Tuesday, December 03, 2013
We're nearing the end of the Challenge. My weight was down a little bit last week.... which on the face of it, was good.... but I had snuck a peek at the scale mid-way through the week and it was looking much better. By Saturday though, the loss was much less and I was disappointed.
Two things contributed to that, and they're closely related. I know I probably overdid it on the sodium on Thanksgiving. (I took a zero on the sodium for the challenge that day, since I didn't track and figured I was over.) And I gave up trying to track all my food for a couple days. No, I did not weigh and measure all my food at Thanksgiving dinner. And no, I did not enter all the recipes I used to prepare the meal, so I'd have an accurate count of all the nutrients.
I reckon I'm grateful Thanksgiving comes around just once a year.
Had a bunch of company for the holiday, from Wednesday til Monday. Ended up pulling an all-nighter Thursday into Friday... went Black Friday shopping with my sisters in the middle of the night. Kohl's was pretty busy, but there was hardly no one at Walmart at 2 a.m. Except us, of course. I've never seen that store so empty of shoppers. The good news is that all my Christmas shopping is done. Got to get the last of it wrapped up and mailed off, and then start on the baking.
So I blew the "8 hours of sleep" right out of the water last week, too. I DID get the water in though.
And in the midst of all that company and cooking and cleaning and visiting and shopping.... DH and I traded in my car on Saturday and I got a new (to me) truck. Love it! So the old Grand Marquis made its last Black Friday shopping trip. The trunk in that car was huge. Next year, we'll use DH's car for the shopping. The trunk's not as large but it'll do.
This week for the challenge, the LTGL is using a 9" plate. This one's easy for me; our dinner plates are 10-1/2" total width, but have a "lip" or rim on them. The portion of the plate that we actually put food on, is 8-1/2". The thing is though, that even with a smaller plate-- you have to be careful not to build yourself a Mt. Everest of mashed potatoes or whatever; not going vertical because you've eliminated the possibility of going horizontal, with the food. Sometimes I think the perception of feeling satisfied by a plateful of food, has a lot to do with how that food looked on the plate to begin with. A serving of rice (1/2 cup) on a huge plate looks so puny to begin with. It looks much more generous on a smaller plate. When I replaced the dishes, I went with all white. I think the contrast of the colors of the food makes it look better. Steamed broccoli (or just about any low-starch vegetable) really pops, on those plates.
I'm hoping to finish up this challenge with another loss for the week. I don't think I'll make the 5% goal overall-- but when I started the challenge, I didn't think I'd make it as far as I have. So I'm really pleased with what I've lost; my clothes are fitting better and I feel great!