Friday, October 24, 2008
I don't know what it is about colder weather. My body seems to think it is going into hibernation mode and I seem to get more hungry. I have really struggled this week to keep the calorie count within my range of 1200-1500. It has been hitting in the higher ranges than I would like. I've upped my exercising and know this has alot to do with it as well. I'm not noticing any weight loss either. I think it is my time to hit a wall. Another bad thing is I love all the "comfort" foods this time of year. Sweet potatoes, chili, soups, potatoes, pumpkin pies and peanuts in the shell. I'm trying to find ways to make these lighter and not as heavy as I used to make them. I've learned to make my fruit pies now with Splenda so that helps but still they are higher in fat than I would like. I know I'm really going to have to watch myself through Thanksgiving. My daughter-in-law loves to cook, especially bake so thankfully she will handle most of the cooking this holiday season. I'm also looking at buying healthier Halloween candies like the fruit roll ups and gummys instead of the regular high sugar, high fat things. I may even buy pencils and hand out. But I have learned through this summer that there are definitely things I don't need to keep around my house like chocolate candy!!! I have found a "guilt-free" chocolate frozen fudge bar with only 60 calories so let that be my chocolate treat. I still have a long way to go and hopefully I won't fail during this time of year. Another main problem is with colder wetter weather, I do not like to move much. Joints just don't seem to work as well, but I am going to really make an effort to get out an walk. Walking, I've found, is peaceful and theraputic and I really enjoy it!! Still don't like basic exercising but am trying. Hope to make this a really fruitful holiday season.