first, thank you all for the warm welcome back - wonderful to see so many old friends, and a few new ones too.
i find i am digging out my old healthy habits - the ones that brought me to maintenance back in 2012 and served so well until late last summer. what has changed? i thought i could manage on my own, i thought i had it down pat. in terms of exercise, the major goals have remained the same, an average of 15,000 steps daily, 105,000 per week, which we met almost always. but the level of intensity is down - DH had a few bouts of illness that sidelined him last year, and it seemed that every time we got started running again, either he got sick, or it was time to travel, or work, or life... and of course we were out with the cameras, which also reduces the level of intensity - not so much with the heart rate up, even though we still cover plenty of steps and miles. i've recommitted to my video workouts, leslie sansone is currently my favorite, so at least i know i have my heart rate elevated to go with the fitness minutes.
and then there is the "not my food" part - far too often i found myself confronted with opportunities to make choices, and did not make the best ones. cheese. crackers. bread. chips. not to mention baked goodies from a favorite local store, which even when we share one between the two of us, still adds to the calories. DH has these things All TheTime. and i really really have to make an effort to resist.
meal planning is still a big part of the day - by the end of coffee in the morning, i like to know what we are eating at lunch and dinner. i usually cook enough for 3 meals, so the easy days are the ones when whatever we had yesterday is on the menu for today. or if i have made enough for more than 3 meals and freeze in the last meal. planning in the time for cooking so that DH does not snack his way and lose his appetite. trying to stick to "eat sitting down" so that i do not snack my way (or making sure that i have veggies to snack on while i cook).
so that's the plan. keep on keeping on with exercise videos to make sure i have that elevated heart rate, even without time (or opportunity, with icy roads now) to run. keep on planning the meals. and keep on remembering that DH's goodies are NotMyFood. and tracking - because the funny thing is that your body still knows those nonexistent calories that you don't track:-)
meanwhile, we've had a lot of gray colorless days, but one day recently there was a bit of blue sky and we went down to check out the river below our house