Last night I had energy to burn. I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned and learned how to work a new coffee pot (and I don’t even drink coffee), ironed two sets of curtains, ironed 2 shirts and cleaned 2 windows, including the tracks.
Normally after I eat supper, my main activities are cleaning the kitchen, checking e-mails and watching TV. Where did this energy come from?
I think it’s the result of two things: my weight loss and the fact that we had a lighter supper than normal.
I’m currently carrying around 30 fewer pounds than I did 4 months ago. While it’s not all the weight I need or want to lose, 30 pounds is a lot! Think of toting around 3 sacks of potatoes or 6 bags of flour all the time. Energy that I used to use just for carrying the extra weight can now be used for other, more important tasks.
Also, we had Salad Supper last night. We do this once a week, on average. We fix a big salad and have low-fat cheese, chicken, low-fat dressing and almonds to add protein and extra nutrition. The lighter supper meant that my body wasn’t using a lot of energy trying to digest a heavy meal.
Something else I just thought about…I purposely avoided after-supper snacking last night. Normally I’ll save part of my daily food intake for when I watch TV at night. Last night, even though I had enough left in my food budget to enjoy some snacking, I refrained. Maybe that helped, too.
Either way, I like that I had energy last night. It was nice to go to bed feeling good about the night’s accomplishments.