Saturday, November 30, 2013
For breakfast I had a cup of seedless grapes and two eggs over easy with coffee. We were eating dinner early (2:30) so I didn't want to eat too much. Then I went for a nice 2 mile walk in the freezing cold after I popped the turkey in the oven.
Hubby and I ate dinner at home, just the two of us. I roasted a 10 lb turkey breast massaged with butter, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. I even pulled the heart out of the bag of giblets and roasted that, having it for a snack after my walk. Yum! Our sides were not crazy plentiful, but were delicious.
-Spinach salad with candied walnuts, reduced-sugar craisins and tangerine dressing
-Roasted acorn squash halves stuffed with bread cubes, heavy cream, monterey jack, bacon and scallions
-Mashed red bliss potatoes
-Homemade turkey gravy
-Homemade cranberry sauce
The acorn squash was SUPER GOOD but SUPER filling and a better portion would have been 1/4 squash instead of 1/2. We were both uncomfortably full. BUT the good news is my entire meal, including a glass of sweet red wine, was around 1,000 calories. Now that might sound like a lot, but considering the average American eats 4500 calories on ONE Thanksgiving meal, I think I did pretty well!
We went to my Godmother's for dessert, which helped a lot, because now I don't have leftover pie!
I had planned on enjoying myself, so I had a piece of pumpkin pie with Cool Whip, a piece of pumpkin cake (which was like pumpkin pie filling with a pecan streusel topping) one choclate chip cookie, one oatmeal raisin cookie, and one peanut butter cookie. I also had 2 cups of coffee with half and half but no sugar. I finished my day around maintenance! I was super happy.
The water weight has already come off, as well, so I did well!
Tonight I'm using leftover turkey to make croquettes, and we're having leftover mashed potatoes and gravy with them. No idea about next week's meals yet, except it will include some red meat, because hubby and I are poultry-ed out!
Hope you all had a great time with your families like I did!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
(No, I have not gained, but I am addressing many issues I see on the Panic! boards that continually amaze me.)
Weight loss is NOT linear. Sometimes, no matter what you do, no matter how well you behave, you will see a gain. IT HAPPENS! There are so many factors regarding weight loss (humidity, temperature, digestion, sodium, water intake) that there is no way your body is going to be consistent 100% of the time. That's just how the body works! It's normal! You are NOT a failure!
Here are some of the reasons you might gain, and possible reasons why (please note this is not a scientific list, but a list from EXPERIENCES I've gathered from several sources):
1) You overate by 3500 calories or more in a single day.
Okay, you binged. This is probably real weight gain. This is most likely the time to really reassess your eating, and is a legitimate reason to worry.
2) You started exercising more or added strength training.
When you exercise, particularly strength training, your muscles get microscopic tears. This is how you build muscle. When your muscle repairs itself, it's stronger. HOWEVER, your body requires extra water to repair your muscles! Your body will retain water at first when you increase exercise. IT'S NORMAL. Don't panic! It's just water weight and it will come off as your body adjusts to exercise. This could take a week or more!
3) You ate more sodium than normal one day.
Salt is hydrophilic. That means it looooves water! Your body wants to regulate the extra salt by holding onto water. Drink some extra water and it will come off in a day or two if you're careful with your sodium intake.
4) You are a woman.
A woman's hormones fluctuate throughout her cycle. Most women retain water just before menstruating. It's normal to have a gain then. Some women, like myself, retain water around ovulation instead. I ALWAYS gain a pound or so in the middle of my cycle. I also am STARVING during this week! I feel like a bottomless pit. My strategy is to eat a couple hundred extra calories a day, but to stay below maintenance. The weight comes off in a few days. (In fact, right now, I am maintaining my weight 3 weeks out of the month then the week before menstruation I lose all my weight for the month. Now that I recognize this pattern, I've stopped worrying about not losing anything for 3 weeks, because it's how my body works. Learn how YOUR body works!)
5) It's hot and humid where you are.
Humidity makes it hard to sweat. Some people, like myself and my mom, can swell in hot and humid weather. My skin feels tight and stiff. I retain water. What have we learned about water retention? IT MIGHT SHOW A GAIN ON YOUR SCALE. But it's not REAL weight! Don't panic!
6) Digestion. (Some might think this is gross, but everyone poops, so chill out!)
If you haven't pooped recently, your scale can show a gain. DON'T PANIC! Once your digestion levels itself off that weight will come back off. (Although, don't expect that weight to come off as SOON as you poop. The body is weird, and it doesn't work that way!)
I'm 100% positive there are other reasons we have gains. But unless you're eating more than your maintenance calories, you shouldn't gain. Maintenance calories differ for everyone, and the SparkPeople calories are a guideline. Listen to your body and adjust as necessary. Just don't eat too few calories, because that can seriously screw up your body!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Got this in my e-mail this morning:
"The loudest arguments, Andrea, happen in your own head, and your greatest opponent, is yourself.
Happily, you're the most amazing peacekeeper, strategic negotiator, brilliant diplomat, hot life coach, and coolest best friend we've ever known.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I'm just now getting to the shirataki noodles I bought several weeks ago.
The package has no expiration date, so I'm assuming they're fine.
I had read that they can have a harsh smell, and that most people boil them for a minute in water to reduce the smell, so I decided to do that. I set some water on a small pot on the stove and set it to boiling. Meanwhile, I snipped open the bag and took a whiff. UGH. They have a FISHY smell! So I drained them AND rinsed them, which greatly reduced the smell. I boiled them for exactly 1 minute and drained them again. Now they have a toasty, almost cooked egg roll sort of smell. I doused them in a cup of chicken broth with a teaspoon of soy sauce in it for flavor. Now to taste!
Hmm. They have NO FLAVOR except the broth! This could be good. =) The texture is like those curly cheap ramen noodles but a bit rubberier. I think the broth should be a bit more flavorful, but for a TEN CALORIE snack before dinner, it's quite satisfying! I will buy them again! And for $1.69 for a 2.5 serving bag, it's a reasonable price. (Think about the amount of noodles you get in a packet of ramen. Would be fantastic in a thai coconut curry sauce with a ton of veggies and chicken.
Now for the veggie lasagna recipe!
It was YUMMY, and I highly recommend it!
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