Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Yesterday I submitted a big long blog which was promptly eaten by cyberspace. Bah.
Anyhow, I will attempt to recap and stuff...
First, as of Saturday, I am back to my goal weight. Yay! I realize that the bulk of the weight I saw on the scale when I arrived home was fluid retention from all the sodium, sugars, etc that I indulged in during that week home for Christmas. I definitely did not eat enough calories to gain 5 pounds, and certainly haven't cut enough to lose 5 pounds. But I'd be willing to bet that a pound to a pound and a half of what I gained/lost was fat.
I focused these last 2 weeks on staying at or below my minimum calorie range (reminder, this is a maintenance range, not a weight-loss range, so coming in low was not going to negatively affect my health or metabolism). I've thrown in a high day a couple times, but mostly have stuck below my range. So I've averaged around a 200 to 300 calorie deficit. Enough over 2 weeks to maybe lose a pound or so of fat.
Anyhow, I am feeling MUCH better now that I'm not scarfing down cookies. Not that I don't like cookies, but my goodness I was so overstuffed with them that it's been nice not to have them in the house. In fact the thin mint cookies in my freezer haven't been touched since I got home. Normally those are my "dessert" - 150 calories of minty chocolatey deliciousness and I haven't even wanted them. LOL
Then starting Sunday I am PMSing hard-core and craving everything under the sun. So I've been trying to stuff down extra veggies to fill myself up. Hasn't stopped the cravings, but hopefully they will pass soon. And maybe tonight I won't give in... I certainly caved last night. Ah well. Not the end of the world.
I have been trying to work towards some of my goals.
I made a new recipe from the Spark cookbook Sunday - Tuna casserole. One minor change was that we switched the mushrooms out for lentils. Neither of us like mushrooms, so we swapped them out, and it turned out pretty good. Only thing we'll change next time around I think is to reduce (significantly) the amount of thyme that the recipe called for. It's crazy overpowering. So I think we'll cut that by at least half, if not more, and maybe add some basil or something. The other thing we noticed is that it's a bit dry. I think in part because of the swap from mushrooms to lentils. So I'm not positive yet how to fix that. Maybe a little more milk...
We've been playing with our new salad spinner too. We bought it just before Christmas with a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, and so far really like it. It works great for keeping salad fresh for a long time. We chopped organic romaine lettuce and organic carrots and have been keeping those in the spinner in the fridge, and have been having salad pretty much daily, if not more often - this weekend I had it for lunch and dinner both days. So I've been cramming crazy amounts of veggies into my system. Which has been very delicious.
Anyhow, this morning I woke up 5 pounds heavier than yesterday, which I'm attributing to a fluid change relating mostly to PMS, and partially to the handfull of chocolate chips I ate last night. So we'll see what tomorrow brings, and hopefully once Aunt Flow arrives, I'll be back to normal. Exercise is going well. I'm hoping to start AM runs with the dogs in about a month (once Steve hits a year old). But we need to double-check with the vet when we bring him in at the end of this month. Hopefully he'll get an all-clear to start running.
I think I wrote more yesterday, but I give up trying to remember it.... And today I'm copying this whole thing before hitting submit just in case cyberspace is still hungry.