Finding the right balance

Howdy, folks. Guess what? I’m stuck on another weight loss plateau. I think that I need to readjust my routine yet again.

When I started this in June, I decided to forego lunch and only eat dinner. That worked great for weight loss (and saving money), but apparently it affected my health otherwise. I had some bad blood test results involving my liver. I was also light-headed almost every day.

So, I went back to eating lunch. But now, I think I’m eating too much at lunch. One reason is that I take all my pills at lunch, and not having enough food in my tummy makes me sick after taking pills. So, I need to take only my blood pressure pill and probably iron pill at lunch, then leave the rest for dinner.

The main reason that I decided to skip lunch entirely at first was because when I eat, I EAT. I don’t just eat a half sandwich, I eat a giant sandwich. I don’t just eat one hot dog, I eat two. So, I knew that skipping lunch would be the easiest way to not eat too much. But now I am going to have to cut back instead, and I find that much more difficult to do. But I will do it.

My other thought is that I skip lunch on days when I’m working, just because I am only sitting in front of a computer for the rest of the day. When I’m off work, I would eat lunch to be sure I had enough energy to do chores and such. Or if I’m feeling at all light-headed, I would eat something. I have to find the right balance to where I’m not harming my health while trying to help it.

So, I need to change my exercise routine as well. I was doing really well with the jog/walk and weight lifting. Then I got a bike. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the bike, and it’s great exercise. But I don’t think it’s as much exercise as the jog/walk. So, starting today, I am going to go back to the daily jog/walk. The bike exercise will be reserved for when I don’t have a lot of time to exercise or just for funsies.

The jog/walk is good for me in another way: It helps me clear my mind and calm me. I can think about things and make plans for the day or weekend or whatever. When I’m on the bike, I have to concentrate on riding the bike, and I can’t really focus on anything else.

On a hopefully funny note: A friend and I were joking around online yesterday, and I called him an “egg.” This apparently threw him for a loop. (It’s from Shakespeare!) He threatened to find me and kick my butt. (All jokes, remember.) And so I sent him my address, said “wear a mask,” and “Bring it, I’ll crack your shell, you egg.” Now, the only reason I’m sharing this is that I’m particularly proud of that “I’ll crack your shell, you egg” bit. No one else in the world may laugh, but I did, and I still am.

The Frazzled Daisy

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