I've still been taking all my pictures and eating well and I was HOPING that this would be the week I get my new gym clothes since I was only 0.6 pounds away as of yesterday, but today I was actually up 0.4 pounds from that weight (so much for Saturday always being my lowest weight) so they'll have to wait until next week at least :-(
I've been doing a good job of eating healthy, not bingeing and maintaining my weight, but I think I've reached the point where I really am going to have to cut back on calories to start losing again. I know I SAID that before, but I am finally convinced of it. I know how to eat a normal healthy clean diet right now and that's what I've been doing, but calories are still calories. When I look back on how I lost the next two "decades" of weight the last time through, it was by doing Weight Watchers "Fast Track", which is a pretty restrictive approach where you basically eat 1000 (well-balanced) calories a day and don't use any flex points. The last time I went from the weight I am now to 10 pounds below it was over the course of January 2005 in preparation for my trip to St. Martin and the 10 pounds AFTER that was in January 2006 in preparation for my SECOND trip to St. Martin. As I type this I am realizing that maybe the takeaway point here is that I should schedule a trip to St. Martin next month :-)
Fast Track is kinda boring, but it works. Maybe I should challenge myself to 30 days on the program, just bite the bullet and get 10 pounds off, then rest there a bit as I go back to eating how I am now. The only problem is that I'm not all that nice when I'm doing Fast Track, and I have kids to deal with now who need me to be nice. Still pondering.
As soon as Charlotte wakes up from her nap we'll be heading up to "The Farm" to celebrate Easter. "The Farm" does not have internet OR cell service, so I will be in a technological black hole. So here is all the food I've eaten up until now with a couple shots of what we've been up to.
Thursday April 5th
|Shredded wheat squares, dried cherries, xylitol, cinnamon, milk|
|Later, an egg|
|I was hungry in the morning so I finished up the leftover Mulligatawny soup|
|Weirdo quickly thrown-together salad of greens, olives, leftover Sole, blue cheese. It worked, just barely.|
|Charlotte's leftover Amys Organic Fat Free Vegetable soup with tofu shirataki noodles|
|Mango yogurt strawberry jalapeno smoothie...shared with Charlotte and she LOVED it despite the slight spice|
|Brown rice pasta, chopped chicken sausage with diced tomatoes and peas, chopped fresh herbs and grated 50% light Beemster on top|
After dinner Emily requested that we go on a "picture-taking walk". Of course I had to agree! If I can get her taking pictures for me then I won't be the only one in the family tasked with documenting this crazy ride :-) Here are some of her shots.
|Our neighbor's lawn ornaments that Charlotte is ALWAYS grabbing|
|Me holding Remy still so Emily could get a picture of his face|
|Love this one|
|Charlotte's boo boo :-(|
|From under a Japanese Maple in someone's front yard...that's probably why I didn't look so happy here|
|Grape Hyacinths in our neighbor's yard|
|Our peach daffodils|
Friday April 6th
|Mango coconut walnut cinnamon oats|
|A fried egg on the go|
After morning Zumba I took the girls to a playground of their choosing today...we never did make it to the museum. Oh well, playgrounds are good too.
I really wanted to be an active and involved parent on the playground, so I made sure I was up and running around with them instead of plugged into my phone on a bench. It was exhausting.
|Charlotte refusing to look at the camera|
|There's her face! If only there weren't a huge shadow over it|
|Greens, tomatoes, pine nuts, olives|
|My goofy girl|
|Charlotte sang Happy Birthday to the hummus over and over|
|Cottage cheese + juice-sweetened jelly|
|2 mini blueberry muffins (recipe from Skinnytaste)|
|2 more mini muffins|
|I still wanted more though, so I tried to eat fruit instead|
|Whole wheat mushroom broccoli yellow pepper onion sausage 50% Beemster pizza with roasted brussels sprouts|
|1/2 Mandolin Abbey Ale...very sweet|
|Nonfat plain greek yogurt, mangoes (some pureed, some just chopped) and 2 Tbsp xylitol throwin in the ice cream maker|
Since it was a full moon last night, we did a "moon walk" like last month, except that Emily wanted to make it a moon jog. Oy. After Zumba and playgrounding I DID jog, but I sure didn't like it.
|Sorry...didn't bring my tripod on the jog|
We got up and slammed breakfast, then got out of the house at 8:06AM...I think it was a new earliness record!
|Shredded wheat squares, banana, walnuts, xylitol, cinnamon, milk, coffee|
|My snack egg|
I had a mid-morning snack of leftover roasted brussels sprouts.
Then I was still hungry, and in the type of mood where I'm feeling sick and tired of being hungry all the time (even though I really am NOT, I just think I am), I had 3 dates dipped in peanut butter. I almost just threw in the towel at this point and started eating lots of things and not taking pictures, but I resisted that urge and I'm very glad I did!
Lunch was a massaged kale salad.
|Kale, lime juice, avocado, corn, tomatoes, blue-ish cheese (I forget the kind, but it's tasty) and pecans|
|Emily's leftover tomato bisque from lunch|
|Shared a little bit with Will|
Happy Easter everyone!