Interesting comments and suggestions from everyone - thanks so much!
Renee, I do go to the gyn every six months, and the last time he did blood work (last year) all my numbers looked good and significantly better. You do have a point though. It never hurts to be careful. I see him in March and I will be asking him for a script for blood work.
Jewlz - I was eating 3 fruit servings a day, and I'm going to cut that down to two now - a banana in the mornings with my breakfast and the strawberries in my smoothie. Also, I had been adding light brown sugar to my steel cut oats or my Farina hot cereal. From now on, I'll be using just honey and cinnamon. I do have raisins that I could use also but I'm not going to go crazy with that. 4 or 5 of them just to give the tasteless cereal some flavor, in combination with my banana, should be more than enough. That's actually what I did today with my steel cut oats.
I'm also being very conscious to have something to eat as soon as my workout and stretching are done. I hadn't been doing that at all, and like you said, it's possible conservation mode was kicking in. So today, after my legs workout, I had 2 ounces of grilled chicken, and a part skim string cheese with a ton of water.
I'm going to make an extra effort to up my calories by eating the CORRECT calories. An extra 3 or 4 ounces of lean protein a day (especially as my recovery fuel) followed by a good carb such as Ezekiel toast like Kelliann suggested is what I'm thinking.
Tomorrow after Bikram, I'm bringing some grilled chicken breast (I really need that damn scale to get here already) and a Bosc pear with a whole ton of water to have immediately after.
So when I say I'm upping my calories/Points a bit, I'm trying to be smart about it. I'm attempting to keep everything 90-95% clean. Adding another vegetable like dark leafy greens sounds like a good idea too. Another healthy veggie can't be a bad thing.
Today was legs day. I completed a 45 minute workout of my own. Warmed up for 3 minutes doing marching, jump roping in place, and jogging in place. Then it was onto my own little circuit of my imagination - ass to grass squats, lunges, dips, leg press, calf pumps, plie squats, and side lunges. 341 calories demolished and crushed.
So I'm not going to be changing things up radically - just radically for me. Stuff that I haven't been doing, should've been doing, and am now making a point of doing.
I always knew that switching things up is really good for you every now and then - I just never thought I would need to do it. Shrug. It happens. And I'm gonna bust out of it.
More protein & good carbs. Pretty simple.
Food prep then off to bed.