Thanks guys, so much, for the awesome advice.
Seems my SP is between 1200-1550 calories a day and I've been going below that on average. What I've done is eat a bowl of Special K or some other type of cereal that has more health benefits than sugar. If I don't do that, I'll eat a Special K meal bar. After doing this, I'll wait a bit for it to digest then go out and do my exercise and burn it all off in the 1:50 minutes that I'm doing my routine.
Lunch... well, that really doesn't happen for me but the few times I do get something it is usually a meal bar to take the edge off. Dinner time comes early for me because I understand that eating dinner earlier helps with weight loss so dinner time for me is between 4:30-5 PM. Dinner generally consists of meat and veggies and the portions are controlled. Admittedly, I'll eat a lot of veggies when they are in the house. It is not uncommon for me to eat a piece of meat and a CAN of cut green beans with nothing on them. One can of cut green beans warmed with nothing added equates to about 90 or so calories according to Green Giant.
By doing this I am able to get full without the high calorie count. I drink water mixed with Mio (flavored water enhancer with 0 calories for those who do not know what it is) throughout the day. After dinner, I'm fine but when evening comes around I start hankering for something to snack on.
When I reviewed my account to see how to make it public I wasn't able to find much information on how to do that but I think in order to make this happen I have to make a personal page of some sort. Getting back to the SP range, 1200-1550 calories a day seems rather high. I'll be honest with you guys, when I was doing this and tracking my intake, I lost about six pounds then the scale wouldn't move anymore. My workout was the EA Sports Active 2 program which, looking back on it, was more toning and muscle building then cardio.
I was really doing well with the program but I got very frustrated at the lack of weight loss even though I was busting my hump doing the exercise. Ultimately, when the group I was in (a SparkPeople group) disbanded due to the shutdown, I stop doing those exercises and gained the weight back again plus two additional pounds. The weight I carried when I was exercising went from fit to flab.
When I returned to getting myself back in shape in December 2012, it was at that time that some strong desire to succeed rose in me but this time I went into the new direction with the understanding that I would not "diet" anymore. What I set out to do was change my lifestyle instead. Better eating choices and incorporating regular exercise into my life was something I realized was going to be on a permanent basis, not just to lose the weight.
The reason why you guys see the numbers I've entered (700-800 calories during the day) is because I found a way to sort of trick my body by consuming a lot of veggies to get full but eat less than 1000 calories a day. Drinking a lot of water helped me, too. I lost 23 pounds between doing this and the exercise. 1200-1550 calories... That gives me the chills thinking about consuming that many calories in a day. I can't help but see everything I've worked so hard for coming apart as a result.
I really love the way I look now and I feel pretty good; the night snacking was my only Achilles Heel. Even then the detriment was that I could not lose additional weight steadily as I did before. I've wrote entirely too much here and do apologize for such a long post.
I'm going to have to take time to really think about how making this change is going to turn out for me.
Edited by: TERRIECASON at: 8/8/2013 (23:53)