Once again, I just haven’t been posting lately. All is well here (very well, in fact). I just didn’t have much to write. I was going to write a “catch up” post yesterday, but then I won’t have anything to post for Friday Night Photos, which I enjoy the most. But honestly, I don’t even know if I have much for it! Haha.
I’ve been working on a few small projects lately (two for other people) and I’ve been busy organizing different parts of the house. I absolutely love organization, so I get kind of excited when there’s a space that needs tidying up. Lately I’ve been working on sorting/condensing my sewing. I hate that I always have it spread out over my dining table.
Anyway, as far as my weight goes, I wasn’t thrilled with the scale. However, I wasn’t surprised either.
I’m pretty much the same as last week. I was at 141.0, today I was at 141.2.
I say I’m not surprised, but it’s not because I eat junk and make bad choices about what I eat. For the past two weeks I have been eating really, really healthy food. My problem right now is portion control. However, I wasn’t too concerned about this because I had a bigger concern: sweets.
For the past couple of weeks, my main focus has been getting sweets/sugar out of my system so I can stop craving sugar. I’ve been doing really well with it and the cravings are minimal now. I just have to remember that even one bite of a cookie can trigger the craving again and it is SO HARD to go back to that point. Not worth it at all.
Instead of sweets at night, I’ve started making something else that’s really filling and I look forward to it — but it’s not exactly low-calorie. In a bowl, I cut a banana. Drizzle with peanut butter and a little (maybe a teaspoon) of maple syrup–which doesn’t affect me like refined sugar does. top with toasted walnuts and my seed mix (chia, flax and hemp).
It is SO good and definitely healthy. I should probably cut the whole thing in half so I don’t take in so many calories. And probably cut out the maple syrup now that my sweet tooth is under control.
I’ve also been focusing on fiber for the past couple of weeks, so I’ve been eating lots of beans, lentils and whole grains. We replaced our rice cooker when we saw a nice one on Black Friday. (Amazon links are affiliate links.) This is what we bought; it was $85 on Black Friday, but now it’s $99. Our (cheap) rice cooker was probably about 10-15 years old and definitely ready to be replaced. Especially considering we use it so often.
We eat A LOT of rice — probably 4-6 times a week. Over the last year, I’ve discovered that there really is a difference in rice brands that I never gave much thought to. I regularly make basmati brown, jasmine brown and short grain brown rice. I never liked brown rice until I bought a certain brand of brown basmati and I was hooked. And now, I actually prefer the taste and texture of brown rice to white rice. (This is the basmati brown which made me prefer brown rice. (It only comes in a 10-pound bag, so it’s definitely not ideal if you don’t eat rice very often.)
After cooking the short grain brown rice in the new rice cooker, I was amazed at the texture. it was so soft and fluffy. When Noah is actually home, I want him to try it. He likes rice almost as much as I do, but he doesn’t like brown rice and is very particular about his white rice. Well, I’m curious to see what he thinks.
The new rice cooker has many options when cooking the rice (brown/white, long/medium/short grain, soft/full/firm) so I played with different rice and different settings. There are also arrangements for quinoa and barley, which I also make quite often.
That huge tangent was pretty much to say that I was eating a lot of fiber from whole grains. In groups of people, I don’t talk much at all. but when I write, good grief — my thoughts run wild and my writing is all over the place! 😉
Since I’ve been doing really well the past couple of weeks in terms of what I’m eating, this week I’d like to work on portion sizes to get my weight back down. I don’t feel comfortable being this size. I know I don’t look bad (in clothes, anyway–ha!) but I just don’t *feel* good at this weight. Well, let’s hope I make some progress this week! (And I’ll definitely write some posts.)