It's Sunday again and time for my weekly weigh-in. I also wanted to update my thoughts on my "diet" (aka eating plan or "eating lifestyle.") I asked on Friday's post for people to leave a comment stating which diet they think would be best for me to follow. Someone who I won't name decided to chastise me via email for "making this into a contest. You should be able to pick a plan that is best for you YOURSELF instead of asking strangers to pick for you." Okay... well let me clarify. Like I said in the post, I know whole foods are best. I also said that I need to follow my endocrinologist's recommendations of limiting starchy, sugary, high carb foods. But just doing those things is not enough for me to lose weight. I have to take it a step further and *restrict* in some manner. Just going by my appetite is not working. And I have felt very resistant to restriction over the past year or two, simply because I have restricted *so much* over the last decade (by counting calories, or eating from a restricted food list, or cutting out entire categories of food.) I have felt like restriction led to food obsession and I don't want to go there again. That's why I asked for input: I know a few things that might work, but I am lacking the desire and commitment to do them. So I listed them here:
A. calorie counting
C. Medifast/Wonderslim (shakes all day and a measured meat/veggie low carb dinner)
D. something else... what?
I need to commit to something, just like I committed to this bike ride across America. Sometimes, all I need to do is make a promise in a public place, like this. I promised I would ride 3,035 miles and would try to finish it by next August. that is enough motivation for me to actually DO it. The next step is to make a commitment to some kind of diet, and since I was being flaky and wishy washy about picking something and DOING it, I wanted that feedback. I said I would do what the majority thinks is best. So far, that looks like calorie counting. Not my favorite thing, but I will do it.
This week I have been eating higher carb and unhealthier choices... and lots of juice and soup because I have a head cold. I am starting to feel better today. I weighed in at 243 pounds, up a pound from last week.
Today I am prepping my vegetables for the week. I am so blessed to have access to fresh, local, mostly organic produce! My CSA box keeps me focused (this week I got plums, cucumbers, carrots, apples, tomatoes, kale, and green beans) and my friends also share their gardens with me (lots of Roma and cherry tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and lettuce!) I have some beautiful heads of lettuce freshly picked this morning; they're soaking in the sink and will be getting torn and put into my salad spinner for prepped salads later this week. Tonight's dinner will be a vegetable soup with most of the CSA box veggies in it plus some onions, garlic, and ground beef.
If I end up calorie counting I am not really sure where to start as far as calorie levels goes. I know what my metabolic testing said two years ago (between 1152 and 1440 calories/day plus 30 minutes of exercise/day to lose weight). I know my endocrinologist suggests 1100 calories/day plus 30 minutes of exercise/day. The online calculators generally give me a LOT more calories (around 2200 cal/day to lose a pound a week). And I also know that when I successfully counted calories and biked before, I ate 1800/day in the beginning and had to cut down to 1500/day as I lost... and then stalled on 1500/day. So who knows. I think for the first week I will just track everything and get a baseline with no junk, and see what the scale does. I can change my calorie level to get results as time goes on. (Again, if you have a suggestion re: calories, please leave me a comment).
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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