Sunday, January 17, 2010

Three Pounds

I GAINED 3 pounds! I wasn't careful enough about what I was eating when I got stressed out recently. I ate junk for two days and I made excuses every time I put something in my mouth that didn't belong there. A chip or two there, a cookie, a few chocolate pretzels, and three pounds hopped onto my body. Honestly, I saw that and wanted to give up. Even though I made positive changed things like making a salad as one of my meals, and adding fish to my diet, gaining felt like it canceled out the good stuff too. Then I thought about it and it's giving me more motivation to lose all this weight! Anger usually translates to motivation in my world and I am angry with myself today.

I also need to start drinking more water. I HATE water! Those diet water flavors gross me out w/the diet sugar taste. Actually, I hate water that's not ice cold. I may have to invest in a filter, stock up on ice cubes, and/or keep a few water bottles in the icebox. Anything that makes it easier keeps me from making excuses or bad food choices.

I'm also going to put more effort into my workouts since I've been only half-hearted on that aspect. I need to just jump in and be committed and do everything all at once. No more easing into it bit by bit. THREE POUNDS!!!! *Sighs*

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

That Many Calories? Really?

I've been reading a lot of other bloggers who are on weight loss journeys in hopes I'll learn things that I'm currently clueless about.  One of those bloggers is JewliaGoulia who mentioned calorie intake causing a body go into starvation mode.  I would have never thought of this! So this is what the information says from the information I put in on the Women's Nutrition Guide

Your results for the Women's Nutrition Guide Calorie Calculator
These results will help you to know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight, and the number of calories needed per day to achieve your goal weight in a healthy, steady manner.
You need 2303.7 calories per day to maintain your current weight without exercise. (Oh heck no!)
You need 1920.8 calories per day to reach your goal weight slowly and maintain that weight without exercise.
If you reduce your current caloric intake to 1803.7 calories per day you will lose one pound per week without exercise.
If you increase your current caloric intake to 2803.7 calories per day, you will gain one pound per week.
Exercise and Calorie Needs
If you exercise for 30 minutes each day, you may increase your caloric intake to 2567.5 calories per day and still maintain your current weight.

If you exercise for 60 minutes each day, you may increase your caloric intake to 2897.3 calories per day to maintain your current weight.
If you exercise for 30 minutes each day, you will be able to reach your goal weight with 2138.6 calories per day.
If you exercise for 60 minutes each day, you will be able to reach your goal weight with 2411 calories per day.

The United States Department of Agriculture suggests that approximately 50 percent of your calories come from carbohydrates, about 30 percent from fats, and approximately 20 percent from protein sources. One gram of protein has about four calories, one gram of fat has about nine calories, and one gram of carbohydrate has about four calories.
You need 288 grams of carbohydrates, 76 grams of fat, and 115.2 grams of protein per day for 2303.7 calories to maintain your weight of 235 pounds.
You need 240.1 grams of carbohydrates, 63.4 grams of fat, and 96 grams of protein per day for 1920.8 calories to maintain your goal weight of 145 pounds.
(I prefer a diet closer to what diabetics use. Carbs love sticking with me & I have a family history of diabetes.)
This is SO interesting to me and makes total sense when put like that.  I would've absolutely gone into starvation mode and given up completely when my body didn't melt off the pounds. Now I have a better foundation when I look at all the numbers on nutritional labels! 

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 1 The Continuation

Weigh in at 8:30am to assess the damage as we begin twenty-ten: 235 *sighs*  Up 3 pounds from 2 days ago.

That's what I get for gorging on garbage foods the past few days before New Years. I feel so gross right now and my kid can have whatever left overs are in there. Blech.  The problem will be the chips & crackers and moderation.  Already I want to say I'll start tomorrow so I can eat crap today! Oh willpower where are you?

Getting fit wasn't a New Years resolution since I've been trying for a while, but I knew the holidays would be pointless.  I cannot be early in the weight loss process and have big holidays with food I love and pies to cook.  So I still kept some of my  smaller portions, eat a healthy breakfast, etc.  Today is the first time I've seen a gain of anything.  I guess that means it's the right time to jump back on the wagon!

Here I go!