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?
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)
*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.
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.
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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