Actually, the inability to ingest as many calories as I desire, bites. I've recently, in the past 2 weeks, endeavored to return to my premarital weight. Seventy pounds ago I looked a heck of a lot better than I do now, I can assure you. While there's a plethora of weight loss gimmicks around, I think my friend, Tammy, gave me the truest wisdom: "Weight loss is 10% exercise and 90% what you put in your mouth."
Don't get me wrong, I'm not poo-poo-ing the gym. In fact I actually love to work out (at my own pace without some crazy person screaming at me to keep going until I puke). I enjoy the way my muscles feel once they've had a few good reps of way too heavy (or seemingly so) lifting. I like to sweat (in the gym, not in the front yard pulling weeds). But, the real issue is: I love to eat.
I discovered that to maintain the weight I'm currently at I was ingesting way more calories than I could write here without being über embarrassed. I also came to the revelation that my Mt. Dew and coffee addictions needed to be curbed as so many of those excessive calories could be attributed to those obsessions.
Of course drinking more water is almost always the go-to answer in situations like these but water doesn't have a thing on that anti-freeze colored dew of the day. I knew I needed to cut back on the Mt. Dew and add water to the daily intake, but how? On a whim I decided to purchase a bottle of Dasani Drops flavor enhancers at an exorbitant price ($4 for that wee thing). Shockingly, it tasted great (I got pineapple coconut). I've been able to cut back from 4-6 regular sized cans to 2-3 of the smaller versions.
I added the My Fitness Pal app to my phone and then utilized a formula an old college friend has used with success. He said to take the weight you want to be and multiply it by 15. Then start eating that amount of calories as that's the number required to maintain that weight. He also advised that if you'd prefer a faster track, multiply the goal weight by 10. However, when someone has tons 'o' weight to shed, he suggested going at 20 lb. intervals.
I'm not really good at following rules. In fact, some would call me a rebel (though not without a cause). So, I just calculated the whole 70 lb. decrease and multiplied it by 10. That took me to about half the calories I normally suck in and has generated a loss of 7 pounds in 2 weeks. I'm pretty stoked.
I use the My Fitness Pal app to type in (manually) the calories I ingest and I try to make sure I save enough through the day to drink my nightly cup of coffee (or 2 if I'm lucky). I'm occasionally hungry but those are drink more water moments, or eat some baby spinach with salsa (very low calories). Sweet potatoes are a new found friend too as a whole sweet potato can be peeled, chopped and baked in the oven to make round "fries" that are very filling and low on the caloric index. Try cabbage and asparagus as well (just a wee bit of olive oil to crisp 'em in the oven and some salt and pepper).
I hope to keep you updated on this voyage and share any tricks of the trade I might learn along the way. For now, I'm sticking to my Dasani Drops, baby spinach, cabbage, asparagus and salsa! Then I can eat Chick Fil A once a day if I really wanted to. Counting calories is the only way to see real, lasting weight loss because you will train yourself to eat differently and less. Jump on the band wagon with me. Let's see how many pounds we can take off in 6 months. Who's with me?
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