Ugh, I am relieved that the holidays are over, but not relieved to go back to work. I really enjoyed having as much time off as I did. I was, however, ready to get back to a normal schedule. My husband is a teacher and we are getting his with some bad winter weather. He was supposed to go back to work on Monday but won't be going back until this Thursday. Even I had a snow day on Monday. So today is my official first post holiday day back to work (though I did work a few days in between).
The holidays were nice and we spent them with family. I enjoyed seeing everyone, and getting to spend an entire week with just my husband doing whatever we wanted. We sort of had a little staycation. With that staycation came careless eating and minimal physical activity. The only real exercise I got was when I was lifting my cocktail or wine glass to my mouth.
My goal was to maintain my weight, but I gained. I weighed myself this morning and was.... gasp... 181. That is like a 7 lb gain since October. Yikes. I spent my Monday snow day drinking and eating so I am hoping some of it is just bloat.
The good news is that I am back on track. I am doing the 3-1-2-1 diet for at least a week to get the sugar out of my system. There are pre set menus and I will be following them to the T! The premise is that you eat clean, and it is very clean.. only lean proteins, complex carbs, fruits and veggies, no dairy (other than yogurt) and no corn or white starches. No soda or coffee... dear god. Anyway... the "clean" eating is for 3 days, then you have 1 cheat day (though cheat is relative and very limited) and then 2 more clean days and then another cheat. I saw the book at work and really liked the menus. I figured there was no harm in giving it a try.
Today I ate: a pretty gross smoothie for breakfast (1 c unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 c unsweetened frozen berries, handful of spinach)
turkey breast with quinoa and steamed green beans
chicken, celery, onions and olive oil mixed and wrapped in lettuce leaves and another 1/2 c of quinoa
I feel technically satisfied but I want to punch people because I am detoxing.
I looked back to where I was at this time last year. I don't actually have my weight documented but I was getting ready for my sleeve surgery and had gained a bunch of weight after having my band removed. I believe I was 246 lbs on surgery day. That was 14 lbs from my pre-band weight. So, all in all, I have kept off that 14 lbs and lost an additional 85 (from today's 181). That puts me at 79 down. I am happy, but I really want to keep going in a downward direction over the next year. If I am 20 lbs down by this time next year, I will be very happy. That would put my at 161. Here me now universe. I want to be 161 by 1/6/15 and I am going to make it happen.
Wow, that was long. Thanks for sticking with me!