Monday, January 21, 2008
I just want to give thanks. I had been quite worried about finances for February, as neither my husband nor I had any significant freelance work on hand & we depend on that extra income to make it through. A little while ago I got a note from the managing editor at my favorite client, a wonderful small publishing company, offering me a book about one of my favorite authors, Wendell Berry! The project pays decently & won't be difficult.
I thank God for providing--& for reminding me that he knows what I really love.
Monday, January 21, 2008
After several days of NOT tracking.
But I hasten to add, this comes after months of tracking meticulously nearly every day. So now I have a pretty clear idea of how to balance my eating each day & am putting to use all that I have learned.
I get Martin Luther King Day off, so I'm home today getting some freelance & volunteer work done. Later I'll take a break to do some cardio with one of the Latin dance DVDs. Turned out our DVD player just needed cleaning, no expensive repairs--yay!
Friday, January 18, 2008
The morning after I make my official decision to simply maintain, the scales show a loss of two pounds! That is just hilarious. No complaints though.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
First of all, I'm home today. It wasn't a planned sick day, but on my way to work my contact lens fell out on the train! I looked & looked, but it had disappeared. So I caught a return train & am waiting for the optometrist's office to call me back. I badly need a new prescription anyway & had been planning to call & make an appointment. i hope he can see me today.
Second, I've decided to accept my body's clear decision to park at 150 lbs for now. The mirror tells me that I'm just fine. Come spring I may want to work harder & lose those 8 remaining pounds; it will be easier then because I can go running regularly again.
My winter challenge will just be to maintain, exercise, & get adequate protein. I'll weigh daily, & anytime I go up a pound I will require myself to track my food until I get back down. I'll track exercise regularly, though, to add to my team's SparkAmerica points, & for my own motivation.
I'll continue to check in daily on my team's message board, read my friends' blogs, & do my own blogging. Even though most of the SP e-mails I get nowadays feature articles I've already read, I'll use SP as a resource to learn more about nutrition & exercise, & when I figure out something new I'll share it.
That's the plan!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
My protein intake was low today. Most days I've been getting it up to 60 grams, by working hard to include protein-rich foods--but I'm tired today, my husband cooked supper which was sweet of him, & I already have more than 1300 calories in me. (The days I attain 60 grams or more, I come close to or surpass 1550 calories, so lately I've been staying at the very top of my daily range.)
I was trying to find materials about protein requirements online because I haven't seen anything at SP that explains why they calculate that requirement as they do. Found one site where I learned the following:
1. Generally women are considered to need 40 grams of protein per day.
2. Average protein consumption in the U.S. is 100 grams per day. [SP may not do much with it because they figure most people are already getting plenty.]
3. Physically active people, women & men alike, need more protein than sedentary people do.
4. A diet that is relatively high in protein is correlated with weight loss--these summaries of research & references are cited:
- Obese individuals eating a slightly higher protein diet (25% of calories from protein), lost significantly more weight and body fat than those eating a slightly lower protein diet (12% of calories from protein).
- Overweight women consuming a diet with a carbohydrate/protein ratio of 1.4 (125 g protein/day) lost more weight and body fat than those eating a ratio of 3.5 (68 g protein/day).
Layman DK, Boileau RA, Erickson DJ, Painter JE, Shiue H, Sather C, Christou DD. (2003) A reduced ratio of dietary carbohydrate to protein improves body composition and blood lipid profiles during weight loss in adult women. J Nutr. 133(2):411-7.
Skov AR, Toubro S, Ronn B, Holm L, Astrup A (1999). Randomized trial on protein vs carbohydrate in ad libitum fat reduced diet for the treatment of obesity. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 23(5):528-36.
Well, there's no way I can eat 125 grams of protein a day. Not that I'm obese or even overweight anyway. This whole thing is starting to feel like a lot of effort for minimal return.
I'm thinking about returning to the rest of my life & reducing my Sparking to the minimum: cheering on my friends, learning exercises that I haven't yet done, tracking only if my weight creeps up. It has taken SO much time yet I haven't lost a pound for nearly three months now. My BMI is fine; I have no health reasons to lose more, only aesthetic ones.
Haven't decided yet, just thinking hard.
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