Slowly, I am learning what I can and can't eat in order to stay as I am. As I experiment with eating a little more, changing some foods, having the odd glass of wine, I'm noticing how my body feels, and how it reacts to these changes.
What's interesting, is that when I drink alcohol, I retain fluid. My body feels puffy, the souls of my feet feel swollen and a little tingly and depending on the brand of wine (I don't drink the cheap stuff) I can feel 'hungover' after just one glass. I have known this for many years, however I've not had a lot of bread or alcohol for almost 18 months now, so I'm noticing it more. It's a good thing, because it reminds me of what feels good (and what does not) in my body.
In terms of food, I love ciabatta bread with real butter - thick real butter! This past week I had half a bun with lunch one day, and a whole one the next day, and I didn't notice any reaction. What I do know from previous learnings though, is that if I were to have it every day or too much of it, I would blow up. It's the same with sugar now that I eat very little of it.
Keeping up my exercise is vital and I navigate my maintenance journey. My body is getting stronger from walking up Mt Maunganui once or twice a week, as well as other local walks my husband and I take. Each night, a short yoga session gives my body an opportunity to stretch and feel good. The more I move my body, the better I feel.
If you've lost weight and are maintaining, I've started a small Goal Weight Support Facebook group where we can focus on this.
What do you notice about your body's reaction to different foods you eat?
Hi I'm Kathryn Price.
I'm a 55 year old post-menopausal woman sharing my journey of Taking Care of Me. I'm on a mission to lose weight and improve my health and well-being. Click here to join me in my Facebook group and let's journey together.