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Now I Know

Monday, February 18, 2013

I've been tracking my food for nearly a month now and this week has not been my best. I've averaged 2119 calories a day over the past 7 days, which is at the highest end of what SparkPeople tells me I should be consuming (2120/day).

I've mentioned my cookie habit before, and I'm very happy to say that eating warm cookies and ice cream every night is all but a memory. However. It's really no wonder that I gained so much weight over the past couple of years when I look at my calorie intake! And what I've eaten this week (particularly over the weekend) was similar to -- or even higher than -- what I had been consuming regularly before I joined the gym and SparkPeople. Last year at this time I knew I was eating much more than I should, yet I still wanted to believe that it wasn't my fault for gaining weight. I honestly thought, "Could I be pregnant?" emoticon I wanted to avoid the truth.

I'm not seeing any big outward results at the gym, even though I enjoy being there, and though my stamina has improved for sure. I thought my pants would fit normally by simply going to the gym. It used to work that way when I was younger! But Iím not as young as I once was... and now making sure I keep my calories in check is also important.

Our bodies change as we get older and we have to find new ways of staying in shape and getting the results we want. If anything, the changes keep us on our toes!
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DISCIPLINE_DOES 2/20/2013 1:00PM

    I'm still trying to deny that age will be a problem with my weight loss efforts. I can admit that my eating will derail any attempts I make, but I cannot make myself believe that age will play a part.

Sigh. Thanks for the gentle reminder. :)

You're doing GREAT!!!

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ASTAPP21 2/18/2013 11:51AM

    You know that you're making a change for life and this is one week out of how many? Don't get too discouraged!

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TIFFA409 2/18/2013 10:29AM

    Don't beat yourself up too much. Remember some days/weeks go better than others. This is a lifetime journey and not a sprint. It is all about a calorie deficit over time. I have lost 6-7 pounds so far and expected to feel my clothes starting to feel a bit differently, but so far nothing. Keep faith in the process and keep moving emoticon

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KABMPH 2/18/2013 10:20AM

    PATTYE255 - that's a DAY. Thanks for pointing that out -- I edited it to read more accurately. :)

I am within a normal weight so SP has me on a maintenance plan. It tells me to eat between 1770-2120 calories a day. I am too often at the high end of that!

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PATTYE255 2/18/2013 10:17AM

    You sound at peace with yourself and willing to keep moving forward! Great! I am curious ... my tracker has me eating up to 1600 calories a day ... and you said you were eating 2119 in a week? Was that the correct number? Just wondering... because it may help me with my numbers.

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