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Stepping softly into the room...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The continued "likes" and support of my activities, as well as encouraging words of a select few have brought me tiptoeing back here. Cautiously and optimistically looking around seeing if I am ready to come back. I missed my friends and the supportive community that is here. So I will stroll through learning from the journeys of others and contributing my own support and encouragement. Previously I used SP as a support group. This was a place to help me through the journey of losing weight and seeing things differently. Once I achieved my weight goal it was difficult to relate and fit in. Now I am at the next stage of my journey and ready to start learning again. To "feed" off of the journeys of others and the motivation that comes from seeing others' trials/successes.

So a recap of the last... gosh 8months. How the time does fly past. Summer is on our heels. :)

I finished a year of maintaining 135-140lbs in April. I am still controlling my intake of wheat and sugar. I allow small bites of wheat a couple times a week. Most of the time I regret it because of the after effects of bloat, cravings, and fatigue. I have allowed my sugars to go above 20g/day. I try to stay within 5-10% of my calories. I track everything/every day and still keep a spreadsheet of all my numbers. I calculate monthly averages and try to look at the big picture and not the individual days or weeks. I go out to dinner, splurge, eat buffets, and pig out occasionally on junk food. With all of these practices I have maintained my weight. That is because I have also made sure to average 2-3hrs/wk of structured exercise and watch my activity/steps. I got a Fitbit. :) I walk 2-3x a week with my dog &/or daughter.
My averages for the year are:
Calories: 1758, Carbs: 138g (31%), Fat: 105g (54%), Protein: 60g (14%), Net Carbs: 125g (29%)

During the last 6 months my carbs have been closer to 35%. This may result from my increase in bread type carbs. I eat gluten free breads/waffles/pancakes/baked goods, rice, and sweet potatoes. I have to be careful of the added sugars in the GF products. I still love eating butter, creams, meats, veges, and fruit.

My next two-fold journey is taking a closer look at what I eat and my habits. Looking at how the carbs I eat also can turn to sugars or be empty/nutrition lean calories. I do eat chips, crackers and cookies. A lot of the foods I eat are easily prepared/processed foods. The second part is seeing if I can step away from the strictness of weighing everything, knowing servings by eye. It is an annoyance to my family and makes it difficult in situations away from home. Possibly a crutch/false security. Besides most labeling has a large margin of error.

I am currently struggling with the increase of hunger when I increase my exercise. So I hope a look at my eating habits/foods will help me figure out how to snack properly before and after exercise. Which is difficult when you are watching carb numbers. I do love bananas, but they skew my numbers. Protein is not a problem for muscle repair though.

This is a large task and I will try to break it down into pieces. It is difficult when my lazy inner child that loves junk food says "what needs to be changed, you made it a year with these eating habits." lol

Thank you for reading my update/thoughts/goals. I will blog my progress/insights/struggles. I hope you all are doing well and wish you the best on your journey.

Ivy
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  • no profile photo CD15145828

    You are doing SO incredibly well. That is amazing, your maintenance.

    I know you will figure out how to obey your hunger without it causing you to regain your weight. Oh I hear you, on that "inner lazy child" !!

    Glad you're back home, Ivy. You've been missed.


    hugs, Sue
    1789 days ago
  • CARBMONSTERII
    First of all, it is SO good to read your words again. Secondly, uber congrats on a year of maintenance weight. Thirdly, you are the most disciplined, dedicated soul I know. I envy and respect your ability to continue to weigh, track and structure your life the way you have to achieve your goal(s). I think we all do what we, as individuals, need to do and what resonates with us, to reach the goals that are important enough for us to do "whatever it takes". Good luck with your nutritional journey to handle the "Hunger Beast" after workouts, I know you will conquer this, too. And lastly, I hope SP can give you some, at least, of what you are looking for, as some of your friends (read me) have missed you!
    1790 days ago
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