For the month of January, I stopped eating all dairy products. It was tough at first, I was remarkably po'd about not being able to eat cheese. I felt incredibly deprived. I felt ridiculous about that, but, so it goes. Gratefully that gave way, and at the moment cheese does not interest me. I'm glad my torrid love (yum!)/hate (calories! fat!) affair with cheese is over.
I am considering re-introducing greek yogurt. I miss the texture. I miss the positive impacts it had on my level of satiety and satisfaction. Soy "yogurt" in not. Not yogurt, that is. It fills the hole where "greek yogurt" is in my daily eating patterns. But it does not look, smell or taste like the real deal. Nor does it pack the same protein punch.
My weight loss went swimmingly June-October. My plan was to get to my interim goal weight, and hold tight through the holidays. Didn't seem reasonable to push my limits during the Season of Eating (from Nov-Jan, most Americans gain 8+ pounds!) The plan was to stay focused, make good choices, and keep the needle on the scale steady. On the whole, I'd claim this a successful strategy.
Now - I want to move the needle down again. The needle's moving all right - in the wrong effing direction! Yes, the aforementioned "husband loses, wife gains" predicament. After some soul searching and thoughtful input from some Spark Pals, I think I've got that one addressed. What the heck else is going on. One thing to maintain, but to GAIN? Hella hella help!!!
Yes, unfortunately Stressina, the familiar stress-related eating monster, is rearing it's fat head. My negative self talk is more than a dull roar. I am eating in the office - a defined no-no. (The office is a place where I tend to eat mindlessly. It's attached to the kitchen, so there's easy access to Stressina's favorites - basically anything in volume)
I find that I have a perfectly normal day, making good choices, feeling satisfied. And then I blow it wide open in the late afternoon or at the end of the day. I don't know that I have a good reason for it.
Through the end of the year, I had a really great activity/workout routine going, including two days with a hot yoga class. I've stayed on track with the aerobic workouts. Quite on track. But I sliced my finger to the bone on a can lid, and I've been out of yoga-commission for the past 3 weeks. That, and I'm a little disenchanted with the yoga studio. The owner/instructor is great - except that she doesn't do a good job limiting class size. The Monday class is SO jammed, and people are not really respectful of each other. Once things get settled, and the class starts up, I can get into my zen mind and just be me and my mat and the teacher's voice. But I noticed that it was getting harder and harder to be enthusiastic about going to class. And then the Franken-finger incident.
Here's the plan on this one: Franken-finger will be mostly healed by next week. I am going to take three more classes at the studio. If it's not ringing my zen chimes, I'm going to - immediately - get myself hooked into another studio. Stay tuned on this one.
Note to self: Stressina's arrival coincides with the absence of yoga classes
Next best choices for the month:
1) So I'm in the groove about the dairy thing. I'm going to finish up the soy-gurt stash and see how the greek introduction goes.
2) I'm going to focus on eliminating some more processed foods. My consumption is already relatively okay - but I want to get out of the tortilla chip and cracker trap I seem to be in. Just because they are Bearitos or Garden of Eatin' or Kashi "healthier" options, they are still processed, and they are some of Stressina's favorite foods.
3) Back to yoga on Monday, with a plan B if I'm feeling squished.
Thanks ya'll for sticking with me.