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Brought to you by the letter S: Synthroid, snacks and structure

SynthrodI think I may have cleared up one reason my weight crept back up over the past few weeks and it all has to do with a tiny lilac pill.

Right at the time I reached my all-time low on the scale, I switched to a generic version of Synthroid. At first everything seemed OK but then I started to noticed the old (like pre-1988) symptoms: extreme lethargy, fuzzy hair, really, really, REALLY dry skin.

After taking the real deal for the past three days, I can feel the difference already. My workout didn't feel like the Bataan Death March, I'm not walking around with a giant tube of heavy-duty Bliss hand cream and when I wake up in the morning I'm awake. 

I also thought I was having an all-day hot flash today but then realized I was just "heating up" again after being cold and tired for the past month.

Weird how such a tiny pill can do so much.

 Second on our list of "S'es" -- too much snacking. When you work from home, it's easy to mosey over to the kitchen and I've been doing that too often. 

Now that I'm not counting calories, I realize I have to do things differently. I could, in theory, eat every 20 minutes and as long as I'm within my calorie range I'm OK. But since I'm not counting, I have to be much more aware of what's going into my mouth. Which brings me to the third "S" -- structure.

I can sometimes be a little loosey-goosey with my meals and snacks. Sometimes I get up, have a giant mug of coffee, don't get around to eating breakfast until nearly noon, feel like I need to get "caught up" on my meals and end up in a whirl of maxi meals, mini meals and off-schedule snacks.

So my Retrofit advisor and I came up with a plan for me to be more structured in my meal times. I came up with windows: Breakfast is an hour after I get up (gotta wait for the Synthroid), lunch is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., afternoon snack is 3 to 4 p.m. and dinner is 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Publix greenwise ice creamIf and only if I need a nighttime snack, I can have one and my plan is for that nighttime snack to be fresh fruit because it'll satisfy that sweet craving and it'll add in water and fiber. And once a week I can indulge in something -- tonight, for example, I had a serving of Publix Greenwise organic chocolate ice cream.

Hey, if you're going to splurge, make it good.