What a blur Spring can be! The past two weeks have flown by with my family on Spring break. It’s been fun and relaxing in many ways, but I must confess, it’s nice to be back to more of my regular routine.
Life on the Homestead is a chaos of activity in Spring and there are MANY chores that need doing. We did a fair amount of them these past two weeks. The red raspberry patch needed to have last year’s cane removed and the whole row weeded and mulched…we’re up to the mulch part there. The perimeter of the garden had a lot of work done these two weeks laying down of landscape fabric and mulching. More seed went into the garden including: frisee, beets, more salad mix, kale, scallion (sets), potatoes, arugala, and chard. I find it necessary to make a diagram of the garden and mark the date and place each item was seeded. This helps us to make sure it gets properly watered (it’s fixing to be a VERY dry April again this year, no April showers) as well as keeping us from overseeding the bed with another crop since we ‘forgot’ we already planted there…don’t laugh, it’s been done more than once here. Hence the diagram. I also always start the season off with great note taking. Marking down the weather, the soil conditions, seed germination rates, our likes/dislikes about certain crops. Invariably the notes taper off as summer progresses. This year I am going to make more of an effort to take notes at least once a week after the initial phase of madness abates.
On the weight loss front it appears that my body has a specific ingenuity for plateaus! I spent about 6 months waffling between 155-159 regardless of input/output. I went on the Dukan diet and lost about 7 pounds. I’m now waffling between 152-153. Today’s weight 152.8. Not horrible weights, but it’d be great to move down another 20#’s or so. I’ve also been very busily working out with increased weights. It’s possible my calories are too low, I usually eat in the 1600/day and eschew wheat products and grains in general. I’m considering eating at maintenance for a few days which sounds huge at 2020 cal/day since it may be that I’ve crossed over into starvation mode?!? I trust it will go, just as surely as the previous 40 pounds have gone. I am aware of the adage, “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve gotten.” I’m not jettisoning the Dukan diet but after a few weeks now at the same weight with full compliance to the dietary restrictions, I think it’s time to shake it up. I know that last 10-20 pounds are always the toughest. No worries, just more patience and a little calorie cycling. It is a great irony but eating MORE will likely help me lose more, another in the strange but true column.
I hope everyone is having a terrific start to your week. I’m loving the sound of the birds in the morning, Spring is so here!!