One of this blog's readers emailed and asked me to clarify what "less" is for me. Here was my thought process for this meal: I could either have less soup and full sandwich or I could have more soup and half sandwich, but I couldn't have more of both. It ended up being the perfect amount of food and I wasn't hungry when I finished this.
It's an awareness of how AND how much I'm eating more than anything. Another example is that Pimento Cheese. As I commented to Shelley, I love that stuff so much I could literally eat it by the spoonful - as in, put a spoon in it, dig some out, eat off spoon. But with my new awareness the thought process goes something like: "I want Pimento Cheese. OK, how can I work that into my food today? Oh, I could have a grilled cheese sandwich and soup tonight. Really and truly it seems that my mind moving towards knowing the food is going to be there another time so I'm not tempted to just eat and eat. If I really think I'm craving something, I figure out where to put it within reason.
It's weird but I feel fuller and more satisfied than at any time when I've dieted and forbidden various things. I'm no Oprah eating bread every day but that's only because I don't necessarily want it every day.
The one thing I did decide to cut out for the most part is alcohol. That actually was only a reduction of about 2 days as usually I would have a cocktail both Friday and Saturday night, plus maybe a glass of wine one weekday. So this past week I was tee-totaling Monday-Friday, drank on Saturday and got right back to no drinking on Sunday.
Whatever the groove is, I'll take it as I am already feeling so much better physically, which is one of my main goals!
Winter workouts can be really tough for me. First of all, I'm not super motivated because 1. It's frigging cold, and 2. Except on weekends, it's dark for the entire workout, and 3. Once we start getting a lot of ice and snow and the roads narrow, I'm stuck on the treadmill.
Some of the workouts are really old school - in fact the workout I did last Tuesday is a workout I had found and started doing before I was even a runner! The date on the page proves it:
This workout "The Walk and Tone Plan" has you warm up and then walk for an allotted amount of time then stop and do a strengthening exercise:
In 2002 - pre treadmill days - I would go to our high school track to do this. Now, except for the warmup and cooldown time, I run rather than walk the segments. And if you look closely you can see years ago I made notes as to how long the segments added up to if you walked 3, 4, or 5 minutes. On the back side of this page, once you're back home, you pick up weights and do a couple upper body exercises. When I go with 5 minute segments, I end up working out for about 50 minutes - perfect for my early mornings.
All in all, I just had a great workout week and that was with temperatures that never left the 20's and windchills below zero. I told Mr. Helen as the week went on I felt better and better and stronger and stronger. This past Saturday it was 19 degrees when I went out for my run and I ran 5 miles. Honestly, had the wind not picked up (our windchills went to 25 below!!!) I think I would have kept running, it was just that good. Let's hope this exercise (not weather!) trend keeps up this week!
On Saturday morning, once my run was done and after I got cleaned up, it was time to get on the scale and see who got the $5 this week. I gave Mr. Helen my camera to document it but told him not to tell me or say it out loud, my plan being to have the $5 be my motivation. He asked me if I felt like I was going to win and I told him I honestly had no idea but the idea wasn't winning, it was staying motivated and feeling better. I didn't feel particularly thinner, and I've had plenty of weeks where I've been angelic only to gain, but that I did feel SO MUCH BETTER physically and that in and of itself made the little things I had been doing worth it.
After a short tutorial on how the zero scale works, I closed my eyes and stepped on the scale and Mr. Helen said, "I'm looking for a 7 and another number plus the word loss or gain, right?"
"Holy crap Helen. Holy crap! You have to let me show you this."
"NO! Did you take a picture? Do I get my $5?"
"Yes, but you have to let me show you this. Just this once, please look. After this week, I'll just take the picture and won't tell you, I promise. You need to look, even I can't believe this - you haven't even been dieting, you've been eating! Please look."
"Ok fine. But from now on you only get to say lost or gained and not tell me how much."
Holy crap, indeed. I am honestly flabbergasted by this. This is the most weight I have ever lost in one week, including pre-thyroid days, including crazy detox diets, including ever. EVER. I don't know what to make of it but hope that it means my metabolism is cooperating. Hey, another pound and I've lost all the weight I gained in 2015!