What I ate and the affect it had on me

DSC_1785Thanksgiving was great!  I weighed and measured my foods, and journaled what I ate and I paid attention to calories.  I did not gain any weight during Thanksgiving.  Yay!

During December things got a lil hairy for me with the food.  I was handling sweets more, being surrounded by them at work every day, and anticipating some of my favorites during the holiday.  You know, those opportunities Christmas provides to digest a few choice yummies.

Pies I can resist.

Cakes, even more so.

Soda and salty fare is not my thing, but cookies…

I like cookies, especially when they are decorated and covered in icing.

Something interesting that I noticed this year is that my eyes like the cookies better than my belly.  Very interesting!  I see them, all pretty and such, and I want them, but when I taste them, they’re just so so. Not worth the calorie load.  I tried some, but ate few and then only the best.

I did experience some water weight during Christmas and could definitely feel the difference the sugar consumption made in my body when I got up in the morning.  My hands were the slightest bit puffy, and my joints ached.  Part of the ache is due to increased activity, bending, stooping, picking up after others (still suffering from that stuff), but a lot of it was due to the type of foods I was eating.

The good news: I did not gain weight over Christmas, not real weight, that is.  I gained 3 lbs, but it came off immediately after I switched back to my normal diet, veggie heavy with a lil meat on the side.  I’ve actually lost another 1.5 lbs in addition to the water weight as of today.  I love veggies, so its no hardship for me to eat this way.  My problem isn’t the food, its old habit, eyes that want what they don’t need, and short cuts that often have to be made during the holidays.

I biked a lot during  this holiday season; recumbent biking, that is.  It helped me to burn off some of the calories I ate.  During Christmas week, though, there were too many people inhabiting the house to have the bike in the living room. As a result, it didn’t get used much that week.  Another reason for being up a few pounds once the week was done.

End result:  I paid a price for eating differently at Christmas time this year, but it was a price I was willing to pay, and once the holiday was done, I quickly returned to my usual way of eating.  Veggie heavy, with a few carbs and meat on the side.  It works for me.

The first week of January has already come and gone.  Approximately ten more weeks of bitter to relatively cold weather here in NEPA and we’ll be sliding into spring.  Yay, I can’t wait!