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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Spring is coming! I can't wait to get outside and be more active again!

I weighed in this morning, and over the past two weeks I have gained .8lbs. I should be thankful that's all it was, though, because my eating habits have been horrible. I'm not sure what it is, but I cannot seem to stick to my calorie range. I think I would be starving if I did! I don't get it...becuase I eat healthy foods for the most part (with the occasional treat), and I have actually been sticking to my goal of exercising at least 10 minutes a day (although I consistently go above and beyond that). I have also been trying to drink my 8 glasses of water. I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as 2-3 small snacks each day. So I'm not sure why I can't stick to my range. I feel hungry about every 2 hours, and even with a couple healthy snacks throughout the day, I can't keep that feeling at bay. My calorie range allows me to eat up to 1,800 calories a day, and I have no idea how people with smaller ranges do it!!! If anyone reads this and has a similar problem or a solution, I'd love to hear about it. I'll outline a typical meal plan for my day, so maybe someone can help pinpoint what my problem might be.

Breakfast (same each day):
Reliv shake (1 scoop Reliv Now, 1 scoop Innergize, 1 scoop Fibrestore)
Medium-large banana
1 packet fruit & cream variety oatmeal

Medium-large apple
1 oz. Planters roasted unsalted peanuts

Lunch (same every day):
Equate shake (WalMart's equivalent of Slimfast--I have found it helps me get a lot of the nutrients I need and is quick and easy at work)
10 baby carrots
1 serving of mini pretzels (about 20 pretzels)

Snack (same every day):
Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy yougurt

Banquet frozen meal (only about 200-300 calories each) OR can of condensed soup OR leftovers
Salad (plain lettuce with a bit of mj/colby cheese)
Grapes or some other type of frut

(My boyfriend wants to go out to eat a lot, so sometimes this meal can be tricky, but I try to stick to what I have at home as much as possible.)

Reduced Fat Cheezits OR bowl of sherbet OR yogurt OR anything else I can get my hands on because by the time I am ready for bed I am so hungry I can't fall asleep...I don't feel like I get full enough during the day, so I am always really hungry in the evenings. One thing I must mention is that I rarely ever have time to actually cook between my crazy work schedule and homework. I don't have a lot of time to prepare meals, so that is why most of what I eat is stuff I can just grab and go.

I did have a problem with relying on fat free cappucinno to keep me awake in the evenings to focus on my homework when I;m exhausted afterwork, but I am really cutting back on that because I know it adds a lot of calories and I don't want to become dependent on the caffine. If anyone sees where I'm going wrong, or has suggestions on how I can feel fuller longer, please share them with me. I am so tired of being hungry all the time and consistently going over my calorie range! Help!
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    well not sure but don't eat the same food daily at your meals? Not sure that will help but maybe
    3146 days ago
  • SCOUTER999
    You are getting great advise. Keep it simple. Burn more calories than you take in. You need to take in fewer calories. Make every calorie worth its weight. Ask yourself, can I get by without eating this? Eat early and often, try seven small meals, with the bigger meals earlier. Drink lots of juices, teas, eating almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, blueberries, strawberries (they are starting to get sweet.), bananas, yogurts, some ham and turkey. Visualize. See yourself getting thinner and firmer. Let every hunger pain remind you of the new you, you want to become. Be strong. Exercise, but don't focus too much on burning yourself out. The more calories you burn today, the more calories you can eat tomorrow, up to a limit. Remember, it is not one for one. Burn 10 calories today, you can eat one more tomorrow, up to a point. As far as going out with your boyfriend, he doesn't force you to eat. Try a vegetable appetizer and some raspberry tea, no entrée. Keep it fresh, keep it simple. Visualize. Pray and meditate. Then rejoice in the new you. Strut your stuff but keep your head, humble yourself, smile at the less fortunate. Smile at 'em all. You are the best you can be. You not an army of one, you are a woman. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3149 days ago
    It looks like you have a great plan! You could switch your packet of oatmeal to Old Fashioned oatmeal and add some sugar and blueberries. I've done that before and it is much more filling for the same amount of calories. You just have to microwave it a bit longer than the instant stuff.
    3149 days ago
    I agree -- the fresh, basic foods fill you up and are SOOOO much better for you.

    One motivational speaker said whenever you want a processed food snack - eat a vegetable or a fruit before you eat it. Usually this slows down the process. But if you are still hungry or want your snack -- then eat it afterwards.

    I didn't see any milk, no fat or soy or almond milk. I drink milk with my breakfast & lunch, it helps fill me up.

    Good luck and keep focused!
    3149 days ago
    I think that Skywatcherrs right. The same thing everyday for food is a lot like the same thing everyday for exercise. Your body gets used to it. Changing it up a little bit might give you the results you're looking for.
    3149 days ago
    How long have you been on your program? It does take some time and each person's body responds in a different time frame as well as in a different way. A lot of people see results immediately on the scale. A lot of people don't - instead of the scale dropping, they see inches dropping in their measurements. It just depends on your genetics and your biochemistry.

    The only thing that really struck me hard about your eating is A) the same thing every day may not be effective for you

    B) there are a lot of processed foods and shakes going on here.

    Shakes are fine as a supplement, but whenever possible you want to get your nutrients from real food.

    I see a piece of fruit here and there, a serving of carrots here and there, but for the most part you aren't eating many fruits or veggies. I don't see much in the way of whole grains. The pretzels, sherbet, and Cheez-its are full of sugars, chemicals and salt, so that's an issue, too. The yogurt has sugar in it, too, which doesn't help.

    I'd say your appetite may be raging because of the processed foods you're eating. They're full of hidden salt and sugar and chemicals designed to make you hungrier.

    You might try revamping your eating schedule to include more whole foods and less processed stuff.

    3149 days ago
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