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.