Friday, May 10, 2013
I've been consistently tracking for about 6 weeks now - well, probably a bit longer than that, but the last 6 weeks are the numbers I'm focusing on.
If I eat whatever I want (within reason) I end up at about 1900 calories per day. This leads me to think that is probably my maintenance range. Here are a few observations:
My goal of eating 1300-1500 or so calories per day is possible.
In order to stay in that range I need plenty of food available - fruit, nuts, eggs, and salad makings specifically.
I need to avoid alcohol, almost entirely (I love, love, love a glass of wine after dinner, and I enjoy a craft beer immensely. This one is harder for me than I like to admit.)
Cooking in advance helps. For example, if there is a bowl of cooked chicken in the refrigerator, I will eat it for lunch or dinner. If there are roasted veggies waiting, it's easy to throw them on a salad. So, I need to make sure I cook more than I want to eat a couple of times a week.
Keeping the kitchen clean is imperative. If everything is clean, I will cook. If I have to wash dishes first, I'm much more likely to NOT cook.
I have not stayed in my preferred range for a full week yet. In other words, I'm horribly inconsistent.
With these observations in mind, I should be able to make some positive changes in the NEXT six weeks. My "reset" is supposed to be twelve weeks, so I'm halfway there - seems like a good time to move from observing to implementing change.
My chiropractor suggested munching on raw veggies all day, everyday to "change my metabolism." I'm somewhat skeptical, but willing to try. I do love carrots and sugar snap peas. Why not keep a dish of them handy for easy snacking? Even if I crammed them in constantly, it wouldn't amount to very many calories.
I have an appointment to get my hair cut today. It won't be anything drastic. It took almost 40 years for me to grow it this long - I think I'll keep it for a bit. I'm also going to get a pedicure soon, so that I can wear summer sandals without feeling self conscious. Got to look professional for my new job!
My official starting date is May 28, so my husband and I have decided to take a vacation before I start. For the first time ever, we are going to try to rent a beach house and stay for a full week. My brother knows someone who owns a house in Ft. Morgan, AL, on the beach. It's not a super nice house or anything, so it's fairly reasonably priced. Hopefully, by this time next week, I'll be sipping coffee, watching the dolphins play in the bay, and contemplating just how wonderful life is.