Still Day 3 . . . 1,200 calories
Friday, July 13, 2018
I am really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts, opinions, and advice. Never thought I'd create a blog, but this is fun.
I am doing a poor job of staying around 500 calories. Today was 1,200 cals. However, I still haven't had any sugar or diet soda for a week now. Proud of that anyway.This reduced calorie thing is just temporary, till July 31. I really don't have to worry about feeling hungry. The last few years, I almost never get hungry. I get cravings, but not hunger. If I go too long without eating, I'll get low blood sugar (which rarely happens), then I'll eat something right away. As you will see later in the post, I am not torturing myself with this 500 cals/day eating. In fact, next Tuesday I am going to the Olive Garden for our monthly birthday dinner. The crafting group I am in has a monthly birthday dinner. Whomever is having the birthday chooses where we eat. So I have already gone on the Olive Garden site and looked over the nutritional values of all the dishes (wish I hadn't done that) ignorance truly is bliss sometimes). I already know what I am going to order. Their salad with low cal dressing, and minestrone soup. I think I will break down and cry over the breadsticks, so no one else can eat them either. Misery loves company.
VFAITHFUL1 gave me a great tip on how she calculates her daily caloric intake. She wrote "I use the amount of calories I will need at my ideal weight so I get used to those macros." I will be using her advice.
Several years ago, I started the process of eliminating and gaining control over my comfort foods and cravings. I'll use my #1 comfort food, ice cream, as an example. First, I became an ice cream snob. I stayed away from cheap brands, only bought the very best. Then stopped buying overly sweet flavors, mainly stayed with fruits. LOVE Bryer's peach ice cream, but can rarely find it. Then refused to buy any while doing my regular grocery shopping, if I wanted it bad enough, I'd have to make a special trip. Now if I really want some, instead of buying a whole carton (which would be gone in 48 hrs), I go to McDonald's and get a cone, or hot fudge sundae. I have done with all junk food. Most of the time the cravings hit at night after I have gotten ready for bed and too lazy to get dressed again. Oh, but occasionally I make the effort, just a couple weeks ago I made a trip to the grocery store (McDonald's was closed) at 1:30 a.m. And yes, the ice cream was gone in less than 48 hrs - TWO cartons. Hey, they were having a 2 for $4 sale.