June 26, 2015

Roses and thorns

Today I'm marking down a maintain for the week. Some pounds are harder to lose than others, and this week was full of them.

Earlier this week, I was running around, trying to get a dozen things done in the few hours that Noah is at daycare. It wasn't anything big or important, just a lot of little things that needed to be done, and by the time I went to pick up my son, I was exhausted. So I made a simple dinner: turkey hot dogs, cut up strawberries, and watermelon. On MyFitnessPal, I was under my goal by 374 calories.

The next day, the scale was up seven pounds. SEVEN.

I cursed, I grumbled, but I didn't let it get me down - just realized that (a) I need to go to bed earlier so I'm well-rested (b) I need to make sure I am consistently drinking enough water and (c) I need to meal prep more/better so we don't depend on overly salty processed junk when Mama is too overwhelmed to cook. So the next day, I made a pulled pork in the crockpot and roasted a bunch of veggies so I could easily grab a scoop of each and call it a meal. It's simple, but I like simple. Simple works. I start to struggle when I try to complicate things too much. Don't overthink it.

Slowly but surely, the scale inched back down, and today it showed 314, the exact same as last Friday. I'm still up from before our trip to Connecticut, and I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. I know what works, I just need to do it consistently.

One good thing, though, about my workouts this week: I got my new sports bra in the mail, and I LOVE IT. I had heard about Enell's plus size sports bras for years but didn't want to spend the money. DO IT. I ordered it through Amazon - the same price as on the Enell website, but shipping was $12 through Enell and free through Amazon, so there was some savings there. And regardless: it is worth it. I am absolutely a believer. It has incredible support, even more than when I used to wear two sports bras at once. No bouncing, and best of all - no chafing. The front closure worried me at first, but honestly, it isn't uncomfortable and if it fits right, there shouldn't be any issues with it unhooking.

My best friend Lorelei is visiting from Chicago (arriving tonight), and I am incredibly excited to have her here. She was such a huge part of my success the first time around...


We would go to the gym together, run races together, cook together. It was one of only a few relationships I have where the dynamic didn't completely shift as a result of my weight and its various changes, and I am incredibly grateful for that, and for her. I don't feel any food anxiety about her visit, which is great - she even asked if we could cook healthy foods together, which makes me feel so good. It *is* possible to spend time with people and not panic about food, not binge, not completely fall off course and forget long-term goals.

So, this upcoming week: with Lorelei, but still just more of the same, I guess. Sweat. Drink all the water. Do as much meal prep as possible to keep myself on track. Focus on my goals.

What about you? What are your favorite meals to prep in advance?

6 comments:

Rachel Block Smith said...

Have a wonderful visit with your friend!
I meal plan dinners once a week. That includes making a batch of omelet muffins or a breakfast casserole I can take for breakfasts throughout the week. I also make something on the weekend that works well for leftovers like soup, casserole, or precooked burgers/sausages that we can grab for lunches.
I'm with you - simple works best to stay on plan. A protein and fresh or frozen vegetable plus either fruit or a serving of grain is our usual dinner.

Denise said...

Anything I can put in the crock pot or freezer is wonderful. I try to make extra when I cook chili, for instance, because I love it so much and it freezes well.

I also like meals that I can make into other meals, like roasting a chicken one night and then having chicken tacos the next.

73551CA said...

Maintain is better than gain! Have fun with your friend visiting. And thanks for the review of the bra-- after wavering for more than a year about spending so much on a bra, I just ordered myself one!

Anonymous said...

That's something that I really need to get better about, meal prep. With 3 kids and an active partner, I oftentimes find that it's 5pm and I don't know what the heck to make for dinner. I definitely should utilize my slow cooker more often!

So glad your friend is visiting - you deserve some love!

Christina @ Love Yourself Healthy said...

I'm great at meal planning, terrible at execution. I really only cook 2-3 nights per week, the rest of the days are leftovers, or I'll make something easy for the kids and then eat something easy for myself after they're in bed--a big salad, cheese/crackers/fruit, chicken/cilantro wontons (from Costco, they're amazing).

Have a wonderful time with your friend!

73551CA said...

Update: my bra arrived. I put it on and was like WOW!!! Can't wait to try it tomorrow!