A little update

I’ve been writing fiction in a bit of a fevered bliss, so I haven’t had time to update here. Now, though, I’ve hit a wall, so it is time to jog the brain with other creative outlets.

I used an Alton Brown recipe to pan sear ribeye steaks last night, and served with jasmine rice and ranch style beans. It was very good! I also used my new bread machine to make a loaf of whole wheat bread, and fed myself a breakfast of that with peanut butter and jelly. Also very good. It’s a pain in the butt to slice the bread, I’ll tell you. But I do like knowing that I know exactly what is in it. Very tasty.

So after howling for months that I do not consume enough calories to maintain my weight at the current activity level–and yet, here I am, still having to suck in to zip my jeans–I am keeping a food diary (again) and am starting to think I really haven’t been eating enough calories and my metabolism might have slowed to nothing. Without correcting for exercise calories burned, my intake over the last week averages somewhere around 1000 calories a day. That is not good for me.

I’ve found that I function best between 1500 and 1800 calories a day. I lose weight faster, I feel better, I have more energy. Granted, I’ve been sick and my appetite has been next to nothing, but even in the last 3 days, I haven’t done very well on getting food in. I guess I’ll start packing snacks.

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