Getting Fit, Week 2

Week two? Yeah, I know. It’s actually closer to three, but I’ve been working on Fin’s story and lost track of time.

Honestly, it’s also been a rather weird couple of weeks. The weekend after my first post, I wound up out of town and babysitting Aria for parts of two days – and I loved it. But being out of town is always difficult when it comes to the whole gluten-free thing. As in it’s a major pain to find foods I can eat safely.

For one of those three days, I had a small protein drink, a small order of french fries, a Yoplait Greek Whips yogurt, and about a quarter of a cup of cottage cheese – for the entire day. Not cool. The rest of the days – before and since – I’ve definitely had more calories, but I haven’t been good about counting them. I also got glutened, which means … water retention – a lot of it.

I have been doing better about moving, doing some stretches and trying to get up at least every hour and walk or march in place for a while. I even bought a step counter, which I’ve remembered to wear exactly twice.

Amazingly enough. I’ve lost about seven pounds, though I know part of that was water weight from the gluten so it’s not really accurate. It is, however, motivating.

So what’s on the agenda for the next week or two? I’m actually planning meals before I go grocery shopping again. I’m terrible about not having a clue what to eat because I tend to pick up a few things here and there without much thought to actual meal preparation.

I’m also going to take the time to mix up the ingredients for the homemade high protein breakfast shake mix I bought before my weekend out of town (like at least eleven days ago). I don’t usually have such low calorie days as the example in the second paragraph, but I often just don’t eat because nothing sounds good. At least with the mix on hand, all I have to do is add cold water, give it a stir, and I’ll have a few calories and some nutrition. And … it’s going to be chocolate so win/win all the way around. 😀

And I really will start using the treadmill again this week. I keep getting distracted by the writing. However, I was reminded again this week that when I get up and move – even if it’s marching in place for fifty steps beside my desk – I feel better. For whatever reason, it makes me more alert and I’m more productive with the writing. Adding the treadmill every day can only help that.

So that’s about it for my update. How are the rest of you doing?

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