Monday, May 20, 2013
I tend to get discouraged waiting for the end of a long term goal. (For instance, my long term goal is 130lbs), so I set myself shorter goals and focus on that. Today I reached a short term goal, which was "Next time I weigh myself, I want to be under 270...then keep myself under 270) And today I weighed in at 267! :D
I am proud of myself, but a little hard on myself because I'm mad I ever let myself get back up here. I let myself get back up as far as 280 before I got back on track again. (My highest weight was 300lb.) A couple of years ago, I became Vegan, lost almost 50 lbs. (Got myself down to 254lb, then capped. Couldn't lose any more for some reason).
Since I started using SparkPeople, I learned that I wasn't getting NEARLY enough protein! (OR Calories!). I am no longer vegan, or even vegetarian, but I do intend to get back to at least being MOSTLY vegetarian. But I think I will stick with low-fat dairy products verses the soy replacements. One day I had all my stuff tracked in advance....while I was making my lunch, I saw I still had some VEGAN Sour Cream, so I used that instead....LOADS of fat! Messed up my entire day of planning, and took me over my fat limit.
So no wonder I wasn't losing weight as a vegan! Too much fat! Too many carbs! Not enough calories or protein! So, next time I go either vegetarian or vegan, (and I'm not going to rush myself) I will be paying close attention, and move into it slowly. I will also most likely stick to natural sources of food rather than soy replacements, because it's hard to plan the rest of your day when you have skyrocketed your sodium or fat limit with one part of one meal. And I don't think I'll ever give up my protein shakes! (I do use soy milk instead of dairy, because I won't drink plain soy milk and if I have dairy milk in the house, it's gone within 2 days. (A full gallon...it's bad).
Well, right now I'm not really able to be very active because I am still recovering from recent foot surgery on both feet, It will be another 4 weeks before I'm able to really exercise. But just not bringing soda in the house (an occasional 20oz or 2 liter to share, so I don't drink and drink and drink!) and replacing with at least 8 cups of regular water, and tracking to make sure I am getting the right amount of nutrients has been working wonders!