Inner Food Junkie meets Christmas Morning.

The last few weeks have been like Christmas morning. I wake up and rush out to the kitchen to step on the scale to see how much weight I lost during the night. This morning was no different. Well…at least in the weight loss aspect – I lost another 2 pounds.

Poof!!

Vaporized by the magic of metabolism.

So as is my normal routine, I update MyFitnessPal. I get a message back, something along the lines of “Congratulations!!! You’ve lost so much weight (over 10 lbs.) that we need to recalculate your dietary goals.” Accept or decline buttons appear below the message.

I mentally respond “Yay! “ and press accept. Flip through to my food diary section. 1200 Calories…What!? Oh, no, no, no. Where’s my protein…45 (g)…How am I going to do that?!

The Inner Food Junkie starts to emerge and panic overcomes rational thought.

I Google “How many grams in an ounce”. Google generates several possible websites. I flip through a few to get a consensus that 1.5 oz. is equivalent to 45 (g). More panic sets in. “What am I supposed to eat.?” I scan back at the 1200 calories. “1200 calories, that the bare minimum recommended Daily Values” I tell myself, wow but yay I lost another 2 lbs.

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MyFitnessPal ~ My New Friend…A review

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So if you’ve been following my blog, you will have read about me using MyFitnessPal. In the past, I’ve used other various nutritional trackers like the ADA endorsed Pyramid.gov (Shift eyes from side to side looking for Big Brother), Livestrong’s  TheDailyPlate for tracking my caloric/nutritional intake for my health classes. I had never used one to track my weight loss.

I have been using MyFitnessPal for about a week and I have to say that I’m impressed with how MyFitnessPal is setup. The program recalibrates the nutrients for every entry of weight loss. For instance I started at 245 pounds, at the time the program calculated the I needed 56 (g) grams of protein. As I continued to record my weight loss, my daily nutritional details recalibrated my protein needs to 48 (g). This helps prevent my metabolism from plateauing from having too much on any one nutrient, thus halting weigh loss. The site also records your exercise and is taken into account on your daily nutrient details, I earn back calories and nutrients to help maintain a health metabolism.

The site has a BMR, BMI, heart calculator. You have the ability to post badges and tickers on your blog that track your weight loss, you can join communities to increase the accountability factor and get support for others on the journey to a healthier weight. Gee, I didn’t really need to start this blog. Just  kidding. MyfitnessPal can be downloaded you an iPad, iPhone, Android or blackberry. As if, electronics weren’t enough of a leash, now you’re accountable to your iPhone for your caloric intake. For those of us, like me, who have fallen off the weight loss wagon often enough that we relate to Pigpen’s dust cloud. MyFitnessPal, is a Pal.

Weekly Weigh-in Wedneday

I’m on the road this week at the Bullhead City River Regatta, food and an accurate scale pose a challenge.

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Starting Weight:    240 lbs. (August, 1 2012)

Current Weight:    235.4 lbs. (August 8, 2012)

Loss of another 5 lbs.!!!!  I surpassed my mini goal

Yes, the scale says I lost another five pounds, however, it’s not my scale and I’m bit skeptical. The only confirmation for the weigh loss it my daily intake. I’ve been keeping with in my 1280 calorie limit for the last few days. My body is adjusting to this new level and is actually signaling me when I’m full. When I’m dining out I end up leaving half a plate of food. 😦 Why do they have to serve such big plates of food?  I know, I know…I’ve seen the movie Supersize Me. There’s documentary that will change your mind about fast food.

When I’m out with my daughter I try to split a plate so nothing goes to waste.

Mini-goal: 232 lbs for next week. As you know I posted last week that I broke the 30 lb gravel ball, still no update as to it’s health status, LOL. This week I will most likely be tugging and hauling my parent’s Seadoo and Shuttle in the river, plus 115 degree heat will be a workout in itself.

Adventures in Dining: the 360 calorie challenge

Most mornings I’m chasing my kids to the car and often forget to grab what food I pack for a meal, thus I find myself foraging for food at some eatery. Today, it was Daphne’s- California Greek.  Why they changed the name to California Greek, I haven’t a clue. All the same, it’s food and it doesn’t come deep fried, fried, or have the potential of carrying E. coli. I walking and peruse the menu quickly consult MyFitnessPal: 638 calories. Ok so that means minus 100 for afternoon snack, carry the two…ok…approximately 360ish calories. (In my last few outings, I’ve discovered that on average my caloric intake per meal is about 360 on a sedentary day.) I scan the menu board again, squint to read the calories per item and start to piece together a meal of Lemon Chicken Soup, Fire-Roasted Vegetables (carrots and green beans mostly) and H2O with Lemon. Perfect and it’s only 280 calories. The best part yet was that my bill only came to $3.64 with tax!!!

Internal and Eternal Struggles of a Food Junkie

According to MyFitnessPal, my caloric intake for a sedentary day is 1280. How this all breaks down in to meals and snacks doesn’t really matter to me. What does matter is the fact that by 3PM today, I was left with 307 calories and maxed out my daily protein intake!!!! Stomach rumbles. Panic ensues. What AM I going to eat? Like a junkie, I take inventory of possibilities. The weight must come off. Muttering to myself, “this is what I get for not working out today”. I did do some strength training, entered it in my MyFitnessPal, but didn’t get caloric credit. Muscle recovery (calories used to repair muscle tissue) spans over days and is imprecise.  307, for dinner, that’s it! Doesn’t leave much options; vegetables – a salad, that will work. Now here I sit, three hours until a possible bedtime, knowing that I could be wake until midnight trying to relax my mind. Yep…Food Junkie.