If anyone asks, I was naughty this holiday season. Amid mouthfuls of baked macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and tamales, I wavered. Between bites of baklava, pumpkin pie, and cranberry blondies topped with white chocolate buttercream , I failed. I gained about 10-12 lbs, mostly around Christmas. It was nice not to worry about carbs and sugar for a while, but the whole family lacked control. We all went on Phase 1 this week to straighten up. I’ve lost 7.5 lbs since Monday. It makes me happy that so much of the weight gain turned out to be water weight. I really hate Phase 1, though. As always, the fruit on sale is (or appears to be) wonderful during Phase 1.
Even though it may seem like it, I don’t use Phase 1 as a punishment. It’s more like a reboot. I’d like to get into juice fasts, but they seem so expensive. I’ve been contemplating changing up my diet so I focus on balanced eating and low calorie rather than low carb. I would focus on eating more protein and vegetables, but still omit processed, refined flours and sugars. I’d probably relax on corn simply because I like corn tortillas for tacos and tostadas as well as corn on the cob. I’d relax a little bit on white potatoes, but they’d still be an occasional thing. I don’t miss the potatoes very much, but I do miss corn. I don’t need corn syrup, though.
I need to work on portion control something awful. I tend to wake up around noon and eat two meals between 3pm and 11pm, and then snack quite a bit. I need to work on that so I eat earlier. Whenever something really good is close by (crepes!), I definitely overeat.
Today, I received yet another Amazon order. It had a multivitamin, cat toys, and exercise DVDs. I don’t think I should order any more, but I get excited reading the descriptions and end up ordering them. I’m not ready for the 30 Day Shred. Seriously, I got 2 or 3 minutes in and had to quit. I haven’t exercised since before Thanksgiving. I ordered some others that looked easier. I’ve done the bellydance DVD off of Netflix, as well as one of Leslie Sansone’s workouts, so I know I’ll be able to handle that level of activity. I got the Island Girl workout because it looked fun and the Tannith Lee workout had good reviews, and both were very cheap. I figured it was worth checking them out.
I really liked the Kettlenetics workout, but I’m uncomfortable with my stance. I’m never sure if I’m doing it write since most instructors on DVDs emphasize having knees slightly bent, and the Kettlenetics instructor appears to lock hers. I’m more comfortable with locked knees because of my natural gait/posture/stance, but I don’t want to cause any damage. I’ll figure it out.