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Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm frustrated. I'm hungry and whiny. I'm having a really hard time remembering why it's important to eat only 1200-1300 calories a day.

I was suppose to go see my doctor today. And I thought - this will be cool - let's see how much I've lost since I last went to see her. I saw my doc the first week of September after being diagnosed with Bells Palsy. I weighed 211 that week. I now weigh 193. I've lost 18 pounds since my last visit. This is all well and good - except that I've been eating to lose 2 pounds a week and I've only lost 1 pound a week. What's up with that? Is it the Bells Palsy that's slowing down my metabolism? Am I simply not eating enough? And if I adjust my calories so that I'd aim to lose 1.5 pounds a week - will that shrink or increase my weight loss? That would give me another 200 calories to eat a day ...

Really - lately the healthy food I'm eating just isn't satisfying. I'm still hungry. I average 111 grams of protein a day & 28 grams of fiber. And still I fantasize about a greasy cheesesteak sandwich with a monster size of fries. I find myself day dreaming about Hot Fudge Sundaes . *ACK!!*

Now - I'm not going to give up. Although I am seriously thinking about taking a week off - *sigh*.

And then I see and hear on the news about the people of Haiti who are starving all while I'm trying to staying within my calorie range -- and it just seems wrong.

This will work itself out, I have no doubt. I just needed to vent some frustration. I figure venting is less calories than the Hostess Twinkie that's in the vending machine outside of my office door.

Thank you for the shoulder my Sparkfriends! Remember - Never, ever, ever, ever give up!

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    You need more calories than that!
    Are you using your BMR, including the Harris Benedict Scale?
    I am no expert; I am in awe of your success, but I think you should try eating more, at least a few days a week.
    Your body has gone into starvation mode, IMHO.

    3901 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    AHEM!!!!! You lost weight.... so what are you complaining about. RIGHT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3901 days ago
    I agree that you could probably at somewhat more calories, especially if you are exercising... I have set my goals for loss of 2 lbs per week and SP suggested between 1350 and 1500 calories... by the way, how are you getting all this protein?? I am barely making the 60 g per day!
    3904 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    I wonder if you're eating enough calories. It seems like your range is making you feel deprived and I have never enjoyed that. Would it work to lose the weight slower /pick up some cardio minutes and increase your calorie count? Good luck. I don't know if you know how to change your goals but on your start page you can scroll down to where they have your goals. I'm always playing with them so that I can eat at least 1600 cals. a day. But boy oh boy have you ever done well! I'm just a newbie on this process. 90pounds WOW! WOW! WOW!
    3904 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2010 6:56:29 PM
    I came by to give you a goodie for helping me get off of my plateau and saw a new blog. (I often wonder why I'm not notified when I'm subscribed.) And here you are dreaming of cheese steaks and fries and eating only 1200-1300 calories each day.
    Interestingly enough I ate over 2000 calories yesterday because I was really hungry and this morning the scale finally moved! So did the tape measure. And I don't think I could've done it without you! So THANKS!!!
    Yes, after all you have taught me ObeWon, I think you too could probably eat more. And my advice is don't take a week off, just take a day every week or every two weeks where you can eat more because you're hungry.
    You want fries? Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Take 6-8 large red potatoes, scrub well, and then, leaving the skins on, cut into fries. Place in a large bowl with just 1 tbsp olive oil and spices of your choices (I like black pepper and turmeric and granulated garlic) and toss well until coated with oil. Spray a large pan with cooking spray or olive oil, bake until golden brown.
    You have lost over 90 pounds and I don't think for one second you won't reach your goal, but I also think that one burger won't derail you either.
    Lots of hugs and cheesy grins!!
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    3904 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1370153
    vent away i am here and that is why we are here for you not every day is perfect
    3906 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1370153

    dont give up even for a week you probably gain more weight within that 1 week of than you would otherwise so please dont.I know it might be hard now but keep at it you will see the results..I am having a hard time too right now so i know how you feel...Never give up...You might be eating too less i try now some friends have told me because all the walking i do to eat at least 1500 calories.So i stick to that maybe you should too...Just a suggestion...Do you exserice alot????
    3906 days ago
    It's ok to vent, that's what we're here for. It's good to vent, it will keep you from going for that Twinkie... that wouldn't make you feel good in the end. So vent away. Hang in there, this too shall pass and you'll make it over this bump in the road.
    3907 days ago
    OK - so I'm no nutritionist and I'm not a doctor and I don't know your entire situation, but is there the slimmest possibility that you're not getting enough calories daily? Even though I weighed almost 200 lbs when I went to see a nutritionist and she wanted me to lose weight, I still got more calories a day than your 1200 to 1300. Also, I have found that I need a few more calories per day than even my nutritionist suggested to keep me from starving to death and I can still lose weight (and it comes off faster). Further, my SP calorie range is higher and I'm only about 7 lbs less than you now. Of course, I know my fitness goals can increase my calories, but it still seems like you might not be eating enough.

    Another thought - you only mentioned your fiber and protein, but I know when I don't get enough fat in my diet, I feel like I can't get enough to eat, especially if I don't get enough with breakfast.

    Anyway, just my thoughts. I hope you get things worked out where you don't feel like you're starving all the time. Sometimes, it's a trial and error process to figure out the right balance for you.
    3907 days ago
    Awww, honey. emoticon I totally understand your rut. (See my blog from today!) But go easier on yourself -- you are doing AMAZING, and 1200 calories really is not a lot. I often struggle with 1400. I guess we just can't be all gung-ho every single day, huh? What counts is we do what we can even while maybe we're not at our very best, and get right back in the game as soon as we're able. Or, more succinctly, never, ever, ever give up! emoticon

    3907 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2562942
    My dear, you can always vent. We are here to listen. We want to listen. And do give yourself a little treat every once in awhile. Moderation in all things!
    3907 days ago
    I know how discouraging it is when you're being so diligent with your eating habits and not seeing the results you want. 18 pounds is nothing to be disappointed about though. Because that's not the number you wanted to see, look at it as an opportunity to tweek something to do better. I think that you might not be eating enough. You could try calorie cycling to boost your metabolism. This involves cutting your calories for 3 days and then spiking on the 4th to your maintenance level. This tricks your body into thinking that you're not dieting. Good luck. Keep working hard. You ARE getting results.
    3907 days ago
    Two things... first lots of my weight came off in clumps (I've heard other people say this too) so one morning you may just wake up and find you are suddenly 5 lbs less than before.

    Two... it is much easier to stay in a 1700-1900 calorie range. So what if it comes off a half a pound a week instead of the ambitious two pounds. Are you in a hurry for some reason? If your feeling tired and whiny give yourself a break... you are doing fabulous, but as several other people have said don't fully take a break, it's so hard to get back on track.
    3907 days ago
    I love all of the comments you have received on this blog. Aren't Spark people the BEST! I read them all and I agree with each of them, especially bosting the cardio with intervals and increasing the water and calories. emoticon
    3907 days ago
    emoticon It's okay to feel all the things you're feeling!! Echoing what the other said...just keep on doing the right things. I think too that you may have just slowed down a little bit - the weight comes off fast at the beginning, but as you get smaller, it gets harder! Are you doing all the same things and eating the same way since the beginning? Maybe it's just time to switch it up to adjust to your changing body?
    3907 days ago
    Yeah, what they said! I know it's hard, but try to focus on the good that you've done. You've come a long way with some unusual obstacles and best of all, you are still here!

    And we love you!

    And I'm going back to bed now because I'm not sure I'm making sense...
    3908 days ago
    Hey, you're doing great. Remember when 18 pounds seemed impossible? And 1300 calories is really not very many. A pound a week is sufficient, don't you think. Anyway, we're here with the shoulder to cry on. You're right, Haiti, weight plateaus, Bells Palsy it's all wrong. But you aren't wrong; you're fabulous.
    3908 days ago
    Well, hell. I wrote this really good post and lost it in the ethers. What Elsie Bee said.
    3908 days ago
    Sometimes it's just like that. Taking a week off might not be such a hot idea, though--just think how great you're doing! It's like bowling; you don't have to throw a strike every time, but at least keep it out of the gutters.
    3908 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    Up your cardio throwing in intervals, drink your water, and yes increase your calories. Just shake up everything you body is expecting. It probably thinks this starvation mode will never end and is adjusting to the lower calories by being more efficient. emoticon No other choices really, afterall you are NOT going out and eating that box of donuts just to prove a point.
    3908 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    I didn't know what Bells Palsy was--Thankfully the SP Health page came in handy. Do you suffer from diabetes too?
    Let's see the bright side, you've lost 18 lbs since September. Congratulations on your success! You made the right choices, and even if you're frustrated by your results in terms of weight--which are good!-- think of all the great benefits you can have health-wise, and think of the effects on your future.

    Like you, though it seems to make sense, there's just something I don't trust about this newfangled "eat right and exercise" weight-loss plan. ;)
    In an idealistic world, we should all lost 2 lbs a week with the appropriate diet/exercise. But we're all different, and your condition might slow down your weight loss. I guess you haven't asked your doctor about that, have you?

    I don't know whether you track or not your food and exercise, but SP has a feature allowing you to see your calorie differential (under the Reports tab in My tools), give it a try if you haven't done it yet. You might be below your calorie range.

    3908 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2010 5:02:51 PM
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