So yesterday, I did track my food. I generally track calories one or two days a week just to remind myself of portion sizes and quantities and how they add up, but it's not something I like to do on a daily basis. I know when I track, I tend to eat a bit less just because I am measuring and aware. I also know the last 2 weeks I have let more junk into my diet... not a lot in quantities or frequency, but enough to stall my weight loss. Just cutting the junk out and having a moderately active lifestyle is enough for me to lose a couple pounds a month; I am hoping that by tracking my activity with the FitBit and being more aware, I will move more (just like I eat less when I track calories) and the weight loss will speed up a bit. It sure can't hurt my fitness level, either.
Yesterday as a "lazy day" baseline, I logged 6113 steps, 11 flights of stairs, and 19 "active minutes" (which was yard work and a brisk walk with the dog). We didn't go anywhere so all the steps were logged at home. It was a restful day, so I think hitting 9,000 or so most days, like I used to when I used my pedometer, won't be too hard. I'll try to increase it from there.
My eating yesterday was also baseline and typical of how I've been eating the last few weeks:
Breakfast: Cherry Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries
Lunch: a piece of gluten-free sausage lasagna and a Fuji apple, iced tea
Snack: Coke zero and microwave buttered popcorn
Dinner: a baked chicken leg quarter with baked sweet potato topped with butter, some roasted broccoli, and fresh cantaloupe
Snack: corn chips with mango salsa
Later snack: chocolate pudding with whipped cream
I see the good (veggies, fruit, protein) and the bad (sugar, chips, and yes, a return last week to diet soda, which I hadn't had in ages). Total for the day was 1486 calories.
This morning I had a cup of tea with milk and sugar (another thing I need to cut back out). I fried some Polish sausage in a pan with cubed, leftover sweet potato and roasted broccoli, and then topped the hash with a fried egg. This was my breakfast with a side of cantaloupe. A good start to another healthy day!
**Edited to add what else I ate today, since I decided to track again:
Lunch: Starbucks green tea latte, no syrup, with corn chips and mango salsa
Dinner: leftover chicken quarter with roasted broccoli and cantaloupe, iced tea
Snacks: Pineapple coconut Greek yogurt, dark chocolate
Total for today: 1380 calories. 6142 steps.
I have company coming for a couple of weeks and we'll be going on a few trips out of town (maybe the beach!). I'm also enjoying my daughter's dance recitals and we'll probably be sending our foster puppy to his forever home soon. Life's good... now to make it a bit more healthy!
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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