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