Jill, of the awesome and inspirational blog Lost and Not Found, commented that I didn't have any tangible, measurable goals. So true! And Beth, Girl Explorer, suggested a food diary (among other suggestions I need time to digest :)...
So yeah, umm. About that...
For the first couple days, I tried using SparkPeople or FatSecret.com, both of which have really highly rated Android applications, so I can be on my computer or on-the-go and keep track of everything. Oh just UGH. Tracking my every bite? Typing in each ingredient I use on my salads? 90% of the complex foods I eat are homemade, not a store-bought, pre-packaged, or - most importantly - a pre-entered food in the database. So I have to look up every ingredient of every tuna salad, hummus, smoothie, spinach lasagna, whole wheat loaf, etc, I make/eat? Did I say UGH? I lasted two days. Then stopped.
Can't I just wing it?
Mornings: I eat a bowl of chai oatmeal (1/2c ff milk, 1/4c oats, 1/2T honey, my homemade chai spice blend) and a piece of fruit. If I'm in a rush, a hard boiled egg or two and fruit, or just a piece of whole grain bread (yup, homemade!) with smart balance. If I'm feeling particularly lazy, a bowl of raisin brain and a piece of fruit.
Mid-morning snack: 1oz almonds, or a piece of fruit and a protein (HB egg or cheese stick) (cuz fruit alone in my belly SCREAMS for company until I cave and eat a whole bag of chips)
Lunch: soup (homemade, yep!), normally a low calorie bean soup of some sort
Afternoon snack: yogurt and granola (only ever a 1/4 cup, not a full serving), or fruit and granola, or fruit and protein
Dinner: one of those tiny snack plates of whatever Able-Bodied Boyfriend is eating (AKA, big compromise on his dieting style/routines and mine), or tuna (made with homemade yogurt) and celery/carrots, or some other raw veggie with healthy dippy thing, or a small portion of leftovers from another meal that's screaming to be eaten before it goes bad. This meal needs work, yes indeedy :(
I counted all that up a thousand times and I really think that puts me around 1500 calories, or less, each day.
I'm up to about 1.5 liters of water each day (two 750ml fill-ups)(or 48oz-ish)... and working my way up to three fill-ups a day and on to four as a goal. <----------- OH LOOK! A measurable goal!!!
I feel like a really really really awful, uninspiring, devious dieter. I mean, I've gotta be the ONLY person on the planet right now not counting every calorie, right? It's January, the Month of Counting Calories and Going to the Gym Every Day, right?
Jill and Beth are so friggin inspiring, in all of their weight loss and the progress and diligence with tracking it all. But I don't know that I can do this in the same way. I mean, granted, I could weigh myself in another month and go "SHIT, I guess I really need to keep track of everything I eat"...
But I want to do this in a way that doesn't feel like I'm trying too hard. Cuz the "end" isn't really the end, is it? It's only the beginning. I'll be down to a healthier weight, with good eating and exercise habits, and I shouldn't really end there at all. I'm actually just in the prep-work stage of a whole new healthier me.
Oh my god my brain is going ape-shit. I have a brain that demands fairness and balance. Right now, the right side is saying YOU MUST COUNT, it's the ONLY way to KNOW! And the left side is dancing around singing BUT you should BE FREE and just EMBRACE your generic HEALTHY eating as a WAY of LIFE! Right: THE DIETING GODS WILL JUDGE YOU HARSHLY! Left: IF YOU LOSE WEIGHT, IT'S WORKING, RIGHT?? Right: BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS WORKING???
Ugh. Fine fine.
5-6 fruits or veggies/day (3-4 raw, minimum)
2-3 grainy beany things/day
2-3 proteins/day (yes, Beth, I should have said less meat proteins)
85oz of water/day
5 aerobic workouts/week
1-2 yoga/pilates workouts/week
strength training TBD
I'm good with fruit right now. Raw veggies, not so much; but it's my plan to get those prepped for next week. Grains/beans I'm ok with, and I'm probably a bit over every day on the proteins. I'm good with the workouts. But if I'm losing weight, ~3 pounds each month, I'm not going to sweat the counting.
Ugh. The idea of counting and tracking really really bugs me. My bohemian side is twitching.
Do you think my vague list of eating goals/limits is satisfactory? Any suggestions for other not-too-county/tedious ways of tracking or goal-making? Or do you think I'm setting myself up for failure?
ps. Jan 13, 7a weigh in. one pound lost.