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Breaking it down: how I gained the weight

I love to analyze things. How did I manage to go from 208 lbs in September 2011 to 234 lbs in July 2012? I gained 26 pounds in basically 8 1/2 months. *HOW* did that happen? Well, it was like this:

1 lb = 3500 calories
26 lbs = 91,000 calories
91,000 calories / 8.5 months = 10,706 calories/months
10,706 calories/month / 31 days/month = 345 calories per day

Yes. I overate by 345 calories per day. That is how I gained so much weight in less than a year. That is was my normal morning coffee. That’s 3 pieces of chocolate out of the candy bowl in the office at work. Really. That’s it. That doesn’t seem so horrible. It’s also equal to 4-5 workouts at the gym per week (483-607 calories per workout).

Now that I’m calorie counting like a fiend, I thought I’d be brutally honest about what I previously ate, to see how it compared to now. I put in my typical meals, and let me tell you, it was very very realistic. Not including alcohol (of which I drank regular-like), and not counting exercise (for which I started doing weekly at the end of March, for about 900-2000 calories per weekend while being sedentary during the week), I was eating:

3312 calories a day

Holy crap that is high. So think about that! All I can think of is 91,000 calorie deficit needed to get back into my 208 fighting trim from September last year. Yeah, how long will that take me? If I lose 2 lbs a week, which is what I think I am on track to do (ignore my 6 lb loss this first week as beginner’s luck/an anomaly), it will take me 9 weeks, or about 2 to 2 1/2 months to get back to that weight. That’s the first week of October. That means I won’t be in the 100s (if I’m consistent, which hardly ever happens, not to be negative), until November – that’s after Halloween.

Yeah, I’ve got a long way to go. So give up that Starbucks habit if you want to lose some weight yourself. I’m going to go eat some cantaloupe now – all this talking about not eating is making me real hungry. Dietmaven out.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in weight gain

 

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So what does 1500 calories look like?

 
Exhibit A, on our left, we have dinner from last night:
Broiled Salmon (.35 lbs, about 6 oz.)
1 ear of boiled corn (no butter)
2 wedges of green cabbage, boiled, with 1 tsp of butter (not my favorite, but I was getting tired of broccoli)
Sparkling water for a beverage
Calories: 403

Exhibit B, on our right, is:
breakfast – cheerios, strawberries, soymilk – 215 calories (soon I’ll be getting the light soymilk)
mid-morning snack – sliced apple (in the bag) with lemon juice + 1 oz. raw walnuts – 180 calories
lunch – the ball jar full of homemade lentil soup + the fresh spinach to go in it when I reheat it- 250 calories
afternoon snack – bowl of watermellon (about 1 1/2 cups) – 75 calories

NOT Shown:
my 2nd mid-afternoon snack, that I will fall upon like a starving lion on a wildebeast carcass is 1 heirloom tomato sliced with balsalmic vinegar and salt – 50 calories
My dessert – which will probably be 1 square (1/10th of a package) of dark chocolate – 57 calories
If I can’t make it through the day, I also have a backup single serving tub of yogurt, 180 calories. Nancy’s Maple lowfat yogurt. Unfortunately, I can’t stomach any of the fatfree dairy products. It’s in the fridge at work waiting in case my hunger gets out of control. If I don’t eat this, I may instead eat air-popped popcorn (4-5 cups) with 1 Tbsp of grated fresh parmesian cheese and 2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast (180 calories total).

Woe is me. I’m hungry, like, almost all the time. Now I know why I’ve been putting this off for over a year. Le sigh.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in 1500 calories

 

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The Climb back onto the face of the earth

A blogger that stops posting on a weight loss blog…hmm, she probably fell off the wagon. Exactly! My last post was in September of 2011. I had overdone exercising, had some physical ailments, and started seeing a physical therapist. I stopped going to the gym for a while. I never really stopped eating my regular diet (I just fooled myself that I was doing ok) from when I started my journey at the beginning of 2011. Last year from January through August I focused on the exercise but not the diet. Little wonder that I only lost 15 pounds in 8 months. So when the rest of my life caught up to me and I stopped going to the gym, I fell off the face of the earth. But as of a week ago, on July 22, 2012, I’ve dug my claws back in and am pulling myself back up!

So what happened since I stopped blogging in 2011? I gained weight. 20+ lbs. In less than a year!! That shows that there is something intrinsically WRONG with my eating habits. You don’t gain 20 lbs in a year unless your eating is out of control. I stopped exercising. I was sedentary. I also broke up, moved, and had to rediscover myself. I fought changing for a long freakin’ time (let’s be real, what I really fought was giving up my unhealthy eating). I don’t even know what tipped me back into making a healthy change.

I’m obsessed with watching weight loss shows. I generally love the biggest loser, but the season is over. A friend got me into extreme makeover, weightloss edition. I’ve been watching episodes the last month or so to keep me motivated but somehow it never did anything but watch it while I was eating dinner. On the plus side, after a winter of being extremely inactive, I’ve been trying to become more fit. I started riding my bike regularly, and even bought a new road bike in April. I have been hiking, but not nearly to the degree I was the previous 2 years. I finally got past the huffing after climbing a flight of stairs, but I’m still not as strong or fit as I was last year. I’m still fat and slow going a mountain. I had to tighten my belt a little less – I’m actually at the largest, last hole and it was starting to get pretty tight. I started having to buy size 18 clothes, which I swore I would never do; I always told myself that I would never get larger than a size 16 ever. in my life. But I did. And something happened. 2 weeks ago I finally found the strength to stop drinking my highly-fat-sugar-calorie stuffed coffee and have been coffee free since. Then last weekend I just decided to start only eating 1500 calories. Somehow on that day I started. Right then, right there.

I finally decided to eat in a healthy, calorie-deficit manner, and stick to it. Finally. For the first time.

So here I am. 1 week into eating my new diet. I’ve survived. I’m hungry. A lot. I’ve made adjustments. A lot. And I’m focusing on the food first and foremost and the exercise secondarily. And ya know what? I’ve already gone from the highest weight I’ve ever been at: 232 lbs, down to 226 today. I’m sure that can’t be right in only 1 week, but I’m starting fresh. I bet it’s all from my big hike yesterday (6 hours, 11 miles, 3000 ft elevation gain), but I’ll take it.

Welcome back dietmaven. Good to see you again!

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Starting over