Healthy and Sane

Work work work

January 27th, 2009 · 8 Comments · breakfast, oats, sandwich, turkey, yogurt

All I did today was work, work, work.  Seriously no breaks at all.  Zero!  Well ok, I went to the bathroom a few times and got up to make my food, and yes I responded to a few comments on the blog, but all that was maybe 15 minutes over the corse of 12 hours!!  I’m not even done with work, but a fire alarm went off on our floor at work (it smelled like gas, a sprinkler exploded… ) so I left.  After connecting to our network remotely from home, and doing a bit more work, I decided to call it a night.  I’m exhausted and I think that I can finish everything up in the morning.  I really hope I can get it done, otherwise I’m pretty much screwed.  Don’t you hate when work gets in the way of fun?! 😉

Today was ok, eating wise.  I’m still not my cheery old self, ready to be healthy and all, but I went through the motions and ate pretty well.  Hopefully the happy/healthy feeling will come back soon, probably once I start exercising again – that usually helps clear my head!  I was also thinking more about a comment Sarah made on my previous post (thank you Sarah, again, by the way!).  She suggested increasing my calorie range so I wouldn’t be tempted to overdo it or binge.  The thing is I heard so many times that as long as you eat at least 1200 calories/day, no matter how much you exercise, your body should have sufficient fuel to function and anything else you burn on top of the calories consumed will help in weight loss.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or if you recently checked out my About Me page, you know that I’m trying to lose weight.  I recently increased my calorie range up from 1200-1500 to 1200-1650 in order to feel more satisfied.  This may not seem like enough to some people, especially on days when I exercise a lot, but like I said before, I never ever eat less than 1200 calories so that means my body should still have enough calories to function, and I don’t eat extra on those exercise intensive days because even when I’m “strict” I still give myself a day off, eat out, enjoy a pastry, etc.  I figured this way my weekly intake is at a good level, considering I am trying to lose weight.  I think I even heard some people refer to this strategy as “calorie cycling”… does it make sense?  Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?  Do you have any other suggestions?  I really do want to go out at least once a week and not worry about calories.  This works for my personality (and worked weight loss wise for me in the past).  Thanks again for hearing me ramble here and I really do want to be able to live a happy/balanced life.  I don’t mean to starve myself at all, and hopefully you know this from reading my blog already.

Moving on, let’s see what I had today.  It wasn’t overly exciting (and definitely not very creative) so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

1/2 banana, instant oats, barney butter + fresh blueberries

The instant oats packet I used today

laughing cow/turkey/avocado sandwich with baby carrots and grape toms

Yummy sandwich closeup

organic red delicious apple

Mojo mountain mix bar

blueberry chobani with extra fresh blueberries

Kraft easy mac

I ate the easy mac because I thought I was staying late in the office and that was the only thing in my desk drawer that was kind of dinner-ish.  It tasted very fake but it filled me up! 😀

Total calories for the day: 1428

No workout again today … tomorrow I should be able to squeeze one in!

Thanks again for all of your comments!!!

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Melissa S.

    oh i’m loving the mojo bar! that is one of the best kinds!

  • #2 - K

    Blueberries in a blueberry chobs – love it!

    In regards to the beginning of the post: I think that range sounds alright and, as I’m sure you know, hunger levels changed day by day so by allowing yourself a range instead of a strict number, hopefully you won’t feel deprived :)

  • #3 - One Healthy Apple

    I have had days like this at work…many, many months like this! I hope things lighten up. I completely relate to your musings on calorie cycling. I think we naturally do this, yet scrutinize it.

  • #4 - Sharon

    I think calorie cycling sounds like a good idea. Definitely give it a try!
    And whoa, what a busy day you had! Glad you made it through!

  • #5 - Lara

    Though I’ve never heard the thing about 1200 calories a day being sufficient (I know it’s the bare minimum though), I have heard of calorie-cycling. It does seem like it might be a good idea for you since you seem to function fine on lower-calorie days. I definitely think upping your target calorie range was a good idea, especially given your workouts.
    If it’s worked for you in the past and you think it’s a realistic plan that you can stick do without going nuts, I fully support it! The rest of your eats from the other “off” day didn’t even look bad. I think it’s what you said to me over Christmas…it’s not as bad as you think. I understand the internal struggle, though. Seems like you’re getting back on your feet.
    Sorry I’m not much help but I wanted to put in my two cents 😀

  • #6 - sister inna

    hey i think you’re doing great! and seriously your calorie intake seems low (to me) – i’m always amazed that someone can eat on such a ‘budget’.
    on another note… i haven’t had that kind of mac and cheese since college! i suddenly feel so grown up (even though i still have mac and cheese pretty much every week hehe).

  • #7 - Sassy

    Hi! just found you through Kelley T’s blog, and had to chime in about this:
    “The thing is I heard so many times that as long as you eat at least 1200 calories/day, no matter how much you exercise, your body should have sufficient fuel to function and anything else you burn on top of the calories consumed will help in weight loss.”

    I think that what you have heard is not true. 1200 calories per day is the minimum amount of calories you can eat and get all your required nutrients – however, that assumes that you are eating a huge range of low cal foods to get those nutrients in that amount of calories. To ensure that you are getting suffiecient fuel to run your body you need to calculate your energy needs or basal metobolic rate. Spark people does that for you if you put in your info with zero excersise, or there are a bunch of different calculators around the web. Once you know your BMR, you can figure out a calorie range to lose weight, factoring in your excercise, etc. Different people require different amounts of calories to function based on muscle mass, metabolism, etc though, so these numbers are just guidlines. (and I have found that SP is pretty good if you put in your average weekly exercise calories manually).
    Woah. sorry for the lecture! :-)

  • #8 - Elina

    Thank you all for your comments!

    Sassy (I don’t mean to single you out but I wanted to address your comment) – I actually use SP for calorie counting and it gave me a 1200-1550, although honestly I think if you play with it enough you can get to any range (but that’s their lowest), since it’s basically a function of how many calories you burn through exercise and how fast you want to lose the weight. So if I allow for slower weight loss or decide to kick it up a notch with exercise and input that, it gives me a higher range. The thing is, I don’t follow it 7 days a week (really 6 at best – 6 is really the goal) so since on those days I consume a lot more calories that throws off the whole range idea and wouldn’t get me to my weight loss goal in time. I went to the gym today and feel remotivated to be healthy again + work eased up (for now at least) so hopefully all of this means that my plan will work. If it doesn’t work, I may have to try increasing my daily range and really try sticking to it 7 days a week (like you said). I think that would be the ideal way to lose weight but for now I just can’t give up meals out (i.e. meals with unknown calories and probably lots of butter in all the unexpected places) so I’ll see if I can do without it. Anyways, thanks for “listening” and your comment was definitely appreciated! :)