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How much should I actually be eating?

If you didn’t already know, what you eat has more of an effect on your health and weight than the amount of exercise you do or physical fitness level. The bottom line is- if you eat too much you’re going to have extra weight. But, I’ve also heard that if you eat too little your metabolism slows down and prevents you from dropping the pounds. So, how do you find the right amount of food to eat? I have no idea; But, since I’ve weighed the exact same amount every morning that I’ve weighed myself, I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick calorie count just to get an idea of where I’m at. I’ll use Thursday for my example.

When I did a calorie count using the “My Fitness Pal” app, I came up with somewhere between 1200 and 1300 calories of food. According to some people, that’s too few calories. But, that estimate doesn’t account for all of the times I slip up and cheat or say, drink alcohol. So, I think I might try to add a bit more┬ácalories to my daily intake, but still try to keep the number relatively low and high in protein.

The reason I wanted to look at how much I was actually eating is because I’ve been following a pretty good fitness and eating plan for 3 weeks now with 0 change in my weight. I have noticed a bit of change in my body when looking in the mirror, but nothing significant. It just surprises me that I would have absolutely no change on the scale, up or down. The only thing I can think of is that I am somehow gaining muscle and burning fat in direct 1:1 proportions, but that seems unlikely. I guess I just have to keep going and see what happens.


The balance between focus and tunnel vision

Weight: 132 lbs

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries

Lunch: Mac & cheese, tomato bisque

Afternoon snack: dried kiwi, sliced ham wrapped around a cheese stick

Dinner: Spinach salad with walnuts/craisins/balsamic vinaigrette, apple, mini cucumbers

Dessert: Dave & Andy’s ice cream

Today I was supposed to run. I was also supposed to keep up with my clean eating. But, life got in the way. Instead of working out, I went to play with puppies (I mean, wouldn’t you?). I packed my healthy lunch as usual, but then my friends invited me to get lunch for a friend’s birthday. It’s not like either of these things is a major setback or even bad for me! But, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in myself for not strictly following my plans for myself. Sure, my body needs fitness and nutrients, but social interaction and down-time is also a necessity.

It’s always been hard for me to focus on one thing without becoming so obsessed with it that I lose sight of other things. Like how trying to be conscious of what I am eating can actually ruin my mood and ability to enjoy life. A commitment to succeeding in school or a career can cause the rest of your life to suffer before you even realize it. This is something that I want to try to avoid from now on. I don’t want to ever feel bad about not being perfect. That is the opposite of what I am trying to do. My new goal is to always be positive about what I accomplish, whether that includes everything I planned for it to include or not. So, I’m going to start adding positive statements about my progress to my posts.

+I still ate 2 clean meals

++I got to play with puppies

+++I haven’t gained weight