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Weight Gain, Stress, and Tracking

Monday, April 22, 2013

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. emoticon

Stress, weight gain, carpal tunnel syndrome (inflammation).... okay, okay ~ I can put two and two together. Time to clean up my nutrition act!

1. emoticon OUT with the sugar. All of it. Bye bye. I have been sugar free for three days and already I do not crave it.

2. emoticon Focus on foods that fight inflammation and eliminate foods that are inflammatory.

3. emoticon 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?

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    Have you named them yet? How about Ella and Ethel? Or Bette and Barbara? Lol emoticon
    1817 days ago
    Naming the chickens can be fun.
    How about:

    Or some names that match their color?
    CARNELIAN is a reddish-brown gemstone.

    How about TERRA and COTTA?

    JUPITER and VENUS and SATURN are reddish brown planets.

    In SEDONA, Arizona, there are lots of rocks their color.
    In fact, all over ARIZONA there are rocks that color.
    If you wanted two states' names, it could be ARIZONA and DAKOTA.
    (Are they battleships too?)

    How about PENNY for the copper color….
    and PIPER for a sandpiper that can have the same color on its back?

    Have fun with their names.

    1828 days ago
    I, too, consistently eat more fat than the guidelines allow. Like you, it is healthy fat in the form of nuts, avocado, et al. Fats are necessary for my feeling of well-being.

    1828 days ago

    Laverne and Shirley
    1828 days ago
    Those chooks look so intrigued! My favorite chook, alas no longer with us, was called Mrs Bok.
    I'm with you on the fats. And I think you can eat the same calories and if you are stressed you will hold on to extra weight.
    Interested in what are inflammatory foods, have just figured out that what Ieat affects how my body feels pain, but don't know what foods might be involved.
    Since I have been doing the Cura Romana I have NO aches and pains. Except delicious post exercise pangs, which I associate entirely with good things, despite the fact that they do hurt a bit.
    Oh, hang on, I spoke too soon, my last Zumba session this morning was squat central and I can feel it more than I would like.
    1828 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2013 5:26:15 AM
    Love the girls! We name animals after favorite directors, characters, and movies since we're film buffs.
    I think going over the SP recommendations on fat is fine. The fats are healthy and your numbers are good. I think SP follows USDA guidelines, which I don't put too much stock in anyways.
    I am on the SparkD program for diabetics and if I followed their guidelines I'd be on insulin :/
    At least you recognize the stress and acknowledge the gain for what it is. The weight will be lost, just keep it in check. The party sounds wonderful! It would be sinful to pass up all that good home cooked food! You can repent later...
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    1829 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I have always wanted chickens!

    I think everybody - literally - is different. You're eating healthy fats, your numbers are good - if it ain't broke don't fix it!
    1829 days ago
    Sounds so familiar. Visitors have moved on, but you want to treat them to all your favorites, back on track with the exercise & food. I like LMB100's suggestion of name the girls something like Rojo & Rossa
    1829 days ago
    I enjoyed your blog and can so relate! We just have to keep on pushing! Good luck with names for your chickens....

    Have a great week!
    1829 days ago
    Nothing beats "trackin' the snackin'"! Kudos to you! :-)

    1829 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    I can never think of clever names for animals. The last time I was given a pair of critters to name, I called them Thing One and Thing Two.

    Anyway, as for the fat content issue: many people, myself included (and this was true when I was skinny, too) seem to need more fats in our diets, both to have any energy whatsoever and to keep from being constantly hungry. Back in, what, the 1980s?, when Susan Powter was advocating fat free, I tried it for a week or two and nearly fell on my face. I've wondered if for some people the power of the low-carb thing isn't the just lack of carbs but the presence of more fat in the diet.

    For the last year or so, (and while not setting the world on fire, I've lost 45 pounds - about 35 to go ) my diet has consisted of deciding whether my grandmother, a WWI era RN, would recognize what I was thinking of having, and if she did, would she eat it? Other than stuffed squash blossoms, it's worked so far.
    1829 days ago
    I love your new girls :-) They are such a pretty color! Maybe their names should reflect their color, some version of "Red" or something?

    Good luck getting back on track! I know how hard it is to get off!
    1829 days ago
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