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The RED Line

Saturday, April 28, 2018

My new health plan and lifestyle is a work in progress. I have been experimenting with all kinds of different methods to lose weight. The one thing that works best for me is just restricting my calories. I write EVERYTHING down. I measure and weigh relentlessly. The most important thing for me is to devise a plan that I can live with forever. Some of my strategies work. Some don't. Right now, I am aiming for 1000 calories per day. I can eat what I want in moderation. However, I have to log in the amount of calories I eat. No excuses. No forgetting to write it down. Honesty is paramount.
1000 calories isn't much at all. In fact, I am realizing why I gained so much weight in the first place. For example, I recently ate the actual recommended 2 oz serving of spaghetti. It made me laugh because before I was paying attention, I would eat three or four times that much. It is the same with stuff like ice cream. Yes. I still eat it. However, I now eat those tiny, little dixie cups worth 100 calories. I have seen past days in which I would eat more than half of a pint of Haagen Daz. I don't even want to think about how many calories that was.
I think I can live with this 1000 calorie per day thing. It is working. I am satisfied. I am a very little person. I am only 4'8" and it is sad I can't eat voluminous amounts tall people can eat. I can't. I have realized this and I am ready to face that fact.
It is all about choices. What do I want more? Do I want to fit into cute, small outfits or do I love ice cream sundaes more? It is all up to me.

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    Good on you, finding what works for you! 🎇
    1190 days ago
    emoticon If you have a rather sedentary lifestyle, then it's wise to limit the calorie intake. However, exercise is a MUST DO, too. That will rev up the metabolism so that you burn more calories. I do a 60-minute twice-weekly water aerobics class that kicks my butt most times. According to SP, what I do during those classes burns enough calories that I COULD double what I eat. I choose to limit myself to my allotted amount for the day.

    It is important to know what serving sizes are, hence weighing and measuring food. It's surprising what we THINK is correct is in reality way off base. Having been a WW back in its infancy, we weighed and measured everything.
    1190 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3802882
    You have to do whatever works for you. As we age, our metabolism slows so we move more, eat less and hope for the best!
    1190 days ago
    Evie4now, Metabolism is a very real thing. I remember back when I lost a lot of weight before, I had my metabolism revved up so high, I could not stop losing weight! Now, it is the opposite. I have sat around eating for so many years, my metabolism is shot. I just have to get it going again.
    1190 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2018 12:54:29 PM
    FunnyFace, I have been experimenting with my calorie count. I have had days when I can go with 600-700 calories and it doesn't bother me. However, this deficit adds up for me and I end up crashing in about 4 days. I am sticking to 1000. That seems best for me too.
    1190 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    I think I have totally screwed up my metabolism yoyo dieting.
    1190 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    I too sick to around 1000 calories per day. Sometimes a bit more, sometimes less. But if I go over to 1200, I will see a weight gain.
    1190 days ago
  • FUNNYFACE101002
    I am 5’8.5” and if I want to lose weight I have to eat 1000-1200. Any more and I gain weight. I wish I could eat 1500-1700 a day but I don’t wish to gain weight. You’re doing it right.
    1190 days ago
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