Friday, May 06, 2011
I'm reading, I'm listening, I'm learning, and I'm experimenting.
Impossible for me to sustain 1200 calorie days. Here is my life when my goal is 1200 daily calories:
Day 1 - no problem
Day 2 - still okay
Day 3 - starting to struggle
Day 4 - barely able to stay with it
Day 5 - PARTY :( - (Not the good kind).
Day 6 - party recovery and realization that 4 days of hard work became undone just like this... This, too, is yoyo dieting and while it keeps me within my weight range I'm working way too hard to stay there.
"Eat more nutrient dense foods", you may say. But I already do. So while this is good practice it is not MY answer.
"Use your weight range", you may say. True, but my mind does not work that way. When I'm in the 1200 calorie mode, 1201 calories will put my mind over the top. Who made up this 1200 calorie story anyway?
I'm sure that many people get great results living on 1200 calories a day, and once upon a time so did I. But things change, metabolism changes over time due to various circumstances, and I can attest to the fact that 10 years ago, losing weight was a lot easier than it is now.
I have learned from more than one source, that a messed up metabolism can be healed in a matter of a month or two, but you have to abandon your belief that the only way to lose weight is to keep your calories as low as possible.
Rather than 1200-1200-1200-1200-the sky's the limit days, consistency is key. Keeping intake consistent at a higher daily calorie intake is key.
True or false? I'll be able to report back in a couple of weeks.
For the past few days, or maybe even a week I've been eating a minimum of 1400 calories a day with a max. limit of 1700. (It is an absolute mystery to me, why my head accepts a calorie range between 1400 and 1700 calories, but goes absolutely berserk with a range of 1200 to 1600.)
Truthfully, I lost count of how many days it's been, because I'm totally coasting. Food does not dominate my thoughts and my days. I have a pretty good eating routine which is usually breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. A second snack either between breakfast and lunch or after dinner as needed. I hold myself to preset time ranges. Crazy? Maybe, but it works for me right now.
Of course I jump on the scale every couple of days to monitor this. I'm not gaining, on the contrary. I love it when I can live in my 29 Levis :)
I'm excited to find out how long I can ride this ride and what results it will bring me.
On a non-Spark related note: I am without kids tonight and I'm absolutely ecstatic! DD is house-sitting & DS is spending the night at a friend's house. I've already finished my "yeah-no-kids-until-tomorrow-night" dance (can I log it? :)) I know, I'm terrible, but honestly I'm completely "teenagered" out. My doors are locked, my shades are drawn, the world is outside and in here there is nothing put PEACE!