Thursday, February 28, 2013
I have been struggling with my food for a while. It's so discouraging to track and see that no matter how hard I try my calories are too high and my vitamins are too low and my fiber is never high enough and blah blah blah. I know that the interactive trackers that give feedback are supposed to be more effective and help, but it was killing me. I stopped tracking and just struggled along as best I could.
I lost 3 pounds from Thanksgiving to the beginning of February.
I spent most of January and February sick. But I tried as hard as I could to eat right and get to the gym. One night, I went to the gym even though I was sick and had a little bit of a break down with the trainer. He said I needed to increase my protein intake. I bought the Abs Diet book, which talked about foods that you should eat and stuff. I looked through it and made a couple easy tweaks to my diet, but I didn't really change how much I was eating or anything, I just started writing my meals down in a little notebook, and aiming for 125 grams of protein every day.
I lost 5 pounds from February 8 to February 28.
I think this is working. It's easy to write down my meals in my little notebook, and it doesn't tell me how many calories or how poorly I'm doing. It's just a nice little reminder that I should pay attention, and I can keep track of how much protein I'm getting. I went from about 30 grams on average a day to 115 to 125 grams per day. And it's easy! It only took a little bit of tweaking to my diet. I added some low-sugar protein powder (made with whey protein) and I feel great!
I think that this is sustainable. I know that my trainer wants me to be eating like 1,400 calories a day, but I'm not going to worry about that. I'm just going to keep tracking on paper (no feedback!) and keep my protein intake up, and we'll see how it goes. I think it will work for me!