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To eat or not to eat?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Should this even be a question?

Obviously we need to eat to live. Many people eat too little because of poverty, sickness, famine, etc., through no fault of their own.

And many people eat too much. That is why we end up here after all.

A good portion of my weight gain over the years has been because I like food. Quite simply I like to eat, I enjoy the food and I enjoy the act of eating. I never really paid attention to portion sizes. A typical bowl of cereal for me was actually 2 servings....and many times I would go back and have a second (2 serving) bowl. Every meal was like that.

And I am also an emotional eater. Bored = eat. Upset = eat. Happy = eat. You get the idea.

So today when I read VYVIENN's blog mentioning that she wasn't getting the minimum calories according to her tracker I decided to post the question.

Because since I've started here I've reached my MINIMUM daily calories maybe 3 times. 3 times in 42 days. I'm doing the right things (I think). I exercise daily, 30 minutes at a minimum, usually more. I track everything I eat including gum and condiments. If it passes my lips I write it down. I track all my nutrients, vitamins & minerals and make sure I'm getting at least the minimum of most of them, most days. Or coming really close.

I don't obsess over whether something is low fat, I don't avoid any foods. I eat what I want and like. BUT.....I measure everything and keep a tight watch on portion sizes. I eat 3 meals a day & 1-2 snacks. I eat only when I'm hungry and I stop eating when I'm full. This is what I need to train myself to do to make a true lifestyle change and make this the LAST time I have to lose weight. I want off of the roller coaster.

I quite simply cannot make myself eat more just to eat more to bump up the calories to the minimum level. So I've been losing weight at a pretty fast clip, 23 lbs in 42 days.

I don't know if ultimately this is good or bad. I feel great, better than I have in a long time. I have more energy, I sleep better, I enjoy most of the exercise I do (nothing will ever make me like the treadmill or running in general though! Or pushups, I despise pushups!). So I think I am doing something right.

Does any one else have trouble reaching their minimum calorie level each day?

  
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TABUKRA69 2/12/2011 1:33PM

    Last time I was here on sparkpeople I hardly ever managed to reach my min calorie goal and this time I decided to experiment a little. Change how many lbs a week I wanted to loose and wow what a difference. Just by changing 1lb a week my calories went from a min intake of 2400 calories a day to 1900 calories a day. I don't want to loose the 150lbs + that I have too quickly or I will end up just putting it straight back on again.

I wont however eat more just to reach that min calorie goal. If I feel full I will stop, now I expect when I start exercising that I may reach that min calorie goal and as I loose weight I wont need to eat so many calories.

Great blog post and a very good question to ask.

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VYVIENN 2/12/2011 1:33PM

    See, that is a good question... my "allowance" of 1505 calories is based purely on my BMR, so not even factoring in that I work out five times a week. I'm a touch worried because Jillian Michaels wants the followers of her "Making the Cut" diet to stick to that minimum in order to avoid a drop in energy. I've been having a hard time losing weight for a few weeks now, so I wonder if it's because I'm not getting enough to burn.

Then there's my husband who claims that he's had excellent results eating right around 1000 cals and working out, without ever feeling hungry or deprived.

I suppose I'll just have to see how next week goes. But like you, I won't make any special concessions other than sticking to the recipes. emoticon

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BKISSEE1 2/12/2011 1:12PM

    At first because I am a control freak, I was trying to hit the calorie goals set on here. Then I was taken to the day where I missed it by like 500 on the low end. and it was because I was not hungry that day at all.. I am the same I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full.

Thanks for your Blog! emoticon

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Don't forget to breathe!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

As I am constantly admonished by the virtual Wii Fit Plus trainer guy.
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And I realized he's right, I do have a tendency to hold my breath during strength training. Probably b/c I have have coordination issues and trouble doing 2 things at once...like anything and breathing LOL!

So fellow Sparkers...don't forget to breathe, your life depends on it!

Last month I promised myself to keep a visual log of my progress, even though I detest pictures at any time. So since I reached my 20 lb. goal here is picture # 2...


Me after 9 lbs lost, on 1-7-11


Me after 21 lbs lost, on 2-8-11

My waist is re-emerging! Welcome back waist!

  
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THEREALMUMMYPIG 6/22/2011 10:13PM

    Wow!!!! Good job!!! emoticon

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DOGSTARDADDY 2/11/2011 5:43PM

    Nicely done.

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4EVERFIT011 2/9/2011 8:17AM

    You look beautiful! Congratulations on your loss. You are doing awesome!
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INIT2LIVEIT 2/9/2011 8:11AM

    Awesome job emoticon

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VYVIENN 2/9/2011 7:34AM

    emoticon What a difference already! Great job!!

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TIME4CHANGE814 2/9/2011 7:17AM

    great job!! keep it up!!

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I'm Overweight! WooHoo!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Ordinarily being overweight is probably not cause for celebration. But according to this morning's weigh in I am at 185.9 lbs which brings my BMI down into the overweight category.

I'm not "Obese" any more! WooHoo!

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THEREALMUMMYPIG 6/22/2011 10:12PM

    I can imagine how you must have felt when this happened and I can't wait for that amazing feeling for myself!!

You have done so well and it's excellent reading through your blog and seeing how you've changed.

Well done!

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SKYGLIDER1 2/12/2011 6:21PM

  Congrats! I am SOOOO jealous......but happy for you!!!

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SHELLEY202 2/7/2011 9:54AM

    That's fantastic! Good job!

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SHELLEY202 2/7/2011 9:54AM

    That's fantastic! Good job!

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SHELLEY202 2/7/2011 9:52AM

    That's fantastic! Good job!

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RESULTS361AP09 2/6/2011 5:59PM

    That is great! Keep up the good work & you will be out of that category before you know it! emoticon

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BECKYI39 2/6/2011 8:57AM

    Yeah! Way to go!!!!

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FABULOUSIN2011 2/6/2011 8:31AM

    Congratulations! Keep up the awesome work.

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DOODIE59 2/6/2011 8:14AM

    Way.Ta.Go, FANGFACE!!!! Awesome work.

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/6/2011 7:58AM

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BKNITNWW 2/6/2011 7:49AM

    I am so proud of you!!! What a wonderful accomplishment!!!

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CO-CREATOR 2/6/2011 7:43AM

    Congrats!!

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Thanks for the comments....and random recap

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Thank you to everyone for your comments on my blogs these past several days. I have been super busy and have not had a chance to respond to everyone individually but your comments, and knowing that you took time from your day to read them, are very appreciated.

I've been on SP for 5 weeks now. My accomplishments:

I've lost an inch or two around my waist & hips; I've lost 17-18 pounds; I've defeated the scale gremlins in vicious hand to hand combat. OK, maybe not the last but I did overcome a mini plateau because the gremlins knew I would take them if it came to vicious hand to hand combat.

I've got a lot of new Spark friends who offer encouragement and for whom I try to do the same.

I do my time on the treadmill regularly...and hate every second of it but I still do it. I've tried Zumba, yesterday was my second class & it does get easier. I've faced my 12 year old daughter in a dance off on the Wii game Just Dance 2...and danced her backside off to take home the Dancing Queen crown!

I (mostly) cleaned out my bedroom to create a "sleep haven" and improved my sleep. I drink all my water just about every day. I've stayed under my maximum calories every day and incorporated daily exercise into my schedule. I get to bed on time and clean the litter box daily, for which my cats are grateful. I cook more, and healthier.

I'm still feeling very positive that I can do this, despite some minor bumps that in the past would have sent me into a downward spiral of overeating and weight gain (or maybe that would have been an upward spiral to match the numbers on the scale).

Thinks I need to work on:
*finish cleaning out my bedroom
*getting enough fat/protein/calories every day (does anyone else have trouble reaching their MINIMUM daily calories? I've done it maybe 3 times so far, otherwise I'm always below the minimum)
*remaining positive
*improving my willpower - I like food, and I enjoy the act of eating. I don't handle restrictions well so I need to plan ahead more to incorporate SMALL indulgences regularly so I don't feel deprived & binge
*more interaction with my Spark Friends
*more interaction on my Spark Teams

Unlike in the past where I've been on my own trying to lose weight & get healthier this time it is working.

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P.S. I did not win the chili cook off yesterday but the 1st & 2nd place winners are both in my department so I get to bask in the reflected glory. Plus I got to try some pretty awesome chilis and cornbread.

  
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AWOOD1973 2/7/2011 10:40AM

    Love this blog! :) Great job! emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/5/2011 5:46PM

    You're doing fantastic!
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MCJULIEO 2/5/2011 10:50AM

    I desperately need to excavate the house (Translated: CLEAN the whole place!)

Also, I have trouble getting my quota of fat.... I think it's psychological... I've got such a lowfat/ no fat attitude, even though I KNOW I need SOME!

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It's Back!

Friday, February 04, 2011

It's our annual chili cookoff at work today, in honor of the Superbowl this weekend (at least I think it's this weekend, I'm sports illiterate). 20 different chilis, 10 different cornbreads. The competition is intense. At stake is a $40 Bed, Bath & Beyond gift certificate and the Golden Spoon trophy. The same person has won the last 2 years and this year he is going down!

(insert maniacal laugh)

It's actually more about having fun and enjoying each other's company without it being about work. A chance to socialize with people you don't necessarily interact with, a bit of relaxation during the work day. It is also becoming moderately famous, with our suppliers asking about it and sometimes sharing a bowl (or two or three - 20 crockpots is a lot of chili!).

But I still want to win LOL. So I need to get busy & make my cornbread.

  
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RESULTS361AP09 2/4/2011 9:43PM

    That sounds like fun! Good luck!!!

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TIGGERJEAN 2/4/2011 6:28AM

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Go git em, girl!

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DDBRENNE 2/4/2011 5:58AM

  Knock 'em dead there. Here's to your chili! emoticon

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