Friday, July 2, 2010

Feeling Better...and Small Goal Change

I'm feeling slightly better today but still not at 100%.  I feel a little embarrassed that I let myself get unhealthy in the process of trying to be more healthy.

Here is how I did yesterday:
Burned 2224 calories
Consumed 1341 calories
Deficit of 903 calories

Yesterday after I left work early and took my nap I was feeling better.  I tried to eat some pasta in the afternoon because I was so low on calories but I got a stomach ache after not too much.  And then later I had some leftover sea bass from New Recipe Tuesday along with rice but got another stomach ache.  My new treat that I don't think I wrote about yet is to have one cookie and a cup of milk to get my calories up if they aren't enough at night.  It makes the milk feel like a treat and makes me feel good that I know to stop after one cookie and honestly...I love to savor foods, so limiting myself makes everything taste a little more special!  Oddly that was the only thing that didn't give me a stomach ache yesterday.

So I thought about how fitting it was that I wrote in my July goals that I wanted to have a deficit of 1200 calories a day, and then that very day my body is like "um, no...I don't think so".  First, I wanted to clarify that I meant an up in exercising, not down in eating!!  But second, I think I have to change that one right away.  It's too much and it's taking a toll on me.  I'm going to say that I want to continue to have a deficit every day.  That will be challenging enough what with our trip to wine country, 4th of July, other get I am backing off.  Maybe a less aggressive approach is what I need right now.

I feel very, very off this morning.  I think it's because I didn't exercise yesterday.  It has in the past month become such a part of my life that I missed it like you would miss your favorite coworker at work - the day takes a little longer to go by and you feel a little less happy.  The end of whatever exercise I do in a day is normally when I get the best feeling of accomplishment, it's when I really feel like I'm on the right track.

I am trying to be positive about the day ahead though, at the very least I'm sure I'll get some cardio in later as we are renting one of those rug doctor things to clean our carpets.  I absolutely despise carpet and how it traps pet hair and other gross allergy-worsening things, so I love to have them REALLY clean whenever I can do it.  It involves a lot of furniture moving and walking around and then later I want to try to squeeze in some Wii Fit.  Still taking it easy though - I don't want to get all woozy and sickly like I did yesterday!!

Finally and perhaps MOST importantly, I am looking for some good recipes for barbecues.  Especially main courses.  I have no idea what to eat other than to know I am not up for hot dogs and other really high calorie foods!!  Any suggestions?  What are you all doing this weekend?


Mae Flowers said...

I suggest the fat free hot dogs by Oscar Mayer- they're very low point! Marinate chicken and grill it. I've found awesome salmon burgers at the store and grill those and have them on an Arnold Sandwich thin. You won't feel like you're missing a thing! :) Have a great weekend!

Midori Mighty Warrior said...

Hi Koyoko, try marinating some chicken breasts. I make my own teriyaki marinade; soy-sauce, crushed garlic, cider vinegar, a touch of canola oil, and touch of sugar. It's very good.

I am with you on the carpet. It's not the wisest thing to go with when you have pets, which I do. One day I'm going to have wooden floors :)

Have a great holiday!

Fat Girl vs. World said...

Buffalo half-smokes!!

Actually -- fruit & veggie filled kabobs with chicken or fish!

screaming fatgirl said...

I'm not expert, so you can take what I say with a grain of salt, but I think there can be diminishing returns on calorie deficits. That is, I think that there is only so much fat your body will metabolize each day and a deficit of 700 calories may get you the same results as one of 1000 or more. This is very individualized, but it is common to hear people lose no more weight on deficits of 1000 or greater than they lose on as little as 500. In other words, there are diminishing returns and it's good to experiment with the balance. There's no point in depriving your body (and therefore making it physically harder than necessary) for little or no result.

Just some food for thought.

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