Daily Bread #72
This week proved that doing the math is not always enough. Even though my calculated calorie deficit was larger than last week, I gained 4 pounds, my largest weekly gain since beginning the program. Maybe it was the 3 dinners out I ate while in Monterey on a short get away. Eating out always involves calorie guesstimates and I could have grossly underestimated. Maybe it was because I cut back on calories the week before while increasing my exercise and that sent my body went into starvation mode. Maybe it is a new medication that causes some water retention, and most likely it is a combination of all 3.
There is so much mystery in life.
Monterey was beautiful and I walked a lot amid simply gorgeous scenery. I enjoyed myself and I enjoyed the dinners I ate. It was all good food, just a little too rich and a little too much. This week, I will get back to my more usual habits, because they really are habits now.
The class was helpful tonight. I had been a bit overconfident due to being so successful for so long. Humility is important and this week was a bit of a wake-up call to keep paying attention. We talked about emotional eating and I don’t think I do that anymore, although it was a habit in my past. Eating is not how I deal with stress anymore. I don’t eat out of boredom and I avoid junk foods. I just need to be a bit more careful in French restaurants as good Moules Frites are just too yummy for me to resist. And I did underestimate the calories in them – by a lot. The mussels were cooked in both butter and cream. They were REALLY good though, and it is OK to indulge once in awhile. One of my friends in the group said that when she indulges, she gives herself a penance, something as simple as a walk around the block can make up for a handful of tortilla chips. Some things obviously require longer walks.
L’Chaim! This week’s stats: I am drinking about 72 ounces of water most days. My Fitbit report shows 89431 steps last week for over 37 miles. I ate approximately 9247 calories and burned 17547 for a deficit of 8300. I am up 4 pounds for a total loss of 131.2 .