What's Going On?

A few weeks ago I posted that I was sure that I had gained weight...but when I got on the scale I was pleasantly surprised that I had lost a few pounds! This morning I was absolutely sure that I would see a drop on the scale. My jeans were feeling slightly looser, I was noticing a definite difference in my lower tummy (the baby pooch, I call it), I had been adhering to Atkins really well, and...nothing. Well actually not just nothing, I was up a pound! 203.1. Grrrrr.

On the Atkins message boards I see lots of people posting that they try not to look at the scale, but focus on their shape and how their clothes fit. But I just don't get it. If my clothes are feeling looser and the baby pooch is definitely flatter, then why wouldn't a difference show on the scale? Is it simply water retention? But if so, where is the water parking itself on me? Or pooling itself on me, I should say.

So I took an update photo, just to convince myself that I'm not going crazy. I can surely see …

A Big Test Is Coming Up!

Next week my husband, my oldest son, and I are heading to Austin. Specifically, we're taking my son (I'll call him JS, since I'm still doing this blog anonymously!) to visit the University of Texas. My hubby went to graduate school there, and his description to JS of what an incredible experience it was has brought UT Austin to the top 5 of JS's college choices.

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JS has a lot of potential options for universities. He has a stellar GPA, takes honors and AP courses, and plays multiple sports. Can you tell I'm a proud Mama? But one of the main things he's looking for in addition to a top-notch academic program is a school that is within a city which has a lot going on...music, food, festivals, sports, etc. Austin appears to fit the bill.

However this "test" to which I referred in the title of this post is not for JS and his college admissions, but a big test for me! I know that a trip to Austin is, for many, considered to be a culinary adventure. I'm thinking of it that way as well! We already have plans to go to a plethora of famous music and BBQ venues, quite a few of which are one and the same!

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I am certainly not going to stick to Atkins while I'm on our trip. It will be another one of those "breaks" for which I need to plan. However, as in my previous break, I plan to make choices that will closely resemble my end-game diet/lifestyle. I don't need to have a big side of mac-n-cheese, I can choose the collard greens instead. I don't need to have something smothered in BBQ sauce, I can have something smoked with a dry rub instead. I don't need to have a Texas-sized burger and fries for lunch, I can have a salad with lots of veggies and topped with Texas steak instead. In other words, I do not need to feel deprived.

I'm sure I'll be saying that over and over to myself whilst on the trip: "I do not need to feel deprived! I am making this choice!"


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