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Back to Tracking

I’m back on Calorie King, tracking my food.  And it is NOT pretty.  Not at all.  On Monday I ate 2800 calories.  Seriously.  Seriously.  According to my nutritionist, I should be “allowed” 2600 calories (which seems insanely high to me), so the fact that I went ABOVE that is inconceivable to me.  Without really having all that much that is out of control…  Unbelievable.

I’ve done fairly well the past few days, but still really surprised at how much I’m eating.  And how different it has been from how I ate before I got pregnant.  It doesn’t FEEL all that much different, though.  It’s not like I feel like I’m allowed to eat all these things that are so yummy, and fatty, and high in calories.  I still have the guilt.  But I still give in to it.  And that’s got to stop — not a diet.  I’m not trying to LOSE weight (of course), but I really can’t keep eating the same way that I have been.

All that said, we leave tomorrow for Maui.  I’m not going to go crazy with calorie counting there, but I’m also going to make sure that I don’t just throw all caution to the wind and inhale everything that I see.  It really is a good thing that I can’t have a Mai Tai!  But, I’m a sucker for ‘mocktails’, and will need to reign that in a bit…

TinyLaLa Check-In

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It has been quite a while since my last TinyLaLa Check-In.  Yikes.  A really long time.

And frankly?  Not much has changed.  Well, with my weight, anyway.

Lots has changed in my life.  If you’re a bit behind, check out this morning’s post.

And yes, I realize that this is my third (third!) post today.  Don’t count on this trend continuing.  This is not who I am.  Nor who you want me to be.  ‘Cause I’d get really boring.  And start musing about how weird it is that we have animals living in our house, that we feed & pick up their poop for them.  Yep, things like that would start coming out if I blogged even more than once a day.

(Who am I kidding?  That might be a blog topic next week…)

Anywhoo – back to the TinyLaLa check-in for Monday, 7 November.  Dun dun dun!

  • Morning weight:  205.4
  • Afternoon weight:  207

So, since the 26th of September, I have lost:  4.5 pounds (since that weight of 211.5 was taken in the afternoon).  That’s a loss of 3/4 pound per week.  Kind of weak.  But still better than 3 pounds total.  Or a gain of 3 pounds (yes, that’s happened — quite easily, thankyouverymuch).

And, this afternoon I finished my work-out calendar for the rest of the year.

  • Scheduled swimming?  Check.
  • Scheduled Pilates?  Check.
  • Scheduled workouts at the gym on days without the trainer?  Check.
  • Scheduled trip to Vegas.  Check.  <– Oh, woops.  Probably not much “good” stuff happening then, I’m afraid.  Maybe a hike.

Now, if I STICK to the schedule, I’m guessing that we’ll see that scale go down!

But, what will REALLY help that scale move, is if I continue to log my food.  And, hopefully, pre-log the day.  That was a lifesaver today.  I knew this morning that I could not have a certain item for a snack because I had already pre-logged my food.  Genius.  Pure genius.

As for food, I’m targeting 1350 calories (with a 150 calorie either way “buffer”).  Broken down by:

  • 45% protein = 630 cal from protein based off of a 1400 cal a day
  • 35% Carbs = 490 cal from Carbs
  • 20% essential fats = 280 cal from fat
In CalorieKing, you’re able to set targets for your nutrients, so my targets for these are:
  • Protein:  630 calories / 4 calories per gram of Protein = 158 (!) grams of protein per day
  • Carbs:  490 calories / 4 calories per gram of Carbs = 123 (!) grams of carbs per day
  • Fats:  280 calories / 9 calories per gram of Fat = 31 (!) grams of fat per day
Note the exclamation points after each of these…  That protein is so HIGH!  And the carbs & fats are so LOW!  It’s been quite a challenge to EVER get this in.  And, I can’t say that I have.  Until today, my friends.  This whole menu-planning, pre-logging, exercise like a crazy person, WILL pay off.  It has to.

So THIS is What the Flu Feels Like…

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Yep.  I’ve got the flu.  Well, I think I have the flu.  My doc couldn’t see me today, so I have an appointment tomorrow.

What I’ve eaten today:

  • Smoothie made by the hubby
  • 2 spoonfuls of soup made by the hubby
  • 2 pita chips – NOTE:  Do not eat pita chips when you have the flu.  Especially heavily salted garlic flavor.  You’re welcome.
  • Peach, cut up & warmed, topped with granola
  • At least 2 gallons of water and juice.  At least.
It all started on Saturday evening – my guts felt like someone was wringing them out like a wet washcloth.  So, I went to bed early.  Yesterday, during the day, I felt a little off, but not bad.  Then last night, the same wringing.  This morning, when I woke up, it was in full force.  I called into work sick – and so did my whole team.
We had business meetings on Friday evening & all day Saturday together.  A couple of people had gotten food poisoning – or so they thought…  But since I haven’t had much other than the pain and the fever and aches, I don’t think I have food poisoning.  Anyway, super suspicious that we’re all sick now.
Guess it’s kind of lucky that I take my temperature every morning, huh?  I know that my temperature is normally really low (like 95 degrees low), so when it was 99 this morning, and went up to 100.9, that’s kind of a big deal for me.  It’s dropped now to 97.9, so it looks like the fever has broken, but still high for me.  Don’t think I’ll be going into work tomorrow, just in case.
So, what’d I do all day?  I laid in bed and watched movies!
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • You Again
  • Forks over Knives
  • The Business of Being Born
I also napped, and read emails, responding to only the ones that couldn’t wait…
Starting up on Bridget Jones’s Diary now…  Stay healthy, friends!

Small > Big

Yes.  I know math.

But hear me out…

I made the realization this week (not sure why it took me this long!) that I was not, in fact, going to meet goal weight this year.  Not that this should be such a surprise, but it still kind of hit me.  I realized that the most that I could possibly lose by the end of the year is 30 pounds.  And, frankly, that’s a crazy stretch.  Like ca-razy.  I can’t remember the last time that I actually lose 2 pounds per week, let alone 10 pounds per month.  I know that 10 pounds per month isn’t a whole lot, and it isn’t unhealthy, but my body just won’t let go of weight that way.

So I started think about why.  Why can’t I consistently lose 10 pounds per month?

I started to think about my Aunt, who has recently lost over 45 pounds in 14 or so weeks.  I am so pleased that she’s been able to lose weight; however, she had some pretty big changes to make.  She was focusing her food on processed stuff.  She didn’t “shop the perimeter”.  There were very few fresh (or frozen) fruits or vegetables in her diet.  She used food as a prize.  She didn’t know that it was important to eat smaller meals, and do so every 3 or so hours.  She favored high fat cuts of beef to chicken, seafood, or turkey.  She ate out regularly, always choosing the most decadent thing on the menu, as a celebration.  Even if it was a random Tuesday night.  She made things like white truffle oil macaroni & cheese.

My goodness was that good.  But when she sent me the recipe, I deleted that email.  Because I knew that there was no reason that I needed to ever make that meal.  None.

Oh, and she did not move her body.

The thing is:  She needed to change everything.   So when she started making relatively easy changes (says me – I’m sure she’d remark something much differently!), the weight started coming off.  Immediately.  Cutting out salt didn’t hurt – according to my mom, she lost 11 of those 45+ pounds in the first week, which I can only attribute to water weight.  But it’s kept falling off of her!

And I’m jealous.  Because I have made the “right” choices for years.  I have followed her “diet” (don’t even get me started on “diets”) for years.  YEARS.  And I am 211 pounds.  I just cannot wrap my mind around this. 

So then I was really asking:  WHY?!?  What am I doing so wrong that I’m still this size?

And while some of the reasons that I came up with came out as excuses, I legitimately believe that I cannot physically lose 10 pounds per month because I don’t have the ability to cut that many calories.

I have not been logging my food the way that I would like to.  But I do know that more often than not, I make good choices.  I do not eat fast food.  I limit fried food.  I eat fruits and vegetables and lean protein.  I enjoy healthy food more than unhealthy food.  I steam my meals, or eat them raw.

But, I eat too much food, and need to make changes in my portion size, even for healthy foods.  I also tend to make small choices that are adding 100 to 200 to 300 extra calories to my day.  But, even cutting an extra 300 calories per day from what I eat now, that only adds up to 2,100 calories per week.  And we all know that 3,500 calories = 1 pound.  So I need to cut about 1,000 calories per day to lose 2 pounds a week.  Even with a few ‘bad’ days, my caloric average intake is about 2,000.  So to cut 1,000 calories per day would be a 1,000 calorie day.  Which is not healthy.

Add in my exercise:  at least 60 minutes, 4 days per week of cardio, lifting, Pilates, or swimming.  As my trainer says, I have the exercise thing down.  But I’m trying to increase my burn, because I don’t have enough calories to “play with” in my food.  Up that to at least 5 days per week, and add in a few 2-a-days.

So moving forward, I’m incorporating small changes.

Small change + small change + small change = BIG change  

And because I can’t make big changes to the way that I eat or how I move my body, I need to do all that I can.

Changes that I’ve made so far:

  • Choosing grapes as my oatmeal “topping” instead of granola at breakfast yesterday
  • Choosing water over a flavored iced tea at lunch yesterday
  • Eating only my banana for my snack in the afternoon, instead of having the apple as well
  • Walk across campus to meetings, instead of dialing in
  • Grapes with my sandwich for lunch, instead of Baked! Doritos
In each of these cases, I had to stop.  Think about what I wanted.  And make a different choice than what I wanted.  But then when I had the other choice, I wasn’t deprived.  Actually?  The grapes instead of granola?  Better.  The apple?  Would have been too much.  The Doritos?  They make my tummy hurt.  So in the end, I made the choice that I needed to make.  And I made the choice that I really wanted in the end.
I’ve set a target, with my trainer, to lose 1.5 pounds per week until the end of the year (and moving into the New Year).  Ahhh, I can’t believe I’m already planning the New Year!  Over the next 13 weeks, until the end of the year, I envision a number of other changes in the way that I make these choices.  Are you ready?

What are some big or small changes that you’ve made that have made the most difference in your weight loss?

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