Sunday, January 27, 2013
I've been spending the past few weeks trying to figure out which exercise/food routine will work best for my weight loss. It seems that different things have worked better at different times of my life. After Grad school and before pregnancy, I lost 20 pounds on South Beach. It wasn't easy, but it forced me to eat better. After having a child, I was struggling with the restrictive nature of South Beach, so I tried Weight Watchers. I lost ten pounds easily. In the past couple of years, though, neither of the above two plans has worked very well for me.
When I started dealing with my dietary restrictions last year (no sugar, caffeine, dairy), I started looking around online for recipes. I stumbled upon the Eat To Live program because it is so similar to the way I *should* be eating. The plan fits my food restrictions perfectly. But, there are two main problems I have been dealing with in Eat to Live. One: It takes a lot of time to prepare all of the foods for the day/week. Two: I'm getting tired of leafy vegetables.
So, I've gone back to the basics and for the past few days have been counting calories. What I'm finding is that due to the foods I can't eat, in order to feel satisfied on fewer calories I need to eat lots and lots of veggies which brings me right back to Eat To Live. For some reason though, perhaps because it isn't as structured, I feel better about eating veggies when I'm not being told which precise veggies I should be eating.
Today was the first day of reduced calories (1200 cals/day) where I don't feel like I'm starving at the end of the day. Here's what I ate:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie consisting of two cups of spinach, one cup of almond milk, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and one frozen banana.
Lunch: Five tablespoons of hummus with celery and two tablespoons of peanut butter with celery.
Dinner: A whole bag of Birds Eye Steamers Asian Medley on one and a half cups of brown rice.
Whether or not I lose weight, I like the fact that over the past few weeks I have been eating fewer carbs and more veggies.