Highest Weight: 187.4
Current weight : 116.8
Goal range: 113-119
Menopause: 2 years
Alrighty! 2.75 years into weight maintenance. I'm pretty happy about that.
I've been prioritizing sleep this month. I also had a run in with both fermented (pickled onions) and some cold onions (pre biotic?)
Well, let's just say I won't be eating any fermented food for a while. GI problems galore. More so from the fermented onions than the cold onions. Lots of chicken broth and back to my regular food template. I feel much better.
I'll be sticking to my regular food template for the rest of the year. I had forgotten how much GI pain I was in before getting off gluten. And, to think I lived that way day-in-day out thinking that's how everyone felt.
I spoke to a medium sized group at work about using my annual blood draw markers to help motivate me in 2011 to choose to lose weight (avoiding high glucose and HA1c, and hs-CRP) and some tools I use to maintain.(... like weighing daily) I got great feedback from the group after the talk.
I started tracking my food again at My Fitness Pal after I noticed a trend in early Oct 2014. Fast course correction is key to my long term maintenance. Carb levels are key for me. Scale creep, carb creep. It's no accident. Cooler weather will also shift me a pound heavier, but increasing carbs will start to move me into scream weight. I look at the big picture once a week or so, then decide on action steps.
What's working right now
1. Daily Weighing. Data, use it, own it, look for shifts and trends. Action steps like tracking food and looking at carbs.
2. Chicken broth. For the win. 1-2 cups a day.
3. Eating from a lower carb, higher fat food template, feeling full after meals.
4. Prioritizing sleep, spending less time online.
What didn't work in the past
1. Not stepping on the scale and using my slippery slope magical thinking. Sure.. I can eat that Halloween "fun" bar. It's only 3 points. (Hey, I could eat 4. x 3 = 12 points, I hiked this weekend... I deserve.....)
2. Not really understanding how homemade foods could help me feel well and how much processed grains and sugars made me sick, bloated, and with GI issues.
3. Eating a high carb, low fat and never feeling really full.
4. Using TV or the computer (with lots of snacks in hand) to soothe myself at night.