Easter Eggs and Weight Loss Progress

I read Deb’s post about Easter and chocolate eggs on Thursday, so I decided to celebrate my Easter by eating one chocolate egg on Good Friday. You can see my chocolate egg are on the left. I was very pleased with my choice – and even though I ate 50 grams of chocolate, I still had a calorie deficit that day.

Otherwise, Easter has been like any long weekend for me. I’ve always thought of Easter as a very boring holiday, except as a child. That’s because we have a local tradition in Finland that children wear Easter witch costumes and go from house to house requesting treats (they usually get candy, chocolate or money). On Saturday evening we also burn big bonfires.

So it’s a bit like Halloween in the US, without the trick part.

Trullit i.e. Easter witches Picture: Flickr / valonsa

One reason why Easter isn’t one of my favorite holidays is the weather: at this time of year it’s usually very ugly because spring hasn’t really started and there might be heaps of melting snow lying around, like now.

We’ve actually had a cold spell this week and yesterday I was rolling my eyes in frustration because it was actually snowing. Hello! Bad behavior!

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I’ve tracked my food intake for over a week now.

I aim for a modest calorie deficit of 300-350 calories a day. On Friday’s weigh in I was rewarded with a 0.5 kg weight loss (~1 lb). For some reason I haven’t been at all frustrated with having to record my eating like I was in January. I’ve also decided that chocolate will have an important role in my weight loss program: I eat 3 pieces of my favorite chocolate (119 cal)  a day.  That seems to be enough to keep me happy and I don’t feel deprived at all.

I’m also doing well exercise wise. Now that migraines aren’t bothering me, I’ve increased my level of exercise to what it used to be. I love it how energized I feel when I do lots of exercise!

I do strength training two to three times a week and concentrate on gently rehabbing my weak upper back muscles and my glutes. I plan on starting Rachel Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough program in the beginning of May. Here I come, Lori! 🙂

Comments

  1. No Easter candy for me this year! We went out for a Mexican lunch (shrimp tacos lol).

    I have been doing great with my weights/strength training too. Have a great week!

    • Satu says:

      Shrimp tacos sound very interesting, Angie! More interesting than what I got to eat this weekend. 🙂

  2. Lori says:

    Congrats on the loss – and YAY! for starting the lifting program! I just finished stage 1 and am excited to start stage 2.

    • Satu says:

      I’m pretty eager to start the program too. It sounds like it does what it promises!

  3. Hey Satu, congratulations on the loss and I love reading about different cultures and customs. I had no idea about the Finnish Easter witch custom.

    I must confess I ate more than one egg…. but I promise…. NO MORE!!!

    Deb

    • Satu says:

      Hi Debbie! I was wondering what happened with the chocolate eggs. I hope at least you enjoyed them. 🙂

  4. Marion says:

    Hi Satu, I really love that Easter witch picture! Thanks for sharing it. It’s really cute. When I grew up in Minnesota, a few miles from Canada, it could be very cold on Easter with snow, which wasn’t really great for wearing sandals with an Easter dress! 😀

    I’m glad you’re doing well with your food intake. I have my weigh-in at TOPS tonight. So I have *not* eaten very much today. I’m really thinking that I won’t end up less than last week. I sort of set myself up for disappointment when I lost 4.75 pounds, because we know that had to be a lot of water weight. Oh well, I’ve going downward, regardless of whether there are scale bobbles.

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      Ooh, I didn’t know you’re from Minnesota! So you know what cold winters can be.

      I’m eager to know what happens in your weigh-in with TOPS. Hope you don’t have to pay the double fine.

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