Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Post-comp report

It's been a busy week-and-a-bit since my big moment onstage. The aftermath of competing has been mostly what I expected, with no real fallout, but I suppose it's never entirely smooth sailing. Anyway, it's been interesting....

Being a little relaxed with food turned into being a LOT relaxed as the week went on. I was still enjoying my veggies and a lot of my standard healthy-but-delicious meals, but there were a few too many treats and the odd glass of wine sneaking in. I slacked off on the food tracking front too, just feeling the need to have a break from recording everything for a few days. On Saturday I had several glasses of vino, which (as usual) led to my eating a whole lot of extra food I really didn't need, and left me with a slight hangover on Sunday. That was IT.... I'd had enough!

My Inner Fat Girl was trying to get my attention. I thought I'd buried that biatch! Seems she still had some life left in her and she was really pissing me off.

So I got up Monday morning and stepped on the scales, fully expecting a big jump. And I wasn't disappointed... about 4kg had attached itself to me like magic in only 9 days. OK, not like magic; more like a whole lot of fluid, thanks to too much sugar, too much processed crap and some unaccustomed alcohol.

Did I freak out? Was I upset? Nope, not in the least. Luckily I've learned a lot about how my body reacts to changes in nutrition and I seem to have grasped the fact that the scales are NOT judging me, they're just telling me how much I weigh. Breakthrough, much? I also know that fluid gains disappear almost as quickly as they happen, as long as I eat sensibly and drink plenty of water. No, wine is not an adequate substitute....

The mirror tells me that I look pretty much the same as I did a week ago, just a little puffy around the middle. Not so much that anyone else is likely to notice though. And this morning, I'm down a kilo already. I feel good; no guilt, no regrets, no wailing and gnashing of teeth. It's only a bit of fluid, after all, and maybe a teensy bit of fat.

My new goals are set, I have a new training plan happening, and food is back to normal. I'm aiming to keep it interesting, because otherwise I get bored, my attention wanders and shiny chocolate wrappers beckon. So watch out for more new recipes - I have a swag of ideas I want to ty out.

Today went like this:

Breakfast: Vanilla buckwheat waffles, raspberries, yoghurt and sugar-free syrup
Snack: Steak, potato and a chunk of raw carrot. Yes that was a bit weird...leftovers, you know....
Lunch: Chicken and veggie stir-fry. Masses of veg, with coconut oil and peanut butter and some soy sauce.
Snack: Yoghurt, raspberries, Protein Crunch, Crunchola
Snack: Two big, fat, juicy dates. That dealt with a sweet craving nicely!
Dinner: Thai-style fish cakes, basmati rice, pickled cucumber, big pile of mixed frozen veggies

Tomorrow is all planned and packed too. More waffles, more fish cakes, some of my new cookies...plenty to keep me satisfied. And to make sure my Inner Fat Girl stays well and truly buried.


Kelly Olexa said...

This is making me hungry. Time for some protein pancakes!! ;-)


ms_attitude said...

Good on you for slapping the Inner Fat Girl back down.
Mine came far too much to the fore during a particularly gruesome time at work over the past few months, but now she's been slapped back down too.
I liken it to giving up other addictions... they always stay there dormant waiting for our weakest moments. We just need to slap them back down quickly!

Debstar said...

4 kilos!! If that had been me you would have heard the screaming all the way from your place.

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