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?