Category Archives: Calories

A Major Change

After a post I wrote earlier this week, I had to face some real feelings and thoughts, and while it’s not easy to share them, I’m going to.  Here’s where I stand (and where I’ve been standing longer than I care to admit) right now.  I feel stuck.  I weigh 12 pounds less right now than I did at the beginning of the year, but it has been far too long since I made substantial progress.

I’m not discounting the fact that I exercise like a champ on a consistent basis…nor am I belittling the fact that I’ve managed to maintain my 100 pound loss.  These are both incredible things, and I’m damn proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.  That said, I’m not happy with where I am now.  My eating habits need to change, and they need to change now.

As I write this post, I’ve just successfully completed the first day of a personal challenge that I hope will spring board me into weight-loss once again.  I’ve counted calories all day, and I’m ending the day having consumed 1,474 calories (most of which came from fruit, veggies, egg whites and other lean proteins.)   My workout today included 30 minutes on the elliptical (easing back into it after being off for a month) and a strength workout for my arms followed by 5 minutes on the treadmill.

You can't really tell that I was sweating buckets, but I was...And I like it that way.

People say that weight-loss is easy, but those people often miss the point.  I’ve lost 100 pounds.  I know how to eat, but sometimes I find it extraordinarily difficult to convince myself that it’s a good idea.  That’s the hard part, at least for me, so I’ve decided to eat about 1,300 calories on rest days and no more than 1,500 calories on workout days.  I’ll listen to my body and do my best to adjust, but I think this is a healthy and realistic window that will yield good results.

I like the gym, and  I like exercising outside when the weather allows it.  I love to sweat, and I love to feel my heart pumping because it makes me feel strong and capable and athletic.  Now it’s time to reintroduce healthy eating into my everyday life.  And I’ve decided that for the next 30 days (probably longer, but this is my initial commitment) I’m going to track my caloric intake.   I made a difficult and bitter decision to leave Weight Watchers shortly after they unveiled the new PointsPlus plan over a year ago, but I never fully committed to counting calories.  What can I say?  That was then, and this is now.  I’m going to try again.

I realize that counting points and calories both work as long as you do it consistently, but I’ve been fighting with myself over the last few months to figure out how I can make PointsPlus work for me.  I’ve posted several times about modifying the program to work for me by counting fruits, tracking EVERYTHING through the recipe builder, etc.  But the fact is that  a successful day in my WW tracker looks like about 2,400 calories, and that’s far too many.

I’ve wanted to believe that I could make PointsPlus work because I love the support of the meetings, and even more so because I feel so indebted to Weight Watchers for what the helped me achieve in losing the first 100 pounds.  I also adored my first leader in New York, Jen, and my current leader, Penny.  I’m also completely infatuated with David Kirchhoff, the most handsome, friendly and witty CEO of all time.  (Swoon.)   But the fact is that, I’ve complicated the new program so much in my head just to make it work at least a little bit, that the simplicity of calorie counting has been a relief today.  I’m not saying goodbye to Weight Watchers.  I’m just trying something new to see how it compares.

Day one of calorie counting was a success...

I’m tracking my intake through SparkPeople for a couple of reasons…First, because I like the people I know behind SparkPeople.  You all know Coach Nicole now, right?  She doesn’t know I’ve crossed over to the calorie counting side yet, but she will soon.  😉  And secondly, I love the SparkPeople iPhone app!  It’s fantastic!  In addition to tracking my caloric intake, I can also track my workouts.  I can even get specific with my strength exercises, weights and reps.  I’m in love with this app, and I like that it’s free.

So this is where I am.  I’m starting over again because it seems like the right thing to do.  And I’ve said before that I’ll restart as often as it takes.  It’s better than throwing in the towel or refusing to face the fact that I’ve become complacent with food, right?  Anyway, I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere…But I’d like to see my excess weight flee the scene, and I’m hoping that this big change in my routine will do the trick.

What’s the bigger challenge for you?  Food or exercise?  Do you track your calories everyday?  Do you track you intake at all?

 

 

I May Not be Perfect, But…

Have you ever had a day (or a week) in which it seems like everything that could go wrong goes wrong?  Yeah…I’d guess I’m not the only one.  And last night, after everything seemed to calm down, I made the choice to eat more than I should.  I recognized what I was doing after only a few minutes, and that’s when I phoned a friend.  Actually, I sent Kelly a text which basically said I’m on the verge of eating too much, and she called almost immediately.

I had already eaten more than I should have, but it could have been much worse.  When we spoke, I stopped eating crap, started drinking water and vowed to go and exercise until I didn’t feel like eating anymore, and I went.

After finishing 5 miles on the ellpitical and drinking a gallon of water, I forgave myself.  And I’m feeling pretty pleased about the choice I made the push the junk food aside and hit the gym. Sure, I shouldn’t have eaten junk food.  And yes, I regretted it almost immediately, but I was reminded by a good friend who has definitely been there that the best time to get back on track is right now.  I did that, and I’m going to feel a lot better about myself today than I would have otherwise.

I may not be perfect, but I’m awesome.  And Kelly is awesome too….

 

A Fun Fact and Some Other Stuff

In my last post I asked how much weight each of you had lost, and when I added the numbers up I found that we’ve lost over 3,000 pounds! Adding the responses I received on twitter, we’ve lost over 3,500 pounds!  Am I the only one who finds that mind-blowing?  The nation is full of people who wish they could lose weight; the blogosphere is full of people who are doing it. 

In other news, today is weigh-in day. I know that I should see a loss this week because I’ve tracked my caloric intake and worked out really hard.  I’ve also heard that I look smaller three times this week!  But I don’t feel thinner so I’m curious about what I’ll see on the scale this afternoon.

Counting calories is going well.  I’ve adjusted pretty quickly.  I’ve been losing slowly and steadily since the beginning of the year, but I miss the tips, the friendship and the support that comes from weekly meetings so regardless of the scale’s numbers, I plan to return to Weight Watchers next week.

I plan to continue counting calories for now though I realize that being around people who count points will likely cause me to want to count points again, but I’ll cross that bridge later.  After all, the method isn’t nearly as important as consistency with one method.

I just want to see the numbers continue to move down.  I need it, and this week, I deserve it.

More Questions About PointsPlus

My weight stayed the same last week, and while I can think of reasons for this (you know what I”m saying, right ladies?) I’m disappointed because I thought I’d see a substantial loss.  I really need a dependable scale, but I’m doing my best with what I have now.  And I look forward to attending Weight Watchers meetings again (at least to weigh in) in the next few weeks and at least bi-weekly after that.

I still feel good about counting calories, but I miss the support and encouragement I shared and received at weekly meetings.  And every time I see a commercial, I feel a little bitter about PointsPlus.  I wrote a post last month asking WW members how they felt about PointsPlus.  A few said they love the new program,  many said they disliked it and many were undecided because they started just prior to the holidays.  I’d like to know how it’s going a month later so I’ll ask the same questions again:

So Weight Watchers friends…

Are you losing weight at the rate you were before? 
Are you happy with the results?
Do you feel like zero point fruits is helpful or harmful?
Has your points allowance changed yet? If so, by how much?
Are you calculating activity points acurately?
Is it as easy as Momentum?  Easier?  

As I said before, I do know the plan basics, but I’d like to know how it’s working for you.  I’ll attend weigh-ins again regularly regardless, but I want to hear your opinions…Should I give PoinsPlus another chance or should I be satisfied with my success in counting calories?

In other news, Congrats to Melanie for winning last week’s challenge! Melanie, please e-mail me to receive your copy of Kim Kardashian’s Look Good in Your Jeans by Friday!

Trying Something New

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. 

And because I’m usually freezing, I painted my toes with socks on…hehe..Sometimes a girl has to be practical. Right?

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.