After seeing the same weight on the scale for four Sundays in a row, it was nice to see a different number finally. Yesterday, the scale finally moved and in the right direction at that. I lost four pounds. It's good to know that I am like a turtle rather than a rock.
The number of maximum calories I should consume daily for weight loss remains a mystery. My metabolism is slow due to many reasons (thyroid, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, etc.). For the last couple of months I have been aiming for a max 1800 calories per day. I may try to lower that this week. Still being close to 400 lbs, I can't imagine eating as few as 1200-1400 calories. Who knows, maybe it will come to that. I know from experience that more calories is not the answer for me.
If I were creating a balance sheet of my actions lately, here are some of the positives and negatives it would contain.
- I have been tracking via MyFitnessPal every bite for the last 38 days
- I have been eating far less take-out food
- I have been increasing my average steps/day
- I have not been meal planning as often as I would like
- I am still having sugary snacks in the evening
- My intake of vegetables has decreased the last two weeks
With the increase in movement, eating more at home and less food consumed overall I am starting to feel as if I have more energy and some aches and pains are decreasing. Don't get me wrong, at 383 pounds I am still pretty much a sore slug, but I'm doing better. Yesterday, I went to the movie theater. It had been about two years or more since the last time I went. With the extra energy, I felt I could do the steps and wanted to work on my fear of being in public. I'm a work in progress and look forward to feeling even better and doing more stuff as I continue to move and lose.
In case you don't live in the Pacific Northwest or track the weather, we are having some pretty darn nice days for June. Normally, summer doesn't start in Seattle until July 5th. This year, June has been unusually dry and warm compared to the last 19 years I've lived here. While my husband, sister and brother-in-law might complain it is too warm for them, all I can say is "Sweeeeeet"! Three to five years ago, my body changed somehow (thyroid??) and I seem to always be cold. At close to four hundred pounds, you might think I sweat all the time. I used to. My husband, sister and brother-in-law do. I don't . For my husband's comfort, we have the air conditioner set at 69 degrees. This means you will find him in shorts while I am in sweats , two shirts and under a heavy blanket and still shivering. With the temps and dry weather, I can now step outside for a few minutes to warm up every now and then. I'm sure it won't last forever, but I am enjoying every.single.dry.warm.day!!
Tonight, my husband is trying a new recipe for grilled fajitas. I'm looking forward to trying them and sitting outside while he grills. That's all I have for now. I think I will head outside to enjoy the weather and start doing some meal planning for the week. I especially need to start thinking about the three day weekend and make plans so that we don't overeat. What are your plans? Quiet time at home, camping or a barbecue with family or friends?
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