Does Coffee Count as Breakfast?

Friday, December 02, 2011

Well. I haven't been on SparkPeople in 37 days according to my status setting. I haven't gained any weight but I also haven't lost anything.

My main problem is that I don't have enough money to buy food. I have to eat what I can, when I can. A lot of times it's leftovers from my boyfriend's mom's house. I'm not getting enough vegetables because of this. Mainly, my only meal of the day is dinner because that's when I can get leftovers or my boyfriend gets me dinner. I think my body is holding onto everything because most days I get two meals a day, no snacks in between. I usually eat oatmeal in the morning (you can buy it at the Dollar Store...believe it or not) and then nothing again until dinner. Unless for some reason I have leftover leftovers from dinner the night before. Then I eat the leftovers from the night before for lunch and dinner the next day depending on how much there is. Sometimes, it's just random things I find in the apartment to eat. I'm not tracking the food because I don't feel like it's enough to actually matter. It's just trail mix (another Dollar Store find), or a piece of pizza from last week. For those of you who don't know...pizza lasts for-freaking-ever!

I guess I stopped getting on SP because I can't figure out what to do. I don't know if I should work out as much as I was or what. They say you should burn 500 calories more than you are taking in but if you are only taking in 1000 calories should you still burn 500? That would leave me with a daily caloric count of 500. That sounds incredibly unhealthy.

Because I'm not eating as well as I was I don't feel like working out. I feel like working out isn't really helping if I can't eat properly. The silver lining in all of this is that I haven't gained weight back!

Anyway, I thought blogging about this could help me get back into the swing of SPeopling.
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    I would cut back on cardio and lift weights. You'll lose inches more than pounds but it's the best way to change your body. I hope you get the food situation figured out soon. Eggs are cheap, in season fruit, and nuts are healthy fat and protein.
    3334 days ago
    What Lorilee mentioned about a banana, sometimes fresh veggies and fruit, if in season, can be extremely inexpensive.

    And I don't know if it's an option where you are, but some places have food pantries - places that can provide a box or bag of basic groceries to help out. Food stamps may seem embarrassing, but better than than damaging the body with malnutrition.
    3334 days ago
    I got a banana for 17 cents for my snack at work tonight.

    It's good to see you blogging again!

    We don't work together again until Sunday the 11th! I'll miss you!
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    3335 days ago
    Your tracking is way too sparse for me to be able to make specific suggestions. Coffee can certainly be breakfast. It is my breakfast most mornings. The notion that breakfast is some magical meal is ridiculous. Meal frequency and timing is also ridiculous and those that say otherwise have not done their homework. So with all of that said, rest your fears. You're not tracking, so it's impossible to determine the precise reason, but much of it probably has to do with the fact that you're consuming more calories than you think.

    Diet to lose weight, exercise to feel good.

    You can eat reasonably well on next to nothing. Beans, rice and eggs are some of the cheapest, healthiest eats around. A bag of rice lasts for freakin' ever too. hehe. Put a can of beans over rice and you have a meal for less than a buck.
    3335 days ago
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