The biggest news of the day is that my scale hath finally moved! Now with that, I have to confess that I had not been holding steady at 208 the last few weeks. My weight had actually crept up a bit as far as 213, which freaked me out, thus calorie counting, etc. Of course, then I realized, with Celia's help, that my carbs were out of control, so I have been working tirelessly to reduce that number. I have stayed away from the scale for almost two weeks now, afraid to look at it, but instead focused on what I was eating and getting a form of exercise five days a week as I had also been somewhat been lax in that area as well. Today, the stricter regiment paid off as from 213, I am down to 206, which is that much closer to my next goal of 199.9.
Here is what I am learning: I can never be an out of control snacker. I cannot graze, wandering to the kitchen for something to nibble on all day and evening long. When the urge hits, I try to do something else now and have actually started picking up fiction reading again in the evenings or in the afternoons, I've been taking a book out to the deck with my water. It helps more than you can imagine.
I have not cut out all carbs, but instead am choosing fruit (no more bananas for the most part) and veggies as my snacks when I need to have something. I have stopped my cereal in the mornings other than in an emergency, instead reaching for scrambled eggs with some cheese for the protein. What I am also discovering with this is that eating the eggs in the AM instead of the cereal, I am full for MUCH longer through the morning, which automatically is cutting back on my snacking.
I can't ever give up with this and I can't let myself fall back into old habits, which is so easy to do. Doing so, results in gains on the scale and after losing over 100 pounds, I don't want it back again. EVER. England is going to be a challenge, but I am trying to mentally get things into place. If we were only going for a week, I would not have to be as careful, but three weeks? I could do serious damage.
Next, if you remember, I pitched "The Amish Project" to you awhile back. Check out Jessie's video and if you are going to be near the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, June 4-June 28th, check out this show! It is amazing! I wish I was going to be here if for no other reason than to see it again!