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Day 26: Dealing with my diet, not di-et

Friday, May 03, 2013

Ok, so this is really a 2 day blog, day, 25&26. One of this week's challenge for the BLC 18 is to write about a day in the life of my stomach, 3x. I didn't get to post yesterday so I am going to post it here, but first a little bit of info as to explain what I have been eating these last two days.

So Sunday I was really bad, had half of a large Pizza Hut pizza, their new crazy crust pizza with little pockets of cheese. Well that turned into well over 1000 calories. Not just that but a few days after that I found myself munching on pretzel rods dipped in peanut butter, not good. See, I weigh myself everyday. I know you're not supposed to but for me its more motivational. I see the number either staying the same or going down, so I know what I am doing is working and to keep it up and not quit. Now this week I have been gaining weight! THE HORROR!!! So desperate not to see a gain at my weigh in I have drastically cut my calories for these last 2 days, 630 calories on day 25 and 980 today, day 26.

So without further delay, here is a day in the life of my belly!

Day 25:
This day was bad, as in going back to my old habits, somewhat.
Water for breakfast, later had 2 cups coffee with half a cup of skim milk.
Lunch was a cup of sliced strawberries mixed with half a cup of Daisy 2% cottage cheese. Daisy because it has no preservatives or chemicals and only natural ingredients.
Actually had a snack and that was 2 cups of sliced carrots.
Dinner was 2.6 ounces of grilled chicken with a cup of asparagus risotto made with organic vegetable broth.

Day 26:
Breakfast was my typical banana tropical fruit smoothie, which is a banana with half a cup frozen mango mix : mango, pineapple, strawberry; half a cup skim milk and 4 ice cubes. Also had 2 cups coffee with half a cup skim milk.
Lunch was a Healthy Choice meal, Pumpkin Ravioli.
Dinner was 3.6 ounces grilled chicken with 1 cup of asparagus risotto.
Dessert/After Dinner snack was just one square of Lindt 85% Cacoa extra dark chocolate, which was the lowest % of chocolate I could find with no soy in it.

I know I am missing pictures but hopefully tomorrow I will be able to take pictures of my food and upload them.
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    I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned this yet, and I'm only sharing it because I'm worried and want to see you should never *ever* drop below 1200 calories a day without being monitored by a professional (doctor or registered dietician). This shocks your body into thinking it is not going to get enough fuel in the future (because it's not getting enough fuel in the present), and so it slows your metabolism waaaay down so it can hang onto more fat to use as fuel since it's predicting it won't get enough fuel from external sources. You *can* lose weight with extreme calorie restriction...but only at first, and it *will* come back to bite you in the butt once your metabolism slows down. So when you go back to eating more calories, since your metabolism is slower, you will either lose at a slower rate or you will gain at a calorie level that you were previously losing at.

    Honestly, in weight loss attempts past I would drop down below 1,000 because I didn't know any better. I figured the fewer calories, the better! But I learned your body *needs* those calories to perform basic functions. I know anorexia is when there's extreme calorie restriction for a more extended period of time than just the two days you described, but there's a reason sometimes people die from complications from anorexia. Dropping so low is just so not good for you. :-(

    Please take care of yourself!!! You deserve to be happy and at a healthy weight...and you deserve to get there in a healthy way, that will help you stay there for the long term. :-)
    1817 days ago
    Don't sweat the pizza... just focus on how good you feel after the good meals and soon you will crave them instead. Progress doesn't happen overnight, it takes time to change our taste buds. emoticon
    1817 days ago
    Please don't ever skip breakfast again. When you log your food on spark, it will show the proper proportion of vital nutrients, fat, protein and carbohydrates. Eating a bit of protein and healthy fat with each meal or snack will keep you satisfied longer and help prevent binges!

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    1817 days ago
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