Sunday, May 15, 2011
When I was talking w/ my fiance tonight about the fact that when I entered my most recent weight loss (a total of 15.6 lbs- WooHoo!), the nutrition tracker reset my daily caloric intake range to 1250-1600. Before that, I was eating around 1650 & concerned about feeling full.
However, today I ate 1,571 calories and have felt completely satisfied. My fiance asked me if I had increased my fiber intake. Interesting! In fact, that is exactly what happened (albiet accidently).
I added 2 tsp. of ground flax seed to my cottage cheese this morning, when I had already added 1/2 of a Flax Oatbran Muffin & did not mean to add more fiber. Plus, throughout the day I had a couple of multigrain tortillas & two flax & multigrain crackers.
Because the flax seed is so low in calories (about 10 per tsp), I think I'll just plan to add that to my meals throughout the day - it feels like a magic formula!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Knowing that I was going to head to bed @ 8:30 p.m. last night in order to wake up @ 1:50 a.m. to watch the Royal wedding until 6 a.m., I logged in evening snack calories for a cucumber sandwich & a cup of tea last night. I also took my thyroid medication when I got up & waited an hour before eating my "wedding snack" @ 3 a.m. Am really proud of myself for planning ahead & sticking to it!
Additionally, I committed myself to doing 3 seated versions of Leslie Sansone's "2 Mile Walk" 3x a week (in addition to my stretching/cardio/strength Chair Workouts on the other 3 days) & I've just completed mile #6 for this week - Ta DA!
All systems are working! YIPEE!!!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Something completely WEIRD happened this morning! For breakfast, I was making steel-cut oatmeal w/ cinnamon, a whole chopped apple, & a tablespoon of dried berries, which was all going to be topped w/ 2 tbsp of vanilla yogurt & 1 tbsp of sliced almonds. However, as I started to put the cooked "1 serving" (as stated on the box) of oatmeal into my bowl, I realized that it was actually going to be too much for me to eat.
I had eaten the same entire recipe a few weeks ago & was definitely overly full afterwards. So, this morning, I decided that even if it was supposed to be one serving, I could choose to eat half of the oatmeal/apple/raisin mixture w/ the full amount of yogurt & almonds for breakfast & if I felt like eating the rest as a snack or for another day, I could. A true epiphany for me!
Am sure this seems all too obvious to most people, but realizing that I can choose to eat smaller amounts of some things is really freeing for me! It means that I can use those calories for other times of the day - Hallelujah!
Monday, April 25, 2011
After checking on "Calorie Control.org," www.caloriecontrol.org/healthy-weigh
or-women I discovered that to maintain a weight of 150 lbs @ 5'5", I can eat 1,640 calories a day, even with a sedentary lifestyle (at the moment I'm exercising).
Because I currently weigh 299 lbs & am eating between 1,640 - 1,740 calories, I am now calming down, feeling like I can totally do this! What a HUGE relief.
I was envisioning having to get down to 1,200 calories and couldn't imagine how on earth that was ever going to happen, as I feel hungry if I try to eat 1,600 calories.
If I am understanding this correctly, I can eat the number of calories I'm currently consuming & will eventually even out to 150 lbs. Then, if I wanted to lose more weight @ that point, theoretically, I could increase the amount of exercise that I'm doing.
Having spent decades terrified of food, I am finally starting to feel peaceful about all of this. WHEW!
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