Breakfast Then and Now and Increase Calories—Lose More!
I started my Sunday with an overstuffed scrambled egg white/veggie wrap. It was so wonderfully filling. I can remember fixing a big weekend breakfast almost every weekend back long before this journey started. It’s crazy to think about now, but I went out of my way to make it the heaviest, most calorie laden meal of the week. Sausage patties, scrambled eggs loaded with cheese, biscuits and gravy, and even hashbrowns. And it wasn’t just the selection, it was the amount---I fixed enough breakfast to feed ten, just for the four of us---sometimes five if the girls had a friend over. It was completely ridiculous, but very much a normal part of our weekends of old. It’s never like that now. If the girls are with me, I’ll offer to fix them what I’m having---and I’ll give them the calorie count too. They enjoy it and marvel at the fantastic calorie value. It’s amazing how many calories we were eating before, simply sickening really.
Courtney spent time with me today. We visited about a variety of things, including our plan to go to the YMCA tomorrow after she’s finished with school. It’s going to fall right in the middle of my normal nap time, but I need to either shorten or move, or better---eliminate nap time all together. I’d have a more regular nighttime sleeping schedule if not for my love of naps. We decided to have dinner at home and then see Avatar. I prepared an oriental style chicken, shrimp, mushroom, and wild rice dish. I eliminated a few items from the recipe to lower the calories. We each enjoyed a bowl for 450 calories. It was a little high, considering it was one dish, but it was our dinner…so I’m OK with that. I typically stay away from rice or any other kind of Asian cuisine. But the girls love it, I mean they LOVE IT! So I was the good sport today and gave it a whirl. Not bad, don’t tell Courtney, but I can think of several things I would have rather spent 450 calories eating. ;)
Avatar was pretty good. OK, it was amazing. The special effects were out of this world spectacular, and I normally don’t like “that kind” of movie. But then I realized, aside from the good vs. evil premise…this one is unlike any other movie ever, hardly fitting any “that kind” of category. James Cameron’s brain is just incredible. Courtney loved it too. I’m taking Amber to see it the weekend after next if she hasn’t already and it’s still in theaters.
The increased calorie situation has been wonderful. I just slightly increase throughout the day and I can hit it easily. The first two weeks resulted in a three-pound loss. We’ll see what Wednesday brings. I imagine it will be good! I feel lighter.
So how does that work? Eat more and lose more? It’s a metabolism thing. I don’t understand it all, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But---if you cut the fuel supply to your metabolism---it will sputter, and if it sputters, it’s not going to burn as efficiently. Add some extra quality fuel coupled with increased physical activity, and it can rev up the metabolism! Faster metabolism equals more weight loss. Melissa can explain it so much better. I should ask her to do a guest post sometime! Whenever I hear of someone drastically cutting their calories in an effort to lose more, I’m saddened by what they’re putting their metabolisms and themselves through.
Thank you for reading. Goodnight and…