Monday, January 5, 2009
Apparently I'm not so good at putting together a menu plan. The very thought of it sort of makes me want to go back to bed. As a result, I am going to have to set my goals on a daily basis. I can handle a day or two out for planning dinners for my kids, but not for planning 3 meals, plus snacks, for dieting little me. Overwhelming.
I seem to do much better if I simply give myself a whole bunch of ideas of what I can have or make to eat, and then choose from that list as I go. Then it's just counting calories and fat. It's EASY to set a limit as to the amount of calories I'll allow myself. There are counters all over the internet to help you figure out how many calories you can eat per day if you want to lose weight when you're 47, 221.5 pounds and not terribly active. My daily caloric limit is between 1200 and 1500. I give myself a range because I want to stay closer to 1200, but won't throw in the towel the day I have 1500 instead.
I would love to be able to take advantage of appetite suppressants or other little miracles that will help me along the way. But the truth is, they don't exist. Oh sure, there are meds out there to control appetite and lower your body's fat absorption rate. But the reality of these meds is that when you go OFF of them, it's like your body loses control -- like a damn breaking loose -- and you will you put weight back on, in spades. I speak from experience. I have tried phentermine, meridia and topomax. I am convinced that these prescriptions contributed to the weight that I put on in the last 3 years. I wouldn't take them again if you PAID me. They are bad news, bad for your system, and give you a false sense of control. No, it's got to be just you and you alone that does the work here.
That said, you can see from my header that I am down another 1/2 pound. Yay!!! I didn't eat a lot yesterday, and I know from everything I have read and heard about diets that you need to eat pretty regularly if you want the weight to come off. Go figure!
So, I ended up eating only about 900 calories. I actually measured (with a measuring cup) my spaghetti noodles and my meat sauce. That's not like me at all. Sheeesh! Anyway, I did it so I could keep an accurate calorie count. I skipped the bread. Boo hoo. And the other foods I had during the day were all "snacky" type foods. Not a great habit to get into, so I will work on that.
I also got on the treadmill and walked the 2 miles I committed to . It took me 37 minutes at a 3.3 to 3.5 mph range. I was tired and really wanted to quit at a mile, but I knew I would have to come back and report that here, so I stayed on. Hahaha. Good for me!
Okay. My goals for today: 12oo calories. 2 miles on the treadmill. And...... I'm thinking I would like to try and get in the pool and swim for about 20 minutes. Thank goodness no one will be around to see that!!!! I think I might even have a 2x swimming suit -- thanks to my mom and sis. I'll let you know how that goes . . .
Have a wonderful day. May the angels follow you around and keep you safe.