It is the 3rd day of 2008 and, technically, I should have been three days into the plan for a better me. That's not altogether the case. On the 1st (as is to be expected), I was home nursing a hangover and eating as much buttery,creamy sauces as I could manage - almost like a "going away" present to myself. Yesterday, I started making small steps in the right direction but was horribly sabotaged by one of my co-workers who brought me Garret Popcorn.
That stuff is so goood and sooo bad for you. I had like 1/2 of a small bag.
Today, I managed to finish off the rest of the bag but lunch was a healthy salad, and breakfast - an apple and non-fat yogurt.
Really, I haven't tracked my food at all yet and I'm kinda debating on whether or not I should start inputting it into sparkpeople again. I know that journaling food usually means a higher success rate I also know that journaling food gets really tedious to myself and that it's not something that's very easy for me to stick to. I think it will be something that I do if I feel like I find myself taking a lot of liberties. I just want to get into the habit of eating healthy because I want to eat healthy - not only because of the numbers of calories involved.
Also, starting Monday, I am going to begin doing a "Running for Mortals" plan plan that I found in Shape Magazine. It's basically a "Couch to 5K" plan that has a 12 week time span (Here is the link for those interested
). It might take me a bit longer at first (until I adjust to working out on Saturdays) but it is something that I truly hope to achieve. Since I quit smoking, I would love to feel what my lungs are capable of.
So, without further ado, here are my current stats:Age: 24
Current Weight: 211 lbs. (!!!)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs.
First "mini" goal (10%): 190 lbs.
I tried researching the number of calories that I would need to maintain my current weight and have input my stats into several different websites. Unfortunately, no two numbers I received were alike. According to the site of the ACS (American Cancer Society), I would have to eat 3500 calories a day to maintain my weight. Calorie-Council gave me a number closer to 2500. Finally, I decided to do it the "old skool" way and found a formula in a scientific paper published by the American Heart Association:
Use the following formula to estimate your energy (calorie) needs to maintain weight:
Multiply current weight in pounds: 211 x 10 = Base Calories 2110.
- Multiply current weight in pounds: 211 x 3 (if not active), x 5 (if moderately active), or x 8 (if very active) = Activity Calories 633.
- Add Base Calories + Activity Calories = Total Calories to Maintain Weight: 2743.
So, in order to maintain my weight, I would have to eat around 2750 calories a day. This means that to lose, I would (like, duh) have to eat less. I have read several articles that advocate cycling your calories so as not to let your metabolism adjust too quickly. Therefore I am going to be rotating between 1200 to 2000 calories a week (mind you, I will also be working out daily).
I am hoping for something along the lines of:
Monday - 1200 calories
Tuesday - 1300 calories
Wednesday - 1400 calories
Thursday - 1500 calories
Friday - 2000 calories
Saturday - 2000 calories
Sunday - 1500 calories
It might seem like a lot but, again, I am going to be working out and it's still less than I need to maintain my weight. Of course, I will adjust this if life deems it necessary.
I also plan (hope) to use my calories towards nourishing foods (with treats and alkiehol every once in a while). Along with this, I commit to:
- Only eating red meat once a week, or less
- Making vegetables a part of EVERY meal
- Drinking less alcohol (this will be a hard one)
- Preparing most of my meals at home (not eating out as much).
So, today has been an okay day (sans popcorn) and dinner can't be all that bad either. Let's just hope my wellness carries on and by this time, in 2009, I will be reading this post and smugly patting myself on the back. :)
After all, I turn 25 this year (quarter of a century!), and I certainly don't want to think that I am already finished with just half of my life. More like a quarter!
Happy new year, to me, indeed!
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