Miss me? Probably not, because I’m assuming the 3 of you who actually read this have lives.
Anywhoozle, I was down to 119.0 and the I fell off the wagon (again) so now I’m back up to 124.5 and it’s time to shame myself back into healthy.
So fun fact, rough estimate of the calories you need per day to maintain your weight is your weight times 12. This tells me two things:
1) Holy crap, I have been eating way to many calories. Example, if you weight 125, you only need 1500 cals per day, so going off of the 2000 cals a day our dear government recommends really screws up small people (like me, at 5’3″….grrrr)
2) Simple math, slowly reduce the calories by calculating the number needed to maintain goal weight. Example, my goal has been to get down to 115 by the end of the summer, that requires only 1380 cals, but so I dont starve myself accidentally, I’ll start slow, example to get back down to 119 I’m going for about 1420 cals/day
So, here we go again.
By 7/31/13, goal: 119.0 (5.5 lbs to lose)
By 8/31/13: 115.0 (9.5 lbs)
Now I hear some of you shouting “but its not the number on the scale, muscle weighs more than fat!”. Yes. I know. Trust me. BUT, also on small people 5 pounds is literally a pants size, so right now my 1/2 Aero jeans which were starting to be loose when i was at 119 are now tight and gross so back into the 3/4 jeans that i’m glad i didnt toss yet (thanksfully they are still loose). Also once I’m down to my “target” weight, and i learn how my body moves and reacts, gaining the muscle is easy (I already walk atleast 2 miles a day and I started taking karate again)
Now to meal tracking, weeee (not, ugh). Not only am i putting it here but I’m going to be smart this time and write it down in my dailiy planner so it stares me in the face.
So unless you read right off the labels (some foods dont have them, ie fruits and veggies) and you have measuring spoons/cups or a scale on hand, it’s a little hard to get it exact. So basically I read the labels when i can and google some numbers and make average estimates. I will estimate high so that I don’t accidentally go over by missing it. I will be purchasing some mesauring implements i can keep in my desk at work for now. Obviously all this is a little extreme and obsessive but I will not be doing ti forever. I’m a scientist. I need numbers and graphs and proofs that are tangible (which yes, I understand that’s wierd because I also believe in aliens, bigfoot, angels, fairies, god, etc but that’s off track from the point) so if I can do this and prove to myself the math then later i can just go oh yea, dont eat that. Also, it should make me good at eyeballing measurements.
Ok, I’m about to go work on my daily food post now, ttfn