Thursday, February 14, 2013
This is a familiar point in the journey. A month and a half ago when my doctor announced my blood sugar results, I gained a new burst of motivation which led me to pretty easily stick to my diet and exercise and drop 5 pounds. But sooner or later that initial burst wears off and you're looking at the long haul.
This week I began to slide a little. I still ate only the foods on my plan and tracked all day, but I didn't bother to track every bite of dinner and evening snack, just "estimated" in my mind, which means I probably went over by a couple of hundred calories.
And my knees have been hurting more than usual, so I skipped some evenings on the Gazelle. (My doctor told me to only do aerobics involving the legs every other day because of old knee injuries, but I've been doing the Gazelle every night and I don't want to stop) I know I need to drive up to the Y and go swimming instead but I haven't managed to do it yet - so unappealing in this cold weather to put on the swimsuit and all.
So. Time to regroup. As far as the food, I've learned from past experience that the best thing I can do at this point is focus on making eating more fun and interesting. The first few weeks I was fine just grabbing turkey and eggs and sardines, but now boredom is setting in and feelings of deprivation are not far behind. So this weekend I cooked a chicken in white sauce dish, using pureed cauliflower to thicken, flavoring with grated parmesan, and it worked great. I've also been eating lots of homemade of vegetable soup... thinking I'll add some eggplant, mushrooms, some other interesting veggies. Added a chocolate dessert to my Groupings that's just unsweetened cocoa powder, Stevia and a tbsp of peanutbutter.
The exercise is more challenging. It got just barely warm enough to walk two days this week, but I still need to find aerobics that are mostly upper body. One night I just did modified jumping jacks in front of the TV for 20 minutes - doing it all with the arms and just pointing the legs in and out, and then danced the twist.