Vickie's comment on my post the other day got me thinking. Looking at other people's food blogs often makes me feel a little insecure about my own food -- they don't seem to eat much, especially compared to me. But I do tend to bulk up my food with veggies.
The breakfast pictured is a good example. I threw about 1 1/2 cups of baby spinach in my frying pan before adding one egg scrambled with a little milk and some fresh thyme. I had something very similar for lunch the past two days -- it's one of my favorites.
It's a little uncomfortable to talk about food because most people seem to have different ideas than I do about what is appropriate. I have been purposely vague about my calorie goals here because I have gotten nasty comments in the past about what I eat and how much, and I really don't want to start that up again. But I'm going to anyway, in case there is anyone out there who feels like I do.
I have never really been a big dieter, believe it or not, given all the emphasis I might seem to put here on weight loss. I have a strong self-protective streak, I guess, because I never tried anything crazy like Slimfast or starvation diets. When I have tried stuff like that I last for maybe a day, or even half a day. The longest I probably lasted on a restrictive diet was when I tried the Live Below the Line challenge and ended up giving up in the middle of the third day because I felt weak and headachy.
I did fine the first time I was on Weight Watchers, back when the program was less restrictive than it is now, but I was always over my points even when I was losing. And then, when I got my body fat and metabolism tested at goal weight, the techs said that my body fat was still fairly high, and suggested it was because I was on Weight Watchers and running and not getting enough calories to maintain my muscle mass. At the time I was angry with them, but I think that's the reason I had such a hard time maintaining and have struggled so much with my weight since then.
The plan I am using now is the Fat2Fit philosophy (I really miss those guys -- I am afraid that Jeff might be ill again). The screenshot to the right is the results when I plug my stats into their iPhone app. I am shooting for 1800-2000 calories per day, even though my activity level is closer to the moderately active level. Even LoseIt suggests that my calorie goal should be 1684 calories plus whatever I earn through exercise if I want to lose 1 pound per week (yesterday I was under my LoseIt calories but over my personal goal). I would prefer to stick with a more consistent number of calories which is why I set my goals the way I did.
I know from experience that I will lose if I stick to this plan. It may not be the conventional approach. I know that most people think 1200-1600 calories (or less) is the way to go, but I know for me, if I undereat, eventually I give up. I would rather have a more moderate plan that I can really do than something that gets quick results but an equally quick weight regain.