Preparing for the big M
Sunday, December 18, 2011
This week was a little tough, with holiday parties both at my husband's work and mine. First came his, at a nice bar in town, very pleasant. I had a good plan, ate dinner beforehand and wasn't tempted by the more fattening offerings. I had some fruit, grissini, and two glasses of wine spaced out over the entire evening, and didn't end up going over my calorie range. And it was great fun - we had a date night, without the kid, after a long time, and we both enjoyed it a lot (including dancing).
The following night was my work party. The complicating factor was that I was one of the organizers, so I had to be involved with it in the morning and then again from immediately after lunch until it was over. So, no separate dinner or afternoon snack, plus my husband brought our daughter for the event with Santa. All of that combined to have me eating on the run, whatever I could grab. Not too, too much, no sweets, but the cheese packed a lot of calories, and it is very yummy in this part of the world! My best guesstimate for the day was around 2500 calories. The next day I went back to doing things by the plan, which I think is the most important thing in all of this. And yes, the party was a success,so all that work was not in vain.
My official weigh day is tomorrow, but from my unofficial peek I am within 0.5 kg of my goal. Which means that the scary, scary thing I had failed at before - maintenance - will soon be upon me. I suppose that this real-world exposure to parties was good practice in the end, since going over my calories and not eating the most nutrient- rich foods did not make me lose all restraint. Still, I am apprehensive. I think my maintenance range will be 58 +-2 kg, and that should be feasible. I know from my twenties that a weight of 54 kg is not maintainable for me, but I did in fact maintain 58 for a long while, with exercise.
I'll be looking to all of you, my experienced maintainer friends, for guidance and advice!