Nick

Kara

7.21.2008

What? Eat that much?

I went to see a nutritionist today, because I couldn't stand not knowing how much I should be eating, and these 5 pounds that joined me in March and I have failed to drop, I just wanted to find out a ballpark number (sorry, all about #s, math teacher) of calories to eat. Anyway, I told her that 1500 was my number for a while, and I upped to 1800 a couple of weeks ago after I played around with some calculators. She got all of my info over email and number crunched and the # she found was 2369. She said the 1500 was basically putting my body into starvation mode with my activity level and making my metabolism very slow. It makes sense, I think. I'm afraid eating more calories (while maybe it could be fun) will make me a balloon, but it should be ok. 3 scoops of ice cream instead of 1!! Haha, just kidding. That's not what you are supposed to do. Instead of calorie counting though, she gave me a list of all the types (fruit, veg, carb, fat, etc) and I'm supposed to count by serving how many I'm eating and I have a goal (3 fruit, 5 veg, etc). It seems less intense and more healthful to count servings of types of foods rather than calories.

Today I didn't run, and it was kind of nice. Last week drained me from running even though it felt good when I was out there. It started to become a drag. I didn't some lifting and the elliptical at the gym. This morning, inspired by the Maine visit, I took a shortbread recipe and added tea leaves to it - first blueberry, then green +chai tea - they turned out so yummy! I ate way too many of them though and spent the afternoon not feeling too well. But, this is a great concept to flavor shortbread! I love to bake, but sometimes it is bad when I'm my own taste tester. I eat a bunch of these and THEN go to the nutritionist. I felt like crap!

Tomorrow I'm hoping to get in a 7-8 miler of decent quality. I kind of miss teaching - it gives me some purpose to life everyday :) and less opportunities to make and eat too much shortbread!

10 comments:

  1. The shortbread cookies look good. You'll have to post tips the nutritionist give you. I do think that people don't realize how much they need to fuel their body. Of course you need to fill it with good food. Have fun on your run tomorrow.

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  2. my nutrionist wasnt about counting calories either... just making sure you are getting enough of everything. i think its much better to "count" that way. its funny too that you can eat more and actually lose weight - but it does happen! esp when you are so active :)

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  3. Diet, nutrition, calories, fuel, running... I have no advice on any of that because all I can think about is how that the shortbread you made looks DELICIOUS!

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  4. that is so neat to get a personalized nutrition information. i need to find my own caloric intake. how do you find one of these nutritionists, anyway??? at least you know your #s now, you're off to a great start, i think.

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  5. theres a great calorie intake estimator on the 6 pack abs ebook. but mmm i love cookies!! definitely get some recipes up!

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  6. Ohhh those would be so good with a cup of coffee right about now. I hope you got that long run in and it went over like buttah!

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  7. I should probably see one myself. GAH I'd be afraid, very afraid though LMAO!

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  8. That shortbread looks really good! I would never think of chi tea as a flavor but sounds good.

    I like what your nutritionist said about the fruit and veg. I'm going to have to try that. I try and eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day but like you I can't drop those last 5 lbs. Good luck!

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  9. The cookies look so good! I remember eating 1200 cal for a while in order to drop some pounds, and I was STARVING until I realized that it was doing me no good to eat that little. It would be interesting to go see a nutritionist though and get some things detailed for myself!

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  10. Yes! Pink is my color... but various shades of pink, actually. I've asked my bridsmaids to wear dresses in any shade of pink (about knee to tea length actually) and my flowers are various shades of pink, too! And the countdown is... 17 days!!!!

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