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A gentle nudge to the metabolism

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I noticed a disturbing trend last week when I tried to track all my calories. I was eating on average 1150 calories a day. Using the fitness/nutrition app, it would change my daily calorie goal depending on my workouts, which were little to nothing. However, based on my weight and height, I need more than 1150 a day to keep this body moving. According to 3-4 different caloric needs calculators, I need 1900 calories to lose 1-2 lbs a week based on my age, weight, height, and average fitness efforts. On days when I had a coke or sprite, I assumed those calories were HUGE, but they are less than 200. Yes they are horrible for me nutrition wise and they are empty calories, but they are not a total wipeout of daily calorie allowances. This might be why my scale has stalled.

So using My Fitness Pal, I tracked yesterday. I had a strawberry banana smoothie for breakfast. Green beans and chicken rice casserole for lunch. An apple and cheese stick for snack. One sprite before faculty meeting with a bag of walnut granola. That all added up to about 1,000 calories. For dinner, I planned salmon and roasted vegetables. The problem: I didn’t want it. I was slighty queasy from 1800mg of amoxil and wanted something else. A rash decision and Pizza Hut arrived at my house in Stephen’s truck. Keep in mind we are both trying to slim down before hiking our bulk up a mountain in June. 45 minutes later, my fitness pal showed a nice shiny kick to my metabolism. Yes, I ate over 1,000 calories in pizza. And I loved it. It was so good.

2,011 calories.

Let’s see how my body reacts to that. I know I feel like crap this morning from eating that and I’m about to have another green smoothie to start off the day. And I know of much better ways to get in more calories that do not require a caloric explosion of the best pizza I can find here.  So, what’s the point of all this? I need to track my calories and keep writing down my food and workouts.  I need to gradually move to eating most of my calories before school is out and eat a good dinner early. I don’t want to add 1K calories at dinner unless it’s a planned treat.  It’s a good thing I have a ton of my favorite click top pens.

 

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eryka @ This is My Happily Ever After

Wednesday 29th of February 2012

Hey! Thats kind of a cool discovery. You get to eat MORE food! And your energy should be better. I love MyFitnessPal--so easy to use and it remembers my favorite food items and meals. My username is erykacherise for that website if you feel like looking me up!