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Weekly Weigh-In: It’s All Good

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Weekly Weigh-In

Happy Wednesday! You know what that means – it’s weigh-in time.

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.

One of my favorite healthy snacks 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.

Do or do not. There is no try.

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