I confess: I peeked at the scale a few times in the last week and I knew I was up. I was up pretty bad on Monday, so when the scale settled on a 0.4 lb. gain yesterday, I was rather relieved.
I’m not quite sure what caused the gain. It could have been one of three or four things:
1) I added in more structured strength-training, so I could have gained some muscle. I seriously doubt it since I don’t feel like I’ve been doing much challenging lifting yet, but it’s possible.
2) I started drinking protein shakes, which increased my calorie consumption a bit. However, most days I stayed pretty close to my normal calorie intake, so I’m not stressing over the protein shakes yet.
3) Outside of my workout time, I was fairly sedentary last week, so I might not have burned as many calories as I should have.
4) Female hormone water retention stuff.
I’m leaning toward #3 and #4 or a combination of the two. I’m not stressing it since my loss rate has been fairly steady the last few weeks. I said I’d give the lifting/protein shakes a month before I made any judgments or changes there, so I’ll stick to that. For now, it is what it is.
Alicia, at Confessions of a Snowflake, has asked us to share our favorite healthy treats this week. One of my favorites is fruit. I never knew how many different fruits I – or my kids – enjoyed. A particular favorite right now is pineapple – not the canned junk, though. Fresh pineapple. Yum.
I love mixing together a bunch of fruits in my fruit salad, too.
Another one that I’ve enjoyed lately is a chocolate-covered frozen banana – that one comes with a caveat, though. I remembered reading about them in the Self magazine with Jillian Michaels a while back.
I was craving them really bad last week, so I went out and bought some chocolate almond bark and and bananas. I froze the bananas then dipped them in the almond bark and froze that.
Then, I found the magazine.
You’re supposed to drizzle – and the exact amount escapes me right now…something like an ounce or half-an-ounce – of dark chocolate on the banana and freeze it.
Drizzle, not coat.
Healthy dark chocolate, not chocolate almond bark.
So, if you decide to try the frozen bananas – which are delicious because the frozen banana tastes just like a banana split – do it the healthy, low-calorie, right way.
For the record, I’ve been picking off most of the chocolate when I eat them.
This post is linked to Weight-Loss Wednesday.
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