Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Use It and Lose It

Now, as a dietitian-to-be, I wouldn't recommend someone drop 4.8 lbs in one week, but lo and behold, that is what happened to me.  I didn't do anything out of the ordinary.  I ate my meals, I snacked now and then, I drank my cappuccinos, I ate Christopher Elbow Chocolates (while listening to my 2nd annual Valentine's Day CD), I enjoyed my nightcaps.  I didn't exercise more (really, how could I?). I just logged what I put into my mouth.

...because it sucks to admit that you stuffed half a bag of cheesy rice cakes down your face.

If you really want to see what I've been eating, my profile, virasana70, at LiveStrong's MyPlate is public.  You can see that on Saturday night, I went over budget by 500 calories eating french fries and drinking vodka tonics. You can also see that on Sunday I ran nine miles and didn't make it anywhere near the top of my caloric allowance for the day. And you'll learn that I'm adding chia seeds to my oatmeal for extra fiber and omega-3s.  And you can join in on the fun.

Now, for the MyPlate app...love it!  Not only do I have the power to log my meals from my phone or at my computer (and they are constantly wirelessly synced) it shows me a pie chart of carbs/protein/fat that adjusts as the day passes. If I look and see that my fat intake is only at 15 or 18%, I know that my next snack should be a piece of cheese or a handful of nuts.  Five nutrition classes have taught me that my ideal intakes are 55-60% carbs, 20-25% fat and 15-20% protein.  This makes it so easy!

I know I won't drop weight like this again.  Last week's loss demonstrates just how poorly I'd been managing my intake as of late (and I'd been hovering as 145 for over a year, so the weight change was definitely more than just water loss and hormonal changes). I can tell you that I feel fantastic. I can tell that my belly is shrinking (the thighs and boobs haven't budged, but there's plenty of time for that). Sunday's run felt great and I have to wonder if it isn't because I was lugging a bit less around.  I also read awhile back that for every five pounds you drop, you ease 20 lbs of pressure off your joints. I would like it if my knees didn't make snap-crackle-pop sounds when I go down stairs.

And if that groundhog was right, I won't miss this personal insulation in a coupla months.


Jamie said...

Good job lady!

Casey said...

So proud of you!

Anonymous said...

I think that you should start selling "WWJE?" (What Would Jennifer Eat?) bracelets. They'd be a nice segway (sp?) into a dietetics class taught by you. You do such a great job of eating what you should, but you balance it with being naughty just the right amount, and with more than enough exercise to make up it. What a great role model!