Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 Good Problem

June 22, 2017 Good Problem

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with good support.

I picked up some refined sugar-free almond/cashew butter tonight. It isn't as appealing to me as the crunchy all-natural peanut butter. I eliminated the peanut butter from my food plan. This is similar, but different enough, it might be okay. Same boundaries--every gram weighed and no spoon licking!! It'll certainly provide a nice calorie boost when the budget is lower. It'll be used sparingly. That stuff is made of gold, apparently. 

At the risk of sounding annoying to some, I eat well enough--I'm just not hungry between meals. Some of my meals are likely too big. And still, getting enough calories is difficult some days. That's the challenge for me in maintenance mode. It's a very "good problem." But--coming from where I've been, it's something to seriously consider because some go the other way and start eating too little on purpose. I can't imagine doing that. I often find myself eating the last food of day--not because I'm hungry; because I'm trying to hit budget, and anyway-- maybe I need to shut it off tonight and revisit this tomorrow. I need sleep.


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  1. You know, it really doesn't matter how 'big' or small a meal is, only that we stay within the boundaries of what works for us individually. I liken it to a baby in a playpen. The 'toys' I have are safe for me, and I can play with all, some or none of them. The playpen creates the safe boundaries for ME, not YOU. Your mileage may vary.

  2. I too eat less frequently and eat bigger meals.
    I too am NOT hungry between meals. They are big enough to hold me. I am to the point where I just do not want to think about food too often.

    I am older, smaller, shorter and female so my calorie level is not as high as yours. And I cannot do as many carbs as you can. But I relate to what you uncover to help yourself.

    And because (like you) I have removed things that are triggering or get the taste buds too engaged, I am content.

    The biggest self help thing I ever figured out was that sugar-salt-fat loop that made me want to just move from one thing to the next, looking for a "fix".

    Were you eating the pb on bread before? And were you adding fruit spread of some kind? Healthy version of a pbj? Because I cannot do that either.

    And as I said, stirring in protein powder changes the taste/texture just enough (for me) so it is no longer triggering. But if I tried to eat it on bread with a spread, still would be triggering even with the powder added.

  3. It's possible that I'm not remembering some of your previous posts correctly but it seems like you've been under your calorie budget more and more and at a recent weigh in, you were up a few pounds. Is it possible that you've reached a point where you don't need as many calories? maybe your metabolism is slowing down, exercise is getting routine etc...


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