Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Cool Tools

Someone recently mentioned to me to give One a Day Weight Smart vitamins a try, and I realized that I hadn't let you all know that's one of my new diet tools.  It has green tea extract to help aid fat burning, and I really do feel better now that I take them.  And I don't think it's mainly the metabolism booster, but that my body is finally meeting it's daily requirement of nutrients.  Thanks again to FitDay - Your online nutrition, weight loss, diet & fitness manager! for helping me see not only how many calories I'm eating but how it all breaks down.  I can tell how many calories I'm burning vs. how many I'm eating, if I'm meeting my daily nutrient requirements (which I wouldn't be if I weren't taking the vitamin), even how much of what I'm putting into my body every day.  For instance I can tell by percentages what my carb intake is compared to my protein and fat intake.  The Zone diet works on this principle, that you should have a 40/30/30 breakdown.  Mine is carb heavy, meaning over half of my calories come from carbs.  I'm such an addict.

I've also noticed that my sodium is outrageously high.  I just checked the Food Pyramid to see what my requirement is, and I'm taking in twice that much.  EEK!  And this is all hidden stuff, because I do not add salt to anything I eat except maybe popcorn - which I eat maybe once every six months.  So all this extra sodium could very well be where all my water retention comes from.

And speaking of water, I'm having THE hardest time meeting my water requirement.  All of this contributes to the water retention.  I should be drinking 60+oz and I'm lucky to get 30oz.

So my goals now are to step up the water and cut down on the sodium.  We'll see if that helps at all.  Again if you haven't check out fitday.com, please do.  It's very informative.  My only beef was that since I'm a day sleeper it divides my days up from midnight to midnight rather than when I wake up to when I go to sleep.  So that's been an interesting shift.  I think it'll be okay if I can maintain my 1800 calories each day.  It's going to be an interesting study, I'll keep you posted.

Exercise - Gonna ride the bike and maybe one day get around to the Pilates.

Calories - 1821


sonensmilinmon said...

I gotta step my water intake! i was doing so good in that area for a bit, Then I got to drinking diet dr pepper and somehow lost my focus. I'm working on improving that! Good job today ... keep it up!
Smilin Mon

sjburgess51 said...

Dear Gin,
It is a fact that you must drink at least 64 oz. of water just for the body alone. If you are exercising then you must add 8 oz. for every 30 mins. spent exercising. I am drinking 80 to 100 oz. a day (no exercise though) and my weight is coming off faster. This is truly what facilitates weight loss. Without water 1/4 to 1/2 pound loss a week, with water 2 to 3 pounds a week.

gloriason said...

Very interesting blog. Keep up the good work. I hope to join in the efforts in about 2 weeks- need to get through some stuff first. I'm rooting for you to succeed.

lrgrs said...

i don't think you are eating enough calories for your current weight. remember, your body works off a lot of calories just to function. if you cut your caloric intake too low, your body will adjust accordingly. at 300 lbs, you should be eating at least 2500 calories per day. more if you are exercising. just my opinion.

palaspoppa said...

Tried this once and wrote a book so here's the condensed version so it will fit..ha! Went from 320lbs to 175lbs..46" jeans to 32" jeans at age 38, I have now had it off over 3 yrs...smaller jeans than in 6th grade! I don't view food as the center of my world anymore...it's just the means to a healthy/active body.

palaspoppa said...

When you can't stop at 500 words..add another comment...ha! Spinning classes at the gym were the key for me, group activity/support, dark room so not worried about people watching....intense cardio! You have to find an activity that you honestly enjoy, remembering that at first nothing is enjoyable when it hurts!....and yes...water, water, and more water!! Propel flavored water is great...try it too. Best of luck!

nomorstres said...

I am soooo very proud of you! You are an inspiration to all of us that are struggling out here. It seems like others have responded to you and have some great ideas for your continuing success! YEA! Thanks for the hope you give all of us that struggle. Hang in there everyone and here's to our continued success! Anyone from Oregon wanting a weight loss buddy? Mine all seem to be fading out on me. I'm in it for the long term. Life is not a dress rehearsal!