Saturday, February 10, 2018

Eating More


This has been an interesting week, eating-wise. I've noticed that as the months go by on phentermine (over 5 months now) the volume of food I am eating has started to go up and up. At first, I was eating *very* little during the day... usually coffee in the morning, a Greek yogurt mid-day, and then a smallish dinner... all low carb. I've gradually had more of an appetite. Or maybe it's just certain times of the month, or when I am a bit stressed or overwhelmed, and I feel like eating more often. At any rate, that hasn't hurt my weight loss so far (-8, -8, -7, and -9 the last four months) but I am wary of it starting to slow things down.

I am probably eating closer to 1200 calories a day now, which is actually more realistic for the long run. I do think I'll keep losing weight if I am consistent with the *regular* exercise... which I have not been (yet). The weather's getting nicer for walks and yard work, but I really need to stop procrastinating the bike riding. I always feel so much better when I get into a routine, so why am I so resistant? I always have been.

This week I ate a lot more variety. I've added hot oat bran cereal with cinnamon and peanut butter to my diet, which I really enjoy. I've had a few keto sweets and breads, half of an actual (non-low-carb) biscuit with chicken and gravy, sausage patties with eggs, a bit more cheese than is probably mentally sound, and a couple sessions of Pizza Hut garlic Parmesan chicken wings. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Okay, the cheese was a bit much, and the wings should be a once-in-awhile choice just based on nutrition. But if I can manage to lose weight and eventually maintain while eating more of a variety of foods, that's going to make things much easier over the next several decades. But I also don't want to kid myself here and think those foods are ideal for health. Maybe it's time to start implementing my plan of "if I am hungry, add more vegetables." That's no doubt the wiser thing to do.

So let's get wise, and motivated, and more active. And thinner!

11 comments:

LHA said...

You've had such wonderful success. This is the spot where it just gets a little harder. We have all been there, some of us (me) many times. You have the right ideas, and that is the first step. I personally hate exercise but it really does help in the difficult times. I am not sure it is the calories burned, but for me maybe just the adherence to a routine or some feeling of accomplishment. The key to me in losing or maintaining is to know that some days (or weeks) are going to go awry. It's what you do most of the time that counts. I'm still working on it, but my goal is to save the higher calorie/carb foods for special occasions. Nevertheless, there are some days that by the end of the day I have to just chalk it up and say "Well, no weight is going to be lost today," It's the getting back with it, not letting a few bad days ruin months of hard work, and just plodding along one day at a time that has seemed to work for me. Best of luck!!

Anonymous said...

So did you gain this week?

Lyn said...

Thanks LHA!

Anon~

No, not yet anyway. Official weigh in tomorrow.

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

Exercise is really your friend. You cannot take phenternine forever but you can exercise forever in some format, it’s the key to lifelong maintence and more importantly health! I just don’t get the resistance to it . Do you have any idea where that came from?

Lyn said...

Frenchy~

It was never part of my life as a child, teen, young adult. Never part of the lives of anyone close to me. I think I wrote a "history of exercise" post some time ago about that... but that's no reason not to start exercising as an adult. I just hate it.

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

Maybe you haven’t found your thing... I love to run and go to the gym and walk I have always loved so I just don’t get it but maybe dancing or something so you will enjoy it. Here’s an idea: commit to trying one new exercise per week! My personal “class” favorite us aquafit st the local pool! No one can see what you are doing under the water and they have a sauna for after. It’s a great entry to fun classes too. I also didn’t do a lot of sports as a kid but in high school we had to do a running section and I got hooked. I’ve exercised at 123lbs all the way to 210. It’s more fun lighter I think but I really encourage you to ditch your old beliefs and try some things with an open mind.

Anonymous said...

I don't enjoy formal exercise either, so I took up a few more strenuous hobbies. Or perhaps you can find a great book to get into and only allow yourself to read it on the exercise bike. People do go overboard with their gym memberships and running for miles (body abuse!) when they don't have much else going on in their personal lives. I see it in my single/childfree coworkers. I am a bit older and have developed a fuller home life so I would rather spend my time cuddling my hubbie or my grands, planting flowers around my home, etc. Find your groove within the life you have. If that means a 20 minute bike/book session a few times a week, so be it!

Anonymous said...

If you're active enough in your daily life, you don't have to exercise. Try a step counter, just make sure you are up and active.

Anonymous said...

Frenchy, I love what you wrote. I'm going to look for some new (for me) exercise options and classes. Thank you!
Susie

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous @ 9:26 A.M.:

I have a number of friends who are triathletes and most of them have spouses and children. They dedicate an hour or more each day to exercising even if that means running before the kids wake up, swimming on their lunch break, or getting a ride in after the kids are asleep. Making exercise a priority doesn't mean you don't have a life or aren't making time for your family. The triathletes that I know who are the most dedicated tend to have families. Sometimes the spouses and kids get into it too. I think it's the support that keeps most people going.

MaryFran said...

Starting an exercise routine is always the hardest...it seems so intrusive on the ‘routines’ and ‘habits’. But it is so worth it....so I...I mean you, lol, need to do it!! (We both need to do it!!)