Monday, October 4, 2010

Stitches & Cottage Cheese

I had this stupid cyst that sprung up a few years ago and just wouldn't go away. It got a lot smaller when I lost weight, but didn't entirely disappear. So I finally got around to having it removed. It was an easy procedure. The worst part was being shot up with lidocane. Of course, I now have two stitches in my side and that means I can't swim until Sunday. So I'll miss Podium on Wed. I just realized this means I can't do my water running on Tuesday, either. Shoot.

I hope I don't have another week of missed workouts and craziness. I want to dial back on the running this week but I also am dialing back on the biking now that it gets dark so early during the week. I can't dial back on everything. So I am going to have to come up with a Plan B.

On a completely unrelated note, I did the cottage cheese test and I can still only eat about 6.5 oz of cottage cheese, just as I could at one year out. It's interesting because it feels like I can eat more. But my stomach is clearly the same size. I am realizing that a lot of it is what I eat and also how I eat.

For example, if I eat veggies and chicken together, I can eat more than if I eat chicken and then eat the veggies. I also often find myself picking softer foods to eat. So meatloaf instead of chicken and cottage cheese instead of hard-boiled eggs.

I don't think I'm doing this as part of some subconscious desire to eat more than my body needs -- my net calories have actually gone down recently by 100 a day -- but just because now that I'm farther out, I have a greater need for normalcy and that means a wider variety of foods and less rigid adherence to The Rules.

On the other hand, I feel like I inhale my food a whole lot less than I used to so that's a good thing, but it also contributes to being able to eat more at any one setting.

All in all, this is a trend I am keeping my eye on to make sure my weekday basics continue to work for me.
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