Thursday, 8 November 2007

Day 172

I've been having a somewhat disruptive week and not recording my food as diligently as I'm in the habit of doing. Unconsciousness around food is dangerous for me because it leads right back into poor choices and overeating. My exercise and water have also gone off kilter. :(

B- 480
250 yogurt - 245
1 slice of wheat bread - 135
1 tsp butter - 40
1 banana - 60

L - 434
250 yogurt - 245
45 g goji balls - 189

D - 409
52 g goat cheese - 204
3 cups of spinach - 30
1 slice wheatbread - 135
1 tsp. butter - 40

Calories - 1323
Exercise - 0
H2O - 24 oz


  1. Hi there. You left some advice on storing photos for me some time back. I've since come across your blog on fellow blog-members, but can't remember exactly who.

    I'll pop across to see you from time to time! Cheers.

  2. I gave up on counting calories after three months of not losing weight.

    The easy way to lose weight is to STAY HUNGRY. If you are hungry and you are not eating much, you will lose weight. Anything else is not guaranteed.

  3. Hey, Nona - I wonder if the change of seasons makes slipping a little easier. I know I had my summer eating habits down pat, but now that some stuff has gone out of season and the cooler weather is here, I'm having to find my way again... Just keep keeping track. I think you will know when you're doing something that doesn't work almost immediately that way.

  4. Oooooh, sorry Iron man, can't agree with you there....

    Starving yourself or not taking in enuf calories will get you a quick five pounds off in the beginning, but your body will eventually think that it is in starvation mode and hold on the its fat stores.

    Plus if you are not eating enuf, you will feel even more sluggish and want to exercise even less.

    Nona, you are probably on a calorie restricted diet, that's why you have to journal. According to the diets that I have read about, to lose about 2-3 pounds a week, you should be eating at least 1800 cal a day. That is for someone your height and weight. When you get down to the 170's, that is when you go below 1500 a day. And yes, you have to exercise with both calorie plans! ;p

    I will send you the link - it is from a dr's office and it has some great recipe's and snack idea's!

    Yeah, the fall months are making me want to slack off too and just curl up in front of the tv with a big bowl of chili! But today, I could feel the bones in my shoulder blades, so I'll just keep pluggin along!

    You all can do it!!

  5. Nona.... I want you to think about how well you have been going. I have been reading your blog day in, day out this second attempt, and you have done BRILLIANTLY. It's completely normal to have periods where you find it harder to control your food intake. The key is to get back on track the following day. I couldn't constantly count calories like you do, I don't have the patience, but you have to have faith in yourself. You have developed all these new wonderful habits, and hobbies, a couple of days bad eating (even if you were eating REALLY BADLY) are not going to be enough to reverse all the hard work you have done. Do me a favour.. Look in the mirror and say "Nona, you are doing the best you can right now, and you have to realize that you are going to have days that aren't perfect. Accept it, and move on". (the usual smooch and huggles for you friend)

  6. Catherine, I saw you over at Livy's so that's where you must have seen me.

    Sayre, I do think the change of seasons is affecting me. I LOVE autumn but I always get a little depressed and emotional stress does make me want food to comfort me.
    Also you are right about things going out of season and having to find new things that you like, that's also a challenge for me.

    Iron-man, I do think that calories are important and that different stuff works for different people. I am not comfortable with the idea of starving the body of calories for the reasons Tracy mentioned. Hunger is also not a good indication for me because I can go for an entire day without food and water before I feel either hunger of thirst. That's how screwed up my body signals are.

    Tracy, I'm always happy to read stuff relating to nutrition and weight loss. So definitely pass on the links etc.

    The problem I have with the whole nutrition and weight loss industry is the conflicting articles, opinions, ideas and beliefs depending on who you read and what their agenda is.

    I'm just trying here to do what has worked for me before and keep things simple. My strategy is to:
    1. Get my nutrition from a variety of foods with an emphasis on protein, fruits and vegetables
    2. Keep calories above 1200 but not over 1500.
    3. Drink at least 64oz of water a day and
    3. Burn as many calories as I can per day through movement - be that walking, running, weights, tennis, dancing etc.
    It's hard to always get that right but it does work when I work it.

    Livy, I do need to become more accepting of the ebb and flow of things food wise, because that's life. Keeping a record of what I eat and how many calories the foods I eat contain has really been helping me. It has made me completely conscious about something I have been so unconscious about in the past.

    For example, even though my food hasn't been great, I haven't gone completely wild and that's because I am so conscious now of the amount of calories I'm consuming and the implications of those exercise wise.

    I do agree that it can be tedious though.


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