I honestly didn’t know what to expect by adding more protein to my diet. It was simply a means to an end, an easier way for me to reach my calorie goal. Remember Susan Powter? She lost a lot of weight by eating differently. In her infomercial, she would show the viewers a juicy piece of steak and announce how many calories it was. Then she would reveal a huge pile of vegetables. (I think it was potatoes, actually, but I may be mistaken. This was a long time ago.) She would point out that for the same calorie count, you could have this piece of steak of all of these vegetables. Then she would pointedly ask which the audience felt would be more satisfying, one measly piece of meat or all of these delicious veggies.
And she’s right. Absolutely. I mean, I love vegetables and I eat them all of the time. Only problem is, I wasn’t reaching my daily caloric goal. I would get full too soon. I could force myself to eat when I wasn’t hungry but, thanks to Weight Watchers, I’d already figured out how useless and unsatisfying that could be.
Therein, lay my dilemma. I don’t want to force myself to eat. My doctor and the nutritionist both said I need to eat more calories. What to do? What to do? Add protein. It is filling but I can eat a piece of steak far more easily than I can a pile of veggies. Who couldn’t? So I am trying to eat my veggies as I normally would (easy enough for me to do!) while adding more protein (slightly more complicated) in order to eat my target caloric goal of 1, 400.
So far I’ve failed each and every day. I’m still falling short. Just as I was when I was eating less protein. I wasn’t even eating many more calories a day, just better ones. (Better than I was eating over the holidays, anyway.)
But wait! I lost some weight! In fact, I lost 3.6 lbs (1.6 k)! In one week! Without exercising!!!
I stepped on the scale and off the scale time and again on Sunday when I do my weekly weigh-in because I knew it couldn’t be right. But the numbers didn’t change. I had lost nearly 4 lbs in one week by simply having eggs for breakfast, meat and cheese for snacks, soup for lunch, and a larger-than-Rob’s portion of meat (chicken, turkey, beef) each night. I know some of that is probably water weight.
As for the exercise, I’ve been gradually reintroducing it into my daily life. Not so much for my sake but for Holly’s because she is still getting used to this weird new wonderful life of hers. I am sure she is confused by this curious game I play where I step up and down, up and down, on this thing that is clearly meant for chewing. And the only reason I could have for lying down on the floor is for her to boop me on the head and nip my nose.
No, I have not tried to do my morning yoga. And until Holly is leash trained, daily walks are impossible. But she’s learning the routine and she’s figuring out what she and cannot do. We’re all learning together. And that’s really the best part of it all.
Also, cross your fingers for me. An online no excuses type boot camp was offering free enrollment and I sent in an email request, explaining my “limitations” and my determination. I should know within 48 hours if they are willing to take me on. I wouldn’t blame them if they said “no thank you” because, at my age and such, I am not necessarily the best poster child for immediate success.
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