I'm at 29 pounds lost since Thanksgiving and it's been a few weeks since I've shared about this specifically, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts…
- That photo up there? That's been lunch for the last few weeks. 2 whole grain Wasa crackers, 2 Laughing Cow cheese wedges, chopped up bell pepper and carrot sticks. Before that, it was a spring mix salad with leftover protein from the night before, tomatoes, bell pepper, a few tablespoons of beans (usually black), olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Before that, it was corn tortilla quesadillas with beans and a little hot sauce, and some sort of vegetables.
I tend to get a little obsessed about breakfast and lunch, and eat the same thing for weeks on end until I get sick of it. I can't decide if this is bad or good – on the one hand, I know it's okay for me to eat and it takes less thought. On the other hand…variety is a good thing. Maybe I should try rotating a few of these.
- I took a look at my calorie tracking the other day and realized that I'm very rarely eating anywhere near all that Livestrong gives me…probably because I set my goals up wrong and have had up to 2000 calories a day to eat. That's the average recommended diet for maintaining weight and might have something to do with the fact that my weight loss has been so inconsistent.
I reset it earlier this week – 1585 calories a day.
That makes a little more sense for someone wanting to lose weight. In all honesty, I use the tracking more as a guide and for accountability…but I do tend to look to it when I want dessert or know we're going to be eating out.
- I started using the elliptical at the gym. It still scares the heck out of me, but I did it.
And I didn't die or fall off.
I'd call that a win.
I've been having some minor issues with knee pain, and the doctor recommended the elliptical along with starting to work the muscles around my knees more specifically. The first time I did it, I lasted all of 2 minutes (and that's with normally doing 30 minutes plus of walking in the neighborhood or on the treadmill 5 to 6 days a week). Good grief! I added another 2 minutes after my treadmill time and am hoping to add another 30 seconds or so each time I use it, until my elliptical time replaces my treadmill time. I think I'd definitely like to have one of these at home.
- I'm also thinking that my birthday gift this year will be some sessions with a trainer…but not until we get back from California. The doctor mentioned at my check up that regular exercise is the most crucial component of my fibromyalgia treatment now that I've found the right medication. I agree with him wholeheartedly.
- Speaking of the doctor, I mentioned the symptoms I've been having when I eat wheat (particularly refined white). He asked quite a few questions and we discussed it a bit. The final analysis? I can get tested, but I'm not having severe enough symptoms to really warrant it. He made a note to revisit it at my next check up, but for the most part I'm just trying to avoid it.
His advice: If you know it makes you feel bad, don't eat it. And congrats for being that in touch with your food and your body.
I know it causes me a bit of a headache, can flare my fibromyalgia if I eat too much of it and it's almost impossible for me to lose weight when it's a regular part of my diet. Id' say that definitely makes me feel bad. From a strictly common sense standpoint, I just don't feel the need to eat it…unless perhaps there's a small piece of cake involved. Side note: I do seem to be able to eat very small amounts if it's mixed with something else (like the Wasa crackers) or it's been fermented (like sourdough).
- I've noted this before, but the more I eat better, the more I exercise, the better I feel…the worse I feel when I eat poorly or don't exercise.
And the better I eat, the more I exercise, the better I feel…the more I want to eat even better and exercise even more.
It's a nice feeling. I don't really have any set goals – there isn't a goal weight I'm wanting to hit or a specific size I'm aiming for – I just want to be healthy and feel good again.