so, i like to think i “eat like a bird”, and i still maintain that i do. i eat a lot of nuts, seeds, greens, tomatoes, fish, and nibbly little things, like dates and olives. my diet mostly consists of whole foods and an occasional square of dark chocolate. i don’t eat sugar, i don’t drink soda, i don’t eat processed food, and i try to just stick with red wine, as far as alcohol is concerned.
all good, right?
yes, it’s all good, but i’ve realized that i still end up taking in more calories in a day than i should. i had NO IDEA until i started this “my fitness pal” thing.
take a look…www.myfitnesspal.com
it’s a real eye-opener, people. unless, oh maybe you don’t eat too much? maybe you’re not a grazer like i am? maybe you don’t peruse cookbooks while watching celebrity chefs, while eating lunch? i eat sleep and BREATHE food. actually, i don’t eat food nearly as much as i think about cooking, baking, reading or writing about food.
so, for my age and weight, if i want to lose weight, i have to consume no more than 1200 calories a day. if i burn calories, obviously the number goes up. which is why i’ve been hauling butt at the gym! the incentive: FOOD!!!
i still believe that it’s not how little food you’re eating that you should focus on ~ it’s really important to make sure that what you’re eating is fortifying your body. for instance, a handful of raw almonds is more than 200 calories! woah! but don’t stay away from them!!! they are SO filling, and so good for you.
i just didn’t realize how quickly it all would add up ~ yesterday, i hunkered down at a first watch to do some work and have breakfast. i picked a greek fetish omelet with potatoes, coffee, and a fresh-squeezed juice. 800 calories. excuse me? 800? i had 400 left for the rest of the day. YIKES! but i did pretty well. i ate my mimosa soup (79 calories for 2 cups) and snacked a little throughout the day, then had enough left for a glass of wine at night. but man ~ i’m wiped today. this is hard, y’all.
i’m just glad i found out why i’m not losing weight. i think this is going to do the trick.
anyone have any great weight-loss stories, complaints, tricks? please share!