted calories, carbs, protein, etc over the past 5 years, I notice I feel best and lose weight when my carbs are around 100 to 130 grams per day and my protein is high enough (like 50g+). Much more carbs than that and I crave and have slowed weight loss; much less (under 75) and I feel actually sick. I am pretty good at keeping my carbs in the balance when I skip grains, processed sweets, and potatoes. It's not that hard. So that's the aim for the rest of the week: get the carbs down and protein up, skip the potatoes and get more green veggies in. Soon it'll be Farmer's Market season and that's the best season of all for me to stay on plan! Can't wait for all the fresh produce to be on my plate.
I've started walking my daughter to school each day again. I used to do this way back when I was actively losing weight, but stopped when the foot/leg pain got bad. Now I am able again and the weather is fine, so that's an easy mile a day added into my exercise. I am home schooling my daughter this year, but she is also enrolled in a couple of classes at the elementary in the afternoon, mostly because she loves seeing her friends, writing creative stories to share and doing Powerpoint presentations for class, and doing their science experiments. She is super smart and this is meeting her needs much better this year. It's been a great balance for her and I love it too! I feel so blessed, like my life is finally balanced the way I want it to be, unlike when my boys were young and it was an endless round of working, taking college classes, housework, and having very little time left some days to enjoy my kids. This is way better and I am glad it's worked out this way.
I want to be thinner and I am slowly but surely getting there. Boy does it feel slow sometimes. A pound a week... and knowing how I could gain 5 pounds in a day or two if I started binge eating again, it is a little scary. But I let that it of fear work in me to NOT binge or go off plan for long, because I know a pound a week WILL get me to my goal. What's my goal? Well, my primary goal is to get back to 175 pounds, my lowest weight in more than two decades. I know I wanted to lose more weight when I got there, but frankly if I can get to 175 again and sustain it my quality of life will be great! That's 63 pounds away and I can do this. If I eventually want to try and lose ten more or so, that's great too, but for now I just want to get back there. Everything was easier at 175 pounds. I don't like the idea of it taking more than a year (63 weeks) to get there, but if that's what it takes so be it. The time will pass anyway. And if that makes the loss more sustainable, I'm happy.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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