Today was super busy with running kids to and from school/college, dental and eye appointments, dance class, and errands. I got in lots of walking, but no formal exercise (yet). This is the time I am glad to have a (mostly completed) home gym where I can go bike for a bit once my little one is in bed.
I logged my food again today with these results:
170 g carbs (43%)
88 g protein (22%)
62 g fat (35%)
Once again I feel the carbs are too high; 88 grams of that total came from two items: some poppy seed dressing that had no label but turned out to be loaded with sugar when I looked it up later, and half a cupcake. Aside from those two things I would have had carbs well under 100 today.
Breakfast was a low carb high protein shake and black coffee. For lunch I had leftover sloppy joe meat and beans over salad. Snacks were a protein bar, a few peanuts, and an iced Americano with a splash of half and half. Dinner was a huge spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, red onions, mozzarella cheese, and bacon bits.
So now, I am trying to figure out: if I am eating about 1500 calories a day, is my carb level enough to make me *not* lose any weight? Of course I am thinking about this because of the (awesome and interesting) comments on my last couple of posts. Is 170, or 150, or 130 grams of carbs a day going to keep me from losing weight even at 1500 calories (or less)? If I ate the same 1500 calories a day but kept my carbs at 120 or 100 or 70, would the weight start falling off? Would it have to be lower, say 50 or even 20 grams of carbs a day? Does the source of these carbs matter at all? What if my stats today were the same but instead of carbs from dressing and a cupcake, they came from fruit? Or oatmeal? Or brown rice? Would it matter?
It strikes me that I was eating an insane amount of carbs before... way back before the blog. A whole pizza? Whole bags of chips and cookies? An entire bowl of brownie batter?? How many carbs are even IN that amount of food?? I used to eat several candy bars at a time. As a SNACK. I ate very little protein and probably NO "healthy" fat at all back then. I wonder if my carbs were over 1000 grams some days, when I was binge eating at my worst. I think I was killing myself. I am serious about that. I might be dead by now if I had kept that up. I would surely be diabetic... and over 350 pounds. I wonder what that kind of eating did to my internal organs... my system.
Anyway, obviously I look over my stats and regret the half cupcake. I am not destroyed over it, though. It is part of the process. My hope is that as I continue tracking, I will become more aware and make better choices regarding carbs and fat as they come into my path. I think as I review my stats each day I will see my mistakes and think of what I might have done differently, and I will get better at this week by week. At some point I will hit a carb level that *works* for energy and weight loss, and that's what I will stick with.
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