Perserverance Pays

Monday, June 23, 2008

The scale finally moved downward this week - 2.4 pounds. Last week I made sure I stayed in my calorie range and drank at least 8 glasses of water a day. I exercised AND I focused on getting my protein in range.

Jules gave me a lot to think about. I'm not sure where the nutritionist put my nutrient goals. The ones she gave me when I started were different than the spark generated ones - calories are lower, protein higher and fat/carbs therefore lower - originally
1400 kcals;145 grams protein;130 grams carbs;33 grams fat

I've never really been able to get my protein above 100 and generally it has been at 60. This week I paid attention and made higher lean protein lunch choices - ie fish instead of nuts or beans. I looked up thermogenesis in weight loss and what I can tell is that there is some evidence that eating a high protein diet increases satiety and that it just takes more calories to digest protein.
. Another interesting link is

I think human nutrition is a difficult field to research with so many variables to control. For me, I am going to work on eating a balanced diet, with in my calorie range and I am going to MOVE. I am going to choose whole, unprocessed foods as much as I possibly can. One thing I have now is a feeling of empowerment. My life and body are in my hands. This year my focus is learning self-love. The self-love I am learning makes me want to take the best care of my body that I can.
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    emoticon ...skids back in with your balloons!!! woohoo on the drop! something's working, eh? WTG!
    4778 days ago
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    very interesting! especially the vitamin c also.

    for me, having a range instead of a specific # has helped release some of the "diet related" thinking/anxiety, so that's a keeper guideline for me. also being able to eat up to the point of what i burned if i want, same result... it slows weight loss down, but does't go past over-eating... but takes the anxiety away &/or feelings that i'm being deprived...

    intuitively, i've found anchoring most meals & snacks with protein gives a little more stick to the ribs effect. interesting to see the basis for it.

    the pb i can see too. not sure if i'll incorporate vinegar though! :::makes funny face & giggles:::
    4778 days ago
    Way to go Sara! !

    I agree--nutrition is a difficult science--there are so many conflicting bits of information. On protein, I am mostly vegetarian, and vegetarians in general say protein is overrated--that you don't need so much. Then there are people who say you need 1 gm protein for each pound of lean body mass--which for me the last time I was tested is 99. Hard to get that high without meat! So, I was talked into nutritional shakes for the short term (Herbalife) and it is working, so I can't argue with success.

    4780 days ago
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