Thanks for all the kind comments and emails about my last post. It's funny that blogging about your irrational thoughts both helps you get them out where you can evaluate them more critically, and also sort of preserves them for a while. I think that Cindy is right -- most of the time I am happy with the choices I've made, but I doubt myself sometimes and tend to forget that it's normal to do so. I have been extra cranky lately because my laptop was in the shop. It's fixed now, and that should make things easier, both for working (my dissertation software and data is stored on my laptop, but of course I have multiple backups) and for playing (my husband and I won't have to take turns on our other computer).
My first week maintaining has been sort of a mixed bag. I had a couple of restaurant meals, which always makes it harder to stay within my points. Last night my husband was not feeling great and wanted to order Chinese food -- the spicy stuff does help clear out your head when you have a cold. I have been ordering an extra portion of steamed broccoli when we order in, so that I can fill up without using up dozens of points. I should have done without the egg roll that my Inner Brat insisted on, because it really didn't taste as great as I thought it would. I'll have to keep that in mind next time.
So far, I have just 6 Weekly Allowance Points left for the weekend, but I'm planning to get in some workouts this weekend to give me a little wiggle room to avoid blowing my first maintenance weigh-in. I started the Couch to 5K program a couple of weeks ago, and so far, my various injury problems of the past are staying in the past. I think the running is the secret to my recent weigh-in successes, and I really hope that I can keep it up without problems. That will make maintaining a lot easier. As of yet, the bike and the swimsuit are still collecting dust. Phase Two will be to start using them again in between the runs.