I'll bet that if I went back and read past blogs from this time of year, they would be the same. This time of year is a major stressor for me as I get children ready for the big spring musical. It is a huge production and I am responsible for it. As well as keeping my own students on track academically. This is followed by the end-of-the-year camping trip I take them on. This spring, I have had the additional responsibility of heading the hiring committee for the new teacher.
Not complaining. I love my job, and I love what I do. But it is stressful nonetheless.... and I gain weight. 5 pounds this time.
Granted, DH has been bringing home desserts and I have succumbed to them.
Stress, weight gain, carpal tunnel syndrome (inflammation).... okay, okay ~ I can put two and two together. Time to clean up my nutrition act!
OUT with the sugar. All of it. Bye bye. I have been sugar free for three days and already I do not crave it.
Focus on foods that fight inflammation and eliminate foods that are inflammatory.
Back to the food tracker.
I have been away from the food tracker for so long that I did not realize that it syncs with my fitbit. That is yet another motivator.
(There is a wee problem with it though; it seems to record everything twice on my fitbit nutrition page. The first time I checked it out on fitbit after syncing, it said I was 1200 calories over. I knew this couldn't be true because I was under my limits for the day. It was then that I noticed that everything was recorded twice. I have no idea if this is an SP or an FB glitch, but I have to delete all of the double listings on my FB tracker. It's still easier than recording my nutrition manually on both pages.)
So far, so good. It is very helpful to know where I go over. I do eat more fat than recommended, but I always have. Very little animal fat; but I eat walnuts, avocado, use olive oil and coconut oil, there's fat in the coconut milk I drink, etc. I am not certain what to think about this. I have been on maintenance for several years and this has not caused weight gain, and I have excellent cholesterol numbers. In fact, doctors continue to be amazed that I need neither cholesterol nor blood pressure medications at my age. I am definitely doing something right.
Yesterday, I went over my limit by a few hundred calories. I knew I was going to a party so I limited my calories earlier in the day and had a small snack before I went. My friend from Mexico is going home after an extended visit and wanted to prepare a meal for his friends. Pazole, gorditos, and nopolitos. Yum! If I had not had the second gordito and the Negra Modelo beer, I would have been within my limits. However, I'm not worried about that. It was a goodbye party with friends, and the food was excellent and made from scratch. I'll make up for it today.
As for stress, I cannot control the amount of work I have to do. I need to spend a little more time meditating. I have also decided that next year may well be the last year I teach full time. I need to check with a financial advisor before committing to this, but I find it really helps stress reduction knowing that I will not have to drain all of my energy every spring forever.
Remember I lost all of my chickens last spring? I just got two new girls.
I haven't named them yet. They had been named Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, but I'm not crazy about those names. Suggestions anyone?