Saturday, November 20, 2010
Despite having faithfully bared my arm for a flu shot at the very first opportunity, last Saturday's long-awaited visit with my sister was accompanied by sniffles and sneezes for both of us. Which developed over the past week into aches, sore throats, barking coughs, nausea, chills -- the full panoply of flu symptoms. I made it into work every day (but not for full days): and kept my self as isolated as possible from staff/clients while stamping out urgent fires only.
Sleep, fluids, more sleep, more fluids. I'm seeing some light at the end of the tunnel -- my sister reports the same by email this morning.
Hmmm. Sometimes the only way we permit ourselves to slow down a little is to get a little sick. Although we're successful in concealing it from the world in general, my sister and I do share the same triple type A personality.
I'm impatient with all the time that has fluwn by. There's so much stuff I need to get at. My mission is to be back in full fighting form by Monday!!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Clothes are feeling a little more easy through the waist band: I had on my size eight pure wool (no stretch) black and white check pants this week with comfort all day long. There are still a couple items in the wardrobe that I know won't work for me right now, however . . . including the fave black leather pencil skirt which is my standard "test" item!! I just eye it and leave it hanging there . . .
So: what am I doing? In addition to the "broth" trick on returning home from work, I've been enjoying hot V8 juice. And experimenting with fat free Greek yogourt which is providing great creamy texture and more protein then my usual brand (although a few more calories as well . . . ). I have been able to stick with the lower end of my SP calorie range . . . no slip ups, daily tracking.
I'm quite a big fan of PGX supplement to help sustain a feeling of satiety. By acting as a carb blocker PGX assists with evening out blood sugar levels. It's a mulberry-derived fibre product developed through research at University of Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine. PGX comes in capsules, must be taken with liquid (which helps me with my water intake, always a problem) and also takes the edge of hunger before meals. Webber Naturals and WellBetX both offer the product. Not a miracle cure by any means, it requires diligence with diet and exercise (nothing new about that). But I've used PGX before and always find it assists with "weight creep" and easing back down into maintenance range . . . before things get out of hand.
In addition, because it's hard to get complete nutrition at the lower calorie range, I have been taking 1000 UI Vitamin D (days are shorter, not out on the sunny golf course, Vitamin D deficiency associated with cancer recurrence) plus 1000 mg calcium and for added insurance, an all round multi-vitamin. And I've been monitoring my caffeine intake and my sleep.
Another week or so and I'll hop back on the scales, but I'm feeling optimistic. This maintenance gig is always so much tougher for me than weight loss -- really it is -- and I have to learn over and over again that eternal vigilance is the name of the game. Way too easy to delude myself that I'm being careful enough -- until the pants get too snug. Always has been, always will be.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Adopting WALKINGANNIE's approach to weight loss maintenance, I've been avoiding the scales and judging my maintenance by how my clothes fit . . .
And, I decided a couple days ago that things were getting a little snug!
Snug, despite what I've thought had been diligent nutrition tracking, and very seldom exceeding my SP range.
So, I'm going to be tracking even MORE diligently and keeping things at the bottom of my calorie range for the next while just to see how things go in the waistband department.
Going to be using all my best tricks, too, such as:
1. Heating up a cup of broth and heading right out of the kitchen when I get home from work (too many spoonfuls of peanut butter? and some of my other delicious nut butter experiments?)
2. Concentrating on getting enough sleep.
3. Gym time: I can never exercise enough to eat what I'd like, but at least when I'm at the gym, I'm not eating!! Seeing how hard I have to work to burn even 400 calories on the cross trainer also helps to keep my eating "mindful".
Nope, not going to go crazy, here -- I don't think there's too much to worry about. Yet. But, I can tell when things are even a little bit "expansive". And, I have to be diligent. Eternally.
And after a couple weeks of renewed diligence, I'll be venturing over to those scales again . . . just to be sure.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I loved Coach Nicole's recent blog on homemade nut butters; here's the link if you want to take a look for yourself:
Peanut butter is one of my all time faves -- and yes, I prefer the not-so-good-for-you kind with a bit of salt and sweetener. Skippy reduced fat is generally the number one choice (occasionally good old Kraft chunky). I would love to try the Trader Joe's reduced fat peanut flour which you mix up as required to the thickness preferred: but haven't seen any source for that locally just yet.
But other than peanut butter, the more exotic nut butters (almond, cashew) are so expensive. And often to my way of thinking just too too oily as well.
And: Nutella (which I love) is something I almost never permit myself to buy because the list of ingredients is so scary: mostly vegetable oil and sugar, tiny amounts of hazelnut and chocolate. Not really a nut butter at all.
So now following Coach Nicole's lead I'm inspired to experiment with my own nut butter versions. Tonight it was toasted walnut with a little real maple syrup: easy to make (just toasted the nuts for 10 minutes at 350, cooled slightly, whirled in food processor for longer than I would have though necessary, added a tiny bit of walnut oil and about 3 tbsp syrup and a tiny bit of salt): delicious! Had two tablespoons spread on slices of Honeycrisp apple for dessert after my Thai coconut curry soup. It was a great supper.
And next up: I'm going to try a proper chocolate hazelnut that's mostly hazelnuts and cocoa (or maybe Lindt 85%). Anyone have a good recipe to share for that? I'm happy to experiment: imagine it's important to rub off the hazelnut skins . . . maybe with a tea towel after toasting??
I'm finding that adding a bit of fat to my diet is helping with satiety particularly now that the weather is getting cooler: and the nut butters may be just the thing (in moderation, of course: in moderation! Two tablespoons of the walnut butter clocks in at just over 200 calories . . . ).
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Went for a walk in the woods (with Charlie, crunching through the leaves) and then out for smokehouse BBQ tonight with my husband and son (Charlie not allowed) to a new restaurant in town -- which is the best BBQ I've tasted since last fall's trip to Austin. We all have backyard BBQs pretty much (for steaks, burgers) but this kind of smokehouse falling off the bone BBQ place is not particularly a Canajun kinda thing, so the new restaurant is a nice addition to the local market.
I was pretty moderate -- three ribs, a handfull of fries, a quarter cup of baked beans, less than that of coleslaw: but it was delicious, and I enjoyed every mouthful. Also enjoyed a (rare rare rare for me) diet Coke. Kept well within my daily calorie range while I watched with astonishment just how much my tall and rangy son can actually pack away: no doubt he'll finish off the ribs we brought home in the take-out container before morning.
I'm thinking that the smokehouse should consider cooperative marketing with the carwash around the corner: all three of us had BBQ sauce everywhere!! And although I've scrubbed my hands repeatedly, I can still smell that smokey sauce: mmmmmmmm!
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