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This is going to be harder than I thought

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I must be in denial about something. I've been trying hard to figure out where I'm slacking or where I'm cutting corners. One pound down in over 2 weeks doesn't seem like much though I do appreciate that it's one pound down and not one pound up.

What I really thought (or hoped) when I joined SP is that making myself accountable with a food diary, something that I've always resisted, would make me realize where I was going wrong with my eating habits and result in a slow steady loss. I already know that I have a hard time eating slowly and stopping when I know I'm satisfied. I want to keep going until I feel full. I wonder what that is all about. I almost feel like I'm depriving myself if I stop when I'm simply satisfied.

My daily calorie range is supposed to be between 1250 and 1650. It could be that is too big of a spread, but it does feel good to know that I still have a little more room left at the end of a day. I have noticed though that I tend to push the upper limits of that range. I have also noticed that I tend to choose foods that are higher in good fats, such as nuts and cheese. I do limit my portions with these but at the end of the day I see my fat intake is quite high.

My understanding is that weight loss will occur if we eat between 1200 to 1300 calories per day. I am operating under the assumption that I can eat whatever "real" foods I want, well combined of course, and keep the calories of each meal at around 300 - 400 and each snack at around 200. I find if I keep each meal to 300 then I don't feel satisfied and I'm afraid I'll keep snacking.

I am gathering as I'm writing this that I need to be ok with being less full. I don't need to be full, just satisfied. I have tried this in the past, saying this to myself, but there seems to be a powerful voice/force inside that wants me to be full when I have a meal. This is going to be a hard fight. I want to do it. I want to be light and not feel so heavy. I'm going to fight. I'm going to try and not go over 350 for each of my meals. And..then stick to one small snack.

I imagine then that the reason for the very slow loss is that I'm hovering between 1500 to 1600 calories per day. I need to scale it back and see what happens. Here we go!

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SABLENESS 5/28/2012 3:54PM

    Great advice here. I too find that exercise is essential to getting those numbers dropping. That was harder for me than food at first. I started with simple things, like a few of the strength training exercises that looked possible. I could barely get through one set at first, if that. I've done CHICKYBEE's idea about walking around the house, too, making a habit of not sitting when I'm on the phone. Before my nonogenarian mother-in-law passed last month, I usually clocked 20-30 min on my daily phone call to her. emoticon

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CHICKYBEE 5/27/2012 10:11PM

    I agree with BACKTOTEN12. You have to have some moving in there. That is the hardest part for some of us. Just a little walking at first will help get you going. Split it up if you have to. Start with 10 or 15 minutes if you can. And even better, do it morning & evening. I use my walking time for all that 'thinking' and praying I know I will do every day anyway. I have solved many of my problems while walking alone - lots, just around the house. (inside, not outside - it is 99 outside here now). Oh, and I say a 'lot' but that is a relative term... BACKTOTEN12 makes me look like I am resting all day. lol She is my 'aspiration', but I am not sure I will ever be able to run - maybe.

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BACKTOTEN12 5/27/2012 7:00PM

    Hi Curlycurly, I see you didn't mention any moving on your blog. For me exercise is essential for weight loss. Drinking my water daily really helps, too. I try to have 400 calories per meal and 2 - 100 calorie snacks. I lost at least 40 lbs doing that. I haven't been tracking much and eating too much lately but hopefully will start tracking again this week. Persistence is key to success emoticon

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CURLYCURLY62 5/26/2012 11:38PM

    Thanks for the great suggestions! I was eating only raw fruits and veggies (for almost a year) then developed a B12 deficiency. Lost 18 lbs over that year, then went back to a "normal" diet and gained it all back and more over the last 6 months. I like your idea of the lean protein and veggies. I used to eat that way and I'd forgotten how filling it was. I will try to do this for all of my dinners. Strangely enough, I had wild haddock and bok choy for dinner tonight and it was sooo good. As for the 8 glasses of water, I need to step that up a bit too. Thanks, I needed the reminders!

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CHICKYBEE 5/26/2012 5:00PM

    I hate to see you struggling so! I can recommend some really wonderful changes to make you feel full (all the time!), while eating healthy, and reducing calories: eat mostly white meat chicken, lean fish, and eggs/egg whites (these are your lower calorie meats, and you can eat more of them and keep calories low); tons of fresh veggies (raw and steamed - green ones especially (not the starchy ones); and only two fruits a day. These few changes might give your system just the boost it needs, to get you going again. Try it for a couple of weeks (don't eat like this except for a short time), and I believe you will see pounds begin to fall off.

I have the same problem you do. My metabolism is so slow, I swear I can gain weight on 1201 calories a day! I blame menopause. That is when my weight began to come on... and I was unprepared. I had never had to watch what I ate before, but found the pounds coming on in a steady climb every year. Getting any of them off was a huge amount of work for me, and I cannot do just any activity.

With these changes in my diet, I can now lose easily, feel energetic, happy and full all the time. Hope this helps. I am now sharing my nutrition feed on my SparkPage, you can go look at what I am eating. However, I will warn you... my calorie count is lower than recommended, but I am eating a lot of healthy foods. If you don't calculate your foods by grams, you might not know just how much I eat! It is frequently double servings of chicken/fish and vegetables.

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REDHATSHAPELY1 5/26/2012 3:15PM

    I understand your frustration about not losing more quickly. Are you getting in your glasses of water a day? I found this to be essential.
Maybe you're consuming too much sodium? And then there's always the exercise factor. Not only does some type of aerobic exercise burn calories, but it raises your metabolism, which also helps you burn more calories.
I am not really losing right now, but I know what my problem is: eating too much candy. Good luck!

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Blame it on PMS

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I go through this every month. A week or so before my period is due I start to think that I'm always hungry. I just had my breakfast of a cinnamon raisin bagel, cottage cheese and a banana. I remember purchasing the small 113 gram PC Blue Menu cottage cheese containers yesterday and thinking to myself, are these people kidding? 113 grams of cottage cheese is just a large spoonful to me. Ok, maybe a couple of large spoonfuls. I ended up eating 3 of them yesterday. I am sitting here this morning having tracked the above mentioned breakfast in awe of myself. I am in awe that I have eaten my full breakfast, tried desperately to eat slowly but could not slow it down that much as my PMS carb desperate brain kept telling me to eat it all in one bite, but I talked myself through it and said, slow it down, it will still be there a minute from now, it's going to be ok. I slowed it down a bit, which felt alright, though it was a struggle. Now here's the funny thing. About two or three minutes after ingesting my breakfast, I got distracted by something, then said to myself, hmmmm, wonder what I should have for breakfast this morning. I had to give my head a big shake as I realized that I'd already had my breakfast. It was with a bit of a sinking feeling that I went over to my food tracker and realized that I'd taken in 430 calories without even noticing. Mind you, this is not a daily occurrence although it does happen quite a bit, especially during the PMS times. I'm going to have another glass of water and I'm going to go get ready to start my day. I am thinking that I'm going to start blogging to see if I can awaken a more centred form of self discovery. Thank you SP, thank you for being there. I feel reassurred somehow.

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EARTHHAVEN 5/17/2012 2:45AM

    The wonderful thing about blogging is that you find out you are not alone. Everytime you have that moment of awareness about something that you do without thinking, is a step in the right direction. You can't fix something you don't know about! So now you find ways to make more concious decisions and put fun activities in your danger zone/time.

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CHICKYBEE 5/16/2012 5:02PM

    You are so right about tracking foods.. tracking every single bite and sip that goes into our mouths is a great way to discover just how many calories are in foods that seem okay, as well as just how much is going in. It also shows us just where our weakest hour(s) in a day are. You keep going. The more you learn about yourself, the more you learn where to begin to concentrate your efforts and energies. I am in this very same journey (sans the PMS - I just love carbs and sweets).

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DEBDOLL424 5/16/2012 9:28AM

    I think there are many of us who will be able to relate to your blog. Writing is a great way to get centered and learn about yourself. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day! emoticon

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