Monday, July 08, 2013
Last week I burned 1750 calories. That's good and all, but I didn't eat the healthiest. I did ok but then started to fall off towards the end of the week. This weekend was absolutely horrible. I got to thinking yesterday that I need to get my nutrition under control. I started ok yesterday, but health-wise I did not feel so good. I had only brought a yogurt and a nectarine for breakfast and then a homemade juice and almonds for lunch. I didn't have my yogurt till 9am along with the nectarine. I started feeling shaky and clammy. I've not usually had problems with low blood sugar, so I didn't understand why I was now. I have often waited to eat and was fine. By the time I got home I felt like I was going to pass out. I ate sooooo much food! I should have not eaten anything else but my room mate bought steak. I honestly can't remember the last time I ate steak. Its been at least 6 months. There was no way I was turning this meal down. So, I was wayyy over.
This morning I just recorded my weight from wed or thur whenever it was that I weighed in. When I weighed myself, I was 3 lbs heavier, but one day of overeating could not have possibly cause d me to gain 3 lbs. Saturday was kind of crappy too, but not that badly so. I was supposed to have Sunday be the start of my week, but I'm so used to it being Monday, that it just was too hard to switch.
I read up on SP about calories and how much I should be truly eating. I know that SP generates an amount, but I needed to see for myself- do my own calculations. I realized that in order to lose a lb a week I have to eat about 1600 calories a day. I thought that was the amount for me to lose 2 lbs per week! I didn't take into account my exercise though. I know that SP gives you more calories the more you exercise.
So, I ended up changing my goals for exercise. I know that I easily burn way more than 800 calories per week. I put in that I do 5 days of cardio- which is true. It gave me a goal for burning 1250 calories per week. That is doable for me. What I didn't know was that Sp automatically changes your calories when you tweak your exercise goals. I was at 1600 calories (of my own choice and I'd often allow myself to have 2,000 if it was a special day. This was because the old site that I counted calories on gave me 2,000 calories when I told them I wanted to lose a lb per week. I do NOT know what calculation they use...sheesh) but SP put me at 1550. I would have thought that I would have got more since I changed to more exercise. I know that I could change it back to the 1600, but I feel like maybe I do need to go down to that 1550. Besides, I had been thinking about starting to work my way down to 1500. I was going to start with 1550 for Sunday this week and then add in Monday next week and so on. But I was still going to have more on Wed, Fri, and Sat. Now I am really rethinking about whether or not to have those days where I go over in my calories- at least by that much. Or maybe just picking one day. Originally I was going to do 1800 on Wed (family dinner with friends) and then 2,000 on fri, and 2,000 on Sat. I'm just not sure anymore.
At any rate, I am going to do 1550 today and tomorrow. I try to decide by the end of the day what to do about Wed. Maybe I should just try and eat less throughout the day so that I have more calories for dinner (but not so few that I get dizzy- that was not a good experience!). As for Fri/Sat I was thinking about just picking one. It could change from week to week depending on plans. The question is, should that one day still be 2,000 calories? I now know that this is only about 100 calories under my maintenance amount. Yet, if 1600 is my 1 lb per week amount and I am eating 50 calories less than that per week 6 days per week that's 300 calories less. I can justify eating 100 extra calories so yeah, I'll keep that ONE day at 2000 calories. That in itself brings me to the conclusion that I must treat Wed as any other day and still only eat 1550. Wow- see how I just solved my own problem?
The other thing I am going to work on is figuring out what foods really fill me up so that at the end of the day I am not tempted to cheat. I've realized that in order to pull this off and eat less calories I am going to have to be more picky about what I put into my mouth. I know without a doubt that 400 calories of fast food junk does not fill me up the way a 400 calorie breakfast with eggs and toast does. Today I am planning on going to the discount bread store and stocking up on high fiber, low calorie bread.
One thing that I have realized is that if I am able to lose 1 lb per week, then by the end of the year I could be under 200 lbs! That would be a really good feeling. Next week is July 15th. I know that I am not going to be able to get down to 215- I can't lose 7 lbs in one week (unless I do a juice fast and I am not in the mood to do that). However, being under 200 by the end of the year sounds very nice. Even being near 200 would be awesome. So, I am going to keep pushing forward. I am going to keep trying and eventually I will be at a decent weight!