Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I was out of town this weekend, visiting friends. No chance to work out. Now my week is being thrown COMPLETELY off by my college-age daughter and her girlfriend being here. I'm thrilled to bits that they have come to visit, and we are having a wonderful time, but it is making life challenging. I was planning to work out this morning, but last night they decided to abandon the guest room in favor of the bed in the family room, where they could watch TV as they went to sleep. Which is fine, except that it's the room with all my exercise equipment. So no workout this morning. Plus we ate out last night.
I get thrown off when my routine is interrupted. They are here until Thursday, and then we are off to a convention through the weekend, so I'm pretty much off-kilter until next Monday. I am trying to focus on maintaining through this week, and not using it as an excuse to go off the rails. Nevertheless, I'm up a pound and a half. Tonight we are eating in, and though it's a steak night, I will keep my portion small and eat veggies, which I am making in abundance. It will be all restaurant eating from Thursday through Sunday morning. It's going to be tough.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Thanks for all the good sleep wishes. I made the drive to Michigan without trouble, and then slept like the dead when I got to bed. Yay!
Friday, January 13, 2012
A bad combination when I have a three hour drive tomorrow.
The not sleeping is getting frustrating. I don't know what's up with this.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
In the long quest to find The Answer To All Diets, people rush from one fad to the next, one year embracing cabbage soup, the next eating nothing but bacon and steak. One year gulping down juice fasts, the next eschewing fruit entirely. We want the golden ticket, the easy fix. And every guru who comes down the road with proclamations of the One True Way leads people in his or her path, the newest Pied Piper.
Eventually people grow tired of eating in the prescribed way and drop out of the parade, feeling like failures. Then the voices of science and reason begin to penetrate the insanity, and most people return to their previous weights, discouraged and cynical, but waiting for the next bandwagon to jump aboard.
Currently, that bandwagon is gluten. Gluten is the Great Poisoner of People. We're told that the staff of life is EEEEEVIL, and that we can all be thin if we just stop eating bread. People are swearing off gluten left and right. Gluten-free substitutes crowd the grocery shelves.
Now, there is no doubt that certain medical conditions preclude the ingestion of gluten, particularly celiac disease. But for people without that disease, scientists are now warning that gluten avoidance may be bad for their health. This article from the Atlantic Monthly warns that cutting gluten out of our lives may lead to other deficiencies. www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2
Now, some people DO lose weight on a gluten-free regime, but that appears to spring from a general improvement in their diet: less fast food, more fresh fruit and veggies. The elimination of bread isn't the key.
So once again, it's sensible eating that makes the difference. Not some secret ingredient. There's no magic bullet.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Last Sunday I did the "walk of shame weigh in" after the New Year's Eve party. As I suspected, the scale was up - back up to 282.4, rather MORE than I expected.
I briefly considered panicking, running around like a headless chicken and changing my diet plan. But instead I took a deep breath, calmed down, and continued on my path of whole food eating and working out.
Today I weighed in at 273.2, down 9 pounds from last week, and down 3 pounds from 10 days ago. I didn't mess up my metabolism with untenably low calorie intake, or overstress my body with unfeasibly extensive exercise. I just stayed on my path. And it worked!
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