Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Food worries

I am a bit concerned that I might not be eating enough since I've increased my activity, hence my somewhat stalled weight loss. Many of you know that I refuse to track calories, points, etc. I find that in doing that, I become obsessed... like I need to enter that tootsie roll into Sparkpeople RIGHTNOW. But, in calculating my basal metabolic rate (which tells me what calories I need to ingest before I can exist), I'm thinking that SP and other calorie counting websites are way off. I used this calculator to figure out my calorie range... and it's telling me that I need to be eating between 1450-1850 calories for weight loss. Wow. I think, just through guesstimation, that's a lot more than what I've been eating. So, I'm going to up my calories for the next two weeks and see what happens. Therefore, I will NOT be weighing in this Friday, in order to give this new approach at least 10 days to see what happens. It's just so frustrating, because it's such a delicate balance between eating too much and not eating enough. I know that once in a while, I do need to go back to tracking in order to get back on track (ugh) with my eating, but still. I hate doing it.


Marcie said...

I always struggled with the "I have to eat more to lose weight" mentality/theory! But it did seem sometimes that I'd have better losses on weeks when I sort of felt out of control, foodwise...so I think there's something to it. Let us know how it goes. (One suggestion...don't use the extra calories on chocolate...lol...)

Cammy said...

You know, it might just help and probably won't hurt. I don't necessarily understand the physical dynamics of it, but when I went from averaging 1500 cals/day to 1700, while following an aggressive (for me) exercise schedule, I dropped more weight. I think maybe the body is able to use the combination of fuel and exercise to build momentum??

Can't wait to see how it works out for you!

LadyBug0088 said...

Thanks for the sweet comment. :)

I had a similar incident 2 years ago where I was only eating 700 calories a day and had no idea (I was not eating carbs at all and focusing on lean protein). I didn't lose weight and was really frustrated about it. As soon as I met with the nutritionist she upped my calories to 1,300 at least and I dropped the weight! I would definatley write it down and see if you notice any changes. G'luck! :)

Angie Eats Peace said...

Ugh. I hate tracking too. Sometimes it seems like I lose more when I stop obsessing about it. I can take it too far, when tracking and drive myself nuts.

MizFit said...

running to start my morning BUT also remember that a calorie isnt a calorie isnt a calorie.

you probably CAN INCREASE a lot if you toss in more clean foods (scrambled egg whites and veggies'esque stuff) to build your muscles...

Ill be back.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to worry about counting calories when you hang out with me and my pregnant self this weekend!


Anastasia Beaverhausen said...

I have actually been yelled at by my nutritionist because I don't eat three full meals a day and that my calorie intake is around 1000. Every person's metabolism is different, but when you get it into a safety zone, it has to be shaken up to keep working towards your goal.
I also know what you are talking about with becoming obsessive with the counting. I did WW for years and counted every little thing. It was my own control mechanisms going into overdrive.

Kristina said...

First off, I am not an easily inspired woman. I am often one of those people that says, "Oh, good for that person," and then goes on about my day, but upon viewing your blog (which I found at random while Google-ing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred), I did become inspired. So much so, that I created my own blog on this site so that I could be your friend and hopefully find other people like you who would help motivate me to keep working toward my goal.
That being said, I hope that if you have the time, you will read my blog and keep in touch with me. I am more than happy to return the favor and offer up as much encouragement as possible.
As for this specific blog entry. I totally hear you on the not counting calories or points front. Every time I even begin looking up or writing down specific calories per food item, I am flooded with flashbacks of being food obsessed in high school and starving myself and starving myself and then losing all control! I still believe that it is important to document what goes into your body, but I simply cannot function when each day I spend an hour adding up how many slices of 45 calorie bread I ate!
=) Hope to hear from you,