Wednesday, August 22, 2012
For my BL team I need to blog about my past 10 weeks, so here I go.
I did not reach my goal, not my a long shot. In fact I gained weight. That about sums up the past 10 weeks.
I have been reflecting and planning and coming up with a new strategy. I've decided I'm trying to do too much. I have decided to cut back on my team activities and cut my priorities down to 2 main things.
1. Eat Less
2. Move more
I have already started getting back to tracking my calories. I am going to track everything I eat 6 days a week, with Sunday being my "off" day. To begin with, so that I don't "fail" right off the bat, I'm going to attempt to keep my calories between 1800 - 2000. My normal calorie range is somewhere around 2800 give or take a few hundred, so this will be challenging for me, but not so challenging that I feel like I can't do it and just give up.
To move more, I'm walking or biking my son to and from school again mostly. That's regular exercise that I can always count on during the school year. For now that's all I'm going to do until I get my calorie intake under control.
That's about the gist of it. I'm just going back to the very, very basics with my main priority being to log my calories and keep them in the range I've set for myself.
For anyone wondering HOW I intend to keep them in that range, when I'm used to eating more, my strategy is this:
Breakfast - 1 serving of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk OR 1 yogurt and 1 cup of milk OR a "diet" bar or shake and 1 cup of milk.
Lunch - Canned soup and fruit OR salad and fruit OR "diet" bar or shake and fruit OR 1/2 sandwich, fruit, and veggies.
Dinner - Whatever I make for the family, but keeping track of the calories and portion sizes so I don't go over my goal for the day. If eating out for dinner, try to stick to lean meat and vegetable dishes and water to drink.
Snacks - Preferably NO SNACKS AFTER DINNER! However, during the day if I feel especially hungry I will snack on fruits, vegetables, or "diet" bars or shakes, with possibly a handful of nuts/seeds for protein.
That's generally what I'm going to try to do. I've also been planning my dinner menu ahead of time for the past month or so, which is making it easier to know what I can eat during the rest of the day.
Let's hope this works!