I met with a dietitian last week and learned quite a few things to help me manage my diet and weight. The first thing was the range of grams for each macro I may consume to ensure a balanced diet. The second thing was that the weight I am is healthy considering my gender, height, frame, and ethnicity. So that if I wish to maintain I can eat up to 500 calories more, depending on my activity levels. The third was that sugar is sugar, so my obsession with “added sugars” is one that is unnecessary. The way she explained it to me was that half a banana is healthier than a tablespoon of magic shell because of the fiber and nutrients, etc. When it’s digested though, there is no difference between the sugar in the banana and the magic shell. It is better to focus on the big picture rather and eat a balance of carbs, protein, and fat. If some days I choose to eat something sugary, that’s okay. Everything in moderation and make sure I get fats and protein in during the day.
So this advice and my decision to start exercising everyday has changed the way I think about my health and my body. I’m also trying to change the way I think in monitoring “health & fitness”.
I decided that a daily weigh-in may be too much. Sometimes my weigh in will set the tone for the entire day. So if i’m menstruating, or had a lot of sodium the previous day…I tend to get very hung up on the scale. I decided to weigh myself five times a month rather and than take the average of those numbers to get the figures in the graph above. This helps me look at the “bigger picture” rather than obsessing day-to-day. I had this number in my head (136) that I wanted to be at. I know it’s possible, however I don’t think being at that number is a priority for myself anymore. My other priorities now are just eating healthy and exercising everyday.
Calories in versus calories out is something I am still going to keep track of everyday. I am one of those people who either binge or forget to eat all together. Since getting a handle of my digestion problems, the urge to binge is high. Pulling back into this “big picture” state of mind I have decided that the most effective way of monitoring my energy intake and output is by using MyFitnessPal to continue tracking my calories (along with my macros) and my Activity app on my Apple Watch to record ow much energy I have spent through the day. The graph above was from this past week. I have allowed myself to eat more than I usually do and I have felt so much better. There are a few days when I have eaten more than I needed to though. I plan on being more mindful this week.
These measurements are very rough since I suck at trying to measure these things myself. Plus my tape measure I purchased only goes up to 36” and parts of my body have a wider circumference than that. What made me decide to take these measurements was that my weight had gone up despite my increased activity and keeping my caloric intake low and this made me very upset. Then I became frustrated one day because my pants were falling and got a belt from the closet which is almost too big. So even though I had gained weight, my hips and waist had become smaller. This is rather exciting but i’m feeling sort of mind fucked a bit. I have been focused on weight being the ultimate way of determining my health and…it is not. So this makes me feel uncertain of my progress since going up in weight may not be indicative of fat gain. I’m hoping keeping track of my body measurements will help alleviate this uncomfortable feeling of uncertainty.
-Until Next Time,