I love getting comments and hearing people's opinions on what I am doing. I often get new perspective when I read what other people 'see' on my blog. It's also interesting because, as I have noted before, people's suggestions and thoughts are sometimes polar opposites. It ranges from "you are eating way too much, cut your calories/fat/carbs" to "you are not eating enough, increase your calories/protein/fat" all in the same day! I would drive myself crazy if I tried to follow every suggestion, so I just put all the info into my knowledge bank along with the personal knowledge I have of myself and my body, and I tweak my plan as needed in order to get results.
But results may be things other than weight loss, sometimes. Weight loss IS the main goal, but alongside that is the goal of better health. I wanted to *feel* better, have more energy, get rid of the headaches and the general crappy feeling... and I think I have met that goal as of right now. Another goal was to get off the carbohydrate crazy train of wanting cake and chips and bread, giving in 'just a little bit', and then giving in a LOT and ending up feeling awful and seeing the scale go up. It is HARD to get off the sugar/grains, at least for me. I knew it was possible because I did it when I was on Medifast and I felt pretty good. The cravings and hunger went away for the most part. But I never had great energy on that plan. Now, my cravings are mostly gone, I feel satisfied, and my energy and mood is very good. The main difference between Medifast and how I am eating now is that the amount of fat I eat now is much higher and the carbs are significantly lower. But eating this way I do *not* have the physical cravings for sugar. Oh, my brain goes there sometimes and wants it, but not that often. Yesterday at a birthday party I turned down cake and ice cream *even though* I had kept my carbs low so that if I really wanted a few bites of ice cream, I could have it. But I didn't want it. And now that I feel so much better, I really don't *want* sweets and junk and bread and other things that will get my carbs too high and make me feel lousy again. Make sense?
Anyway, I am 99% sure from my own past history that I am not eating too few calories at 1200-1300. I am sure the answer here is not to *increase* calories, because I did that from March of this year until last month and look where it got me. I was eating more calories, which at first brought me a 15 pound gain and then months and months of maintaining, even when I went grain free. I think my body is just super adept at adjusting its burn rate based on what I eat. Otherwise, how on earth could I eat 3000-5000 calories a day for so long and maintain at 278? I should have been 400 pounds the way I was eating. And yet I can eat 1000 calories a day on Medifast and generally only lost 7 pounds a month. My body is good at adjusting, that's for sure.
Anyway, I'm taking it slow, staying in this range until I see if it gets me some weight loss, and staying focused on keeping my carbs low, staying grain free, improving the quality of my fats and protein, and sticking with the strength training. I'm also focused on healing my feet. I have been taking too many NSAIDS for way too long for my arthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis (hey that rhymes!) and decided to get off them. I was already taking turmeric and last week added a good quality wild salmon oil twice a day for inflammation. It is really helping, along with staying off my feet to let them heal. My arthritis pain is also nearly gone, so I think this is going to work for me.
Dinner tonight is going to be a homemade butternut squash soup. The squash, onion, and garlic are all locally grown... I got them from the Farmer's Market. I love this soup; I use this recipe which is simple and fantastic. The only thing I may adjust is the addition of fat free half and half at the end of the recipe. I think I will use a smaller amount of real half and half instead. I know butternut squash is not exactly low in carbs, so I will use the recipe calculator to decide how much soup I can have without putting my carbs too high. I will probably have some chicken breast with it.
Enjoy your weekend!
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