During February I’ve been using the app My Fitness Pal to track my calories and exercise in order to lose weight (with the ultimate goal by 6 weeks to have enough stamina for my upcoming vacation!). When I filled out the app, they asked what my goals were and if I spent a majority of my day on my feet (definitely no), and from there the app recommended that I aim for 1,500 calories per day. This is doable, but some days are better than others.
I was definitely in the habit of eating over 2,000 calories a day, so the drastic jump to 1,500 was at first really daunting. My previous eating habits hovered in the range of eat-whatever-you-want-and-ignore-that-you’re-gaining-weight, so this feels like a step in the right direction. It’s very easy for me to finish a whole bag of popcorn, or eat donuts with abandon, especially if I’m watching TV, mindlessly not paying attention to the amount of food. Tracking forces me to pay attention and find ways to eat what I want. I can enjoy foods, but in moderation, that’s all!
Please keep in mind that I’m also a vegetarian, but I do not want to offer any sort of advice on health care here. I’m just showing what works for me.
I try to bring in food: I’ll have my normal coffee with half & half and sugar (provided at work), a yogurt, and a banana. 352 Calories
I try to bring my own lunches that I’ve prepped on the weekend. Last week I brought a variation of a rice bowl: cup of rice, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potato, and a granny smith apple. 260-350 calories depending on the amount of rice and number of veggies
Been sticking to a salad mostly, one cup of spinach, baby carrots, cherry tomato, protein (harboiled egg (78 calories) or Morningstar chicken nuggets (200 calories), depending on my remaining calories for the day), and ranch dressing–my vice! 415 Calories for all of the things mentioned above, including both proteins.
Go-to snacks are: Trader Joe’s plantain chips (120 calories per serving), almonds (170 calories per serving), and cereal and milk (210 calories), Trader Joe’s Mochi Rice Nuggets (150 calories per serving), a butterscotch candy (23 calories).
On the weekend, my boyfriend and I can eat together and we usually have scrambled eggs, two pieces of buttered toast, and coffee with half & half and sugar. 649 Calories
See salad above!
On the weekend, I’ll probably have a package of Trader Joe’s ravioli. 600-750 calories.
Trader Joe’s sour cream and onion corn puffs (130 calories per serving), popcorn, apple (84 calories), banana (105 calories), and see above.
I will also have dessert, but I’ve been trying to limit that as I realized it takes a lot of calories, but doesn’t actually provide any energy that I can use at the gym! Or if I am craving something sweet I have hot chocolate. I’ve also reduced the amount of cheese I eat, as well as carbs. These foods add up very quickly so I don’t want to waste calories on something that will not fill me up and are not very nutritional. In addition to this diet, trying to go to the gym 4x a week, so if any of the days are over 1,500 calories, sometimes it’s because I have extra calories from working out (around 300), or from the steps I walk each day (50 calories on a good day), so that I can eat more!
I’m not saying this is fun or something I can sustain long term (I do miss carbs and cheese), but at least I have a better perspective of what goes in my body, what the food I’m eating actually means for my health, and a better idea of what portions are appropriate. The app helps break down the goal into daily pieces so the idea of losing weight or working out doesn’t seem as daunting. Plus, using the app is just another way that I’m motivated.