August 3rd, 2004
|05:04 pm - No stories for the moment|
Sorry for the lack of updates to those of you who had been following the tale of Deadly Lampshade and or my quest for strength. I haven't been feeling too well the last few days.
In a sense, I'm very disappointed: I'd been doing so well, and now I feel pretty blah again. No energy, a little light-headed, that kind of thing. It's possible that I haven't been eating enough to make up for the greater number of calories I'm theoretically burning by having actual muscle tissue (such as it is -- har!). I ordered a body fat measuring device so I can run my metabolism and see what the difference is between now and a couple of months ago.
Maybe I can have more food. That'd be nice: 1200 calories a day is not much. Heck, you can blow through that with a Happy Meal at Mickey D's. :-)
I have been feeling a lot hungrier the last week or so. Maybe that's a sign that I need to eat more. On the other hand, I NEVER used to eat during the day, and now I'm eating (or drinking) something every couple of hours it seems, whether it's a protein bar or popcorn/rice cakes or other munchies. I'm eating more often than I used to anyway, so it seems like that should be fine, but the way I feel sure feels like how I used to feel when I'd forget to eat for three days, so who knows?
No one thinks I should be worrying about calories. I think the only reason I am is that one day, I was talking to a friend about how I was kind of bummed that I couldn't take pride in my weight loss since it happened due to illness. She said something like, "That's true, but if you can maintain it, then you can take pride in that." I guess I sort of took that to heart, and now that I've lost the weight, I don't want to gain it back.
Well, at least not until after my high school reunion. heheh
Or until I've managed to wear all those lovely tiny clothes that banshree made me buy at the garage sales this weekend.
Maybe I am stressing a bit about the calories too much, though.
Anyway, I'll start writing again when my head gets a little less foggy. Now, I think I'll go get a pizza.
You probably need something specific your not getting and thats why you're hungry. Like cheesecake.. I probably should go dig up that recipe.
Staying thin is not as important as having a reserve to fall back on if you get sick again. Even when you were supposedly big boned your weight was never that bad or didnt look good. You dont have to add it all back, but a good 20 or 30 pounds wouldnt hurt.
Well, those fried mozarella sticks I had last night pretty well hit the spot, so I'm thinking carbs and/or fat.
I think I do have some Gatorade around ... I might try that today.
Thanks, man. Wow, you said something nice! You feeling okay? :-P
Cheesecake would be good.
1200 calories is what you want to eat to LOSE weight. You don't really need to lose anymore, do you? And even if you did, I think you should put your health and energy before losing more weight. It's more important to feel better. I eat between 1400 and 1500 calories a day for maintenance and my BMR is lower than yours. Yours has also probably gone up since you've been working out. Why don't you try 1400-1500 calories and see how you feel? You are not going to gain weight on that amount of food. Especially if you are exercising. Give it a try and see how you feel.
That's exactly what I was going to say. 1200 calories probably isn't enough to sustain the "new you." 1400-1500/day should be a good starting place for maintenance. Your body is also adjusting to decreased demands in some areas and probably increased demands in others. Don't be disappointed, just roll with it and experiment to find what you need.
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Hrm. I thought 1200 was what I should eat to maintain my weight, since I have a pretty sedentary lifestyle. That's my resting metabolic rate, and I'm pretty much resting most of the time. :-)
And no, I definitely don't need to lose any more (I don't think), but I'm also not losing weight now. In fact, I've gained around 5 pounds since my last doctor's appointment, which is why I figured I should keep it under 1200.
The whole thing is bizarre. It's forcing me to consider food in a really different way: as necessary fuel rather than just comfort. Or, actually, as both. I figure that if I get enough fuel (nutritious stuff) then I can splurge on the comfort food. (Did I hear mention of a cheesecake?)
So do you want the somewhat healthy cheesecake, or do you want the enough calories to power a small city version?
For those in the audience I worked out a theoretical chocolate cheesecake with 223 calories, 6g fat, 29g carb, 15g protein for a 1/12 slice. Trying to use ingredients that she could eat. (minimize fat, maximize protein)
I think you should at least try the theoretical cheesecake. I still think you should try it with Splenda or something, though, as long as you're going experimental. You know, just to see how far you can take the low-cal cheesecake thing.
But at this point, I would take the power a small city version.
The biggest problem is its a Chocolate Cheesecake, whcih you seem adverse too... but I think the flavor will be better with the Chocolate then without it.
Ah, there's your problem, my friend. "They" say that your BMR is going to be about 2/3 of what your caloric intake should be for maintenance. BMR measures what you burn when you are TOTALLY at rest. Like, asleep and not moving. You spend another 1/3 or so of that just moving around during the day and more than that if you are exercising, which you are. I find the "2/3" estimate to be a bit wrong for me. Personally, adding 300 calories to my BMR is about right for maintenance. My BMR is lower than yours, so if I can maintain on 1400-1500 calories, then you definitely can. If you went strictly by the "2/3" rule, you should be able to eat 1791 calories, theoretically. Like I said, I found that estimate to be too high for me, but everyone is different. You may be able to eat as much as 1791 calories, but I would be willing to bet a lot of money that 1500 calories is not too much for you.
I want some of that theoretical cheesecake!
Kat is a jock and she eats every few hours. When Stary was working her program through her gym, she was eating every few hours and she felt better than she had in a long time.
Your body is a machine, love. You must fuel it. Not once a day or once every few days. But every few hours. That way you will not run on empty and your body will not think that it's been cut off from food. When it thinks that, it holds on to every calorie it gets.
Please listen to the wise and wonderful Zootie.
I'll give it a shot. I'm probably overbalanced on the protein side now, and need more carbs. Seems like I've been craving popcorn, rice cakes, crackers, and that kind of stuff.
I wanna weigh 125 and still be able to live on cases of ReeseStix and Pepsi and sausage!!!!