There is a raging marshland fire happening over in New Orleans East and smoke has made it a bit hazardous to be out exercising in the smoke. I was told by the fellow on the news not to ride my bike yesterday and today. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
Another nice dip, but the loss rate has slowed. I think most of the excess water gain is gone and now I am back to losing real weight although I am still not sure how I gained 10 pounds in 10 days.
Yesterday’s Meal Plan
Breakfast – Burger patty and cheese
Lunch – Broiled chicken and salad
Dinner – Broiled chicken and salad
Snack – Cheese
Calories – 1300
Biking – 0
Net Calories – 1300
Yuck! I didn’t notice the date on the salad kit. It was WAY past the expiration date and at about 6pm my stomach started rumbling and yelling at me and did not stop until after midnight. (note to self, along with reading labels, check the darn expiration date.)
Nope. I was not going to ride around on a smoke-filled levee. No thank you. Plus as I said, they guy on tv told me to avoid outside exercise for a few days until the fire stops. I must listen to the man on tv. I am quite sure he is paid lots of money to give me good excuses to stay away from the levee.
Tip Of The Day
I guess one thing I learned with my first try at maintenance was that you need to ease back into higher carb and higher sodium if you have been avoiding them for a long time. I didn’t eat close to the amount of calories to gain 2 pounds let alone 10. The last 2 days before I went to back into Atkins were the only days out of the 10 that I really ate too much. Thanks a lot Popeye’s.
It is clear to me that I need to slowly ease back into regular eating when I hit maintenance again. I plan to continue to eat 1200 to 1500 calories and slowly add carbs back into my meal plan. Sodium in the kicker. It really is hard to keep my sodium low with any processed food.
Maintenance Tip 1
1. Lose more weight than your goal weight. I want to be around 165 to 170 so I might need to get to 160 then work on maintenance and hopefully I will stabilize around 165.
2. If you have been on a low carb diet, ease your way back into carbs. Don’t go from 20 grams to 300 grams. Your body will punish you if you do this.
That is what I plan to do next time.
Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow
The Grumpy Man