The title really says it all.
I took several weeks off of tracking and just maintained for a while. Then I got hit with a lazy bug and a salt-tooth and stopped even trying to maintain, which of course bit me in the butt, but only to the tune of five pounds, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
I have come to a couple of conclusions, though:
Watching what I eat bores me. Probably because the easiest preparation/most cost effective thing for me to do is have the same breakfast, lunch, and snacks Monday-Friday. I find if I try to change things up, it gets expensive (multiple ingredients), time consuming (put thought into it??) and wasteful (not all of the multiple ingredients gets used in a timely manner, and I have about zero spare freezer space so I can't prepare much ahead of time). But I think the lack of variety causes me to snack like crazy when I get home, which has been happening frequently the last few weeks. So I need to find a way to address this problem.
The other conclusion is that I have a huge salt-tooth and most advice in this regard centers around a sweet tooth. Maybe because it's easy to offer up healthy alternatives for a sweet craving - if you want something sweet, have an apple or some dried fruit, and that banana cream dessert (you know, the pureed frozen banana stuff) really is a good sub for ice cream - but there's no easy way to satisfy the craving for some Wavy Lays and a dish of French onion dip that doesn't still involve junk food of some kind. I guess I *could* salt a celery stick and dunk it in some low-fat, low-sodium yogurt or cottage cheese based dip, but...blech, that sounds like a poor substitute.
The last conclusion is that I think I would have less snacking problems if I ate bigger, more satisfying breakfasts and lunches. Under the traditional breakfast (equal/greater) lunch (equal/greater) dinner plus small snacks model, I'm really hungry when I get home. I eat breakfast between 7 and 7:30, go to lunch at 11:30 (work schedule dictated), don't get home until 5:30 or 6, and it's frequently between 7 and 8 before we get dinner eaten, and the small late-afternoon (around 4:30) snacks don't really hold me.
I'm thinking if I'm more full from breakfast and lunch, the late-afternoon snack would tide me over better until dinner. And if I eat most of my food earlier in the day, that's more time to burn it off. It's worth a try, anyhow.
So back to tracking, a bit less slacking, sights set on the next 10-15 pounds.