I tried something new yesterday. Instead of consuming my normal 2174 calories per day, I consumed only 1850. I wanted to eat more, probably because I’m accustomed to it, but I have to admit that I didn’t feel hungry. I ended the day with 1500 then decided I didn’t have an excuse not to workout so I burned almost 600 calories and opted to eat Fage Greek Yogurt (and rice cakes) post workout which added to my caloric intake. My deficit for the day was still over 1600 which feels like a pretty solid win. Today I’ll save 150 calories or so for my post-workout snack. Progress, right?
It was eye-opening to realize that I may not need as many calories/points as I’ve been taking in lately. Counting points with Weight Watchers allows for more consumption based on our choices, but I learned that I can be satisfied with less than I thought.
I was totally satisfied (until my workout) consuming fewer calories. Does this mean I should limit myself to 1500 calories per day indefinitely? I’m not sure yet, but I’ll try it for the next several days and reevaluate. I’m also interested to see how much I can eat when I’m making wise food choices as opposed to having a pop tart as an evening snack.
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to turn my attention back to whole foods. I’ve permanently eliminated many of the processed foods that used to be part of my daily intake, but I’m ready for more. I want to start focusing on micro-nutrients in addition to the macro-nutrients that have been my focus all along. I have a lot to learn, but my mind and body feels ready for this challenge.
In other news, I gave myself a mani/pedi last night. It’s a great way to keep yourself busy when you want to snack instead. 😉 I used one of my all-time favorites for the first time in quite a while, “You Can’t Tappas This” by OPI.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. Wish me luck as I try to learn more about what I’m putting into my body everyday. Knowledge is power, right? I haven’t said this in a while, but it’s true…I want to be thin, but I want to be healthy too.