Saturday, November 24, 2012
I feel like I have reached my first milestone on this journey. Until the last two weeks I have felt hyperfocused on what I'm eating. Eating healthy occupied a large percentage of my brainpower. I was overwhelmed with the amount of dishwashing and kitchen cleanup there was involved in eating all our meals at home. Figuring out when to exercise each day exercised not only my body, but my problem solving skills as well.
I think, maybe, I've adapted. I did not miss the green bean casserole Thanksgiving Day. We love steamed asparagus, and that's what replaced it. We've been enjoying our 3 mile walks each day over the holiday break. (The pool is closed.) Isn't it funny? There was major effort and no small amount of stress involved in making these changes, and now it feels like life has always been this way. And....this has been the best I have done keeping up with the onslaught of holiday dishwashing.
All that said, I did gain .6 of a pound this week. The difference this year is I planned to gain a little. I didn't eat with wreckless abandon, and we went for a long walk everyday.
Today we decorate the tree. We unload the decorations and Christmas music from their storage places in the garage, and we fire up the stereo. We'll put 5 of our favorite Christmas CD's on shuffle play and put ornaments on the tree.
It just occurred to me the major reason I am enjoying this holiday break so much. I don't feel guilty about how much I'm eating. Have I FINALLY after 58 years, made peace with my appetite? I think it's too soon to declare victory in that area, but I am feeling good about what and how much I'm eating, and I'm feeling better about how I look.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I have decided to write this up real time, after each meal today.
Breakfast: Never in my life have I ever eaten just egg whites, so I had my first new experience right off the bat. How do you cook egg whites? I scrambled these, then I wondered if I should have let them set in the skillet and cook like a fried egg. I think scrambling them created more stringies, which I don't like, and they looked like cottage cheese setting on top of the bagel. Not very appealing.
The whole point of today is to eat the Spark Meal Plan as is, no changes, except covering for the availability issues we have in this area. (i.e. whole wheat bagels instead of oat bran)
Lunch: Surprisingly good and filling. I don't usually put cheese in my chili. That was quite a treat. Grapes were the perfect "dessert." The chili even made my nose run, like my chili does. I would rate this meal a 4.5 out of 5. I still prefer meat chili, but this is a great alternative.
Dinner: Pretty much a repeat of lunch. The surprise was the sweet potato/black bean/salsa snack. I initiated this snack with great trepidation. I was pretty sure I wouldn't like it. I was pretty hungry when I ate it. What a surprise. At first my reaction was, "Well, this is different," to, "This is pretty good." I would not think to put together something like this for a snack. When someone says, "Sweet potato," to me, my next thought is immediately, "Butter, brown sugar." Today I might have taken the first step away from that mentality.
If I were going to do this again, I would take some of the cheese from lunch and put it on top of the egg. It needs something more (like the yoke)! Fresh herbs or a little onion might give it more pizazz.
Dh gave breakfast a 3.5. I rate it a 2. I did not feel hungry. Solo egg whites are rather bland tasting and unappealing to look at on the plate. It did chap my hide to put 4 egg yokes down the drain.
I'm stuffed. I can't believe I'm on the low end of my calorie range for the day, but I measured everything and followed directions...love that dietary fiber.
Monday, November 05, 2012
On Wednesday I have decided I am going to try to follow the Spark suggested menu all day. I made one small change. I will use a small about of real butter on my cornbread rather than spraying it with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
I've tried several of the Spark Recipes. We enjoyed them. Following the Spark Menu Wednesday helps me meet two goals I have. 1.) follow the Spark Menu for one day, 2.) eat vegetarian for one day.
...and we will find out if I can make the Spark Meal Plan fit into my life....at least for one day.
Friday, November 02, 2012
I got up with the alarm at 5:15 this morning. That's a rare occurence since I retired a little over a year ago. I did have a lot of running around I needed to do today, and swimming early made a lot of sense. Mostly, I just had to prove to myself I could still get up and get moving. (In my 40's I was an early morning runner.)
It was still dark when I got to the pool. It was open. As I was rinsing off before I went in to swim, I heard two of the early morning swimmers wondering when they were going to get the heater fixed....
That's right. Since I had been to swim on Tuesday, the pool's heater had broken down. WHAT AN INVIGORATING SWIM! I am really tired this evening. I swam quite a bit harder than I have for awhile. It really wasn't too bad once you got going, and repairmen were working on the heater before I left.
Tomorrow morning is Saturday. Can you guess what I'm going to do?
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