Calorie Conundrum

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wow has it been hard to stick to the designated 1200-1550 calories. Everyday I find myself going 200-500 calories over the limit. I know that I could reach my goal with much more ease if I would just stop eating past that number, but I really feel like I can't do it right now. I am an emotional eater. I am an emotional eater. I am an emotional eater and I need to learn how to conquer that.

I have absolutely no problem working out. But I just can't get past not eating sweets and breads and alot of them. I'm trying, but I don't know how to stop. Today, I will clean up my act. Today and only to take it one day at a time. LOL.
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    Hi there! Meltinsue has some great suggestions ... And there are articles on dealing with emotional eating in our resource area that could help, have you seen those? One other thing. You may find that by starting slowly, you will make better progress. By that I mean that your range of 1200-1500 may simply be too much of a change right now. How about adjusting your goals for a slower weight loss? You could get used to calorie counting, portion control and eating within a range that's more achievable, perhaps even just 100 calories a day less than what you typically eat. From there, you could make healthy substitutions and see if every week you're able to find another 50-100 calories a day to change. Little things, like low fat cheese instead of full fat cheese, whole wheat bread with a spray of olive oil rather than a big piece of bread with butter, really add up. You might find that's easier for your family, too, and you will not feel so deprived. There's a terrific cookbook I've heard of whose name I've unfortunately forgotten, but it is almost entirely about smart substitutions like this.

    So many people think they are failures because they expect to be perfect eaters and perfect exercises right at first. That is just not being fair to one's self. It can lead to lots of frustrated eating.

    And, btw, thanks for adding me as a friend. I stopped by to say hello for that reason, and to read about your healthy journey :) Best wishes as you work towards your goal - you WILL make it.
    4216 days ago
    Suggestions? Hmm, I live on:

    Breakfast: 2% Cottage Cheese (Usually with fruit), Quinoa Porridge (recipe on my page or cookbook), Omelettes (Eggs, sharp cheddar, lean ham or bacon bits with veggies mixed in). For a carb I will include a slice of toast or wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla.

    Lunch and Dinner: Grilled Chicken Breast, Tuna, Salmon usually combined with veggies and brown rice, whole wheat pasta, couscous, bulgar wheat pilaf or potatoes.

    Hope that helps,
    Sue emoticon
    4222 days ago
    I've found that eating proteins first or with tend to cut down on my refined carb intake. If I eat refined carbs alone or first then I just seem to continue. Just a hint.
    Take Care,
    4222 days ago
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