Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve & Calorie Shifting

Well, it's Christmas Eve and I wanted to get my update in before the feasting tomorrow. 

My progress continues.  Weight loss is slow but steady.  It is a challenge to enjoy parties and holidays without feeling guilty but I am working on it.

My normal daily calorie intake is anywhere from 1200 - 2000.  I noticed that several eating plans use a concept called "calorie switching/shifting."  If you do a Google search you can learn more about it.  The idea is to manipulate your fat burning hormones to burn fat more effectively.  I try to have days that I stay in my lower caloric range, then other days go closer to 2000.  This does seem to be working for me.

Then there are the days that go over that!!  On Thanksgiving I kept track of all the food I ate and it came to around 2500 calories.  Tomorrow I think my intake may go even higher.  My plan is to eat the things I really enjoy and resist the stuff that isn't my favorite.  I am going to try to eat on purpose and not snack mindlessly.  I will be enjoying foods that I would not include in my normal daily routine so I really want to savor it!

Last month I mentioned that I want to get back into my vitamin supplement habit.  Since then I have done really well and have not forgotten to take them.  It is now #2 on my plan.

Weight loss status...

Started June 3
268.0 lbs 39.58 bmi "obese"
Today   December 24
209.0 lbs 30.86 bmi

59 lbs down!  Still "obese" but only 6 more  lbs to get to 1st goal :)

1st goal
(lose 65lbs) 203 lbs 29.98 bmi "overweight" by Feb 2010
2nd goal (lose 99lbs) 169 lbs 24.96 bmi "healthy" by Dec 2010
3rd goal - to be determined

These are my plans/guidelines...

1. Never Skip Breakfast! (usually yogurt, banana, fiber bar, hard boiled egg)
2. take good nutritional supplements every day
3. eat 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies per day
4. eat at least 25 g of fiber per day
5. continue Curves 3 times per week
6. Water only when out to eat... and more water throughout the day
7. Daily monitoring myself with
8. no eating after 7:00pm (with a few exceptions)

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