Nick

Kara

7.29.2009

Carbs

I made it 2 days so far counting calories and staying around 1800. It might sound low, but I feel like I was eating around 2200-2300 before being mindful and not losing any weight. I don't feel that I can eat more than that because I felt like I wasn't holding back. My genetics and metabolism are kind of crappy so I feel like I need to cut back not eat more. I don't feel like I am depriving myself at all. If I feel hungry, I'm going to eat - but be mindful of how much of things I am eating.

Now - carbs was a suggestion (and thank you for all of the suggestions!) How many carbs do you eat in a day? Mine is well over 200 and I didn't eat any bread, or pasta today. I did eat cereal. Do you cut out cereal too? Fruits, veggies, milk - all send it up there. What do you eat for breakfast if you are watching carbs? I almost always eat oatmeal,oatbran or cereal. I don't know if I will cut that out. I'm going to try for 2 weeks of counting and see if I see any results then re-evaluate! I don't feel tired so far, nor hungry. When I counted the first day, I felt like I was eating way more than that prior - so just being more mindful for a week or 2 seems like it will help!


I invite you to visit these blogs:

Angelea - food blog - Angelea came out of the wordworks and made a whole bunch of bids on auction day and has donated so much to help me to get sooo close to my goal ($246 to go!)

Danica's Daily - I made this eggplant lasagna for dinner tonight. It was AWESOME. Her blog has great ideas.

12 comments:

  1. what i did wasn't so much watch carbs as protein. i think i aimed for about 150g carbs and same for protein (went for 40% carbs, 50% protein, 10% fat), rarely hit that but it kept me trying. i always tried to have the protein grams really close to the carb grams in any given thing - so, things like pretzels for instance were out. i ate cereal all the time - high protein cereal with milk. fruits and veggies didn't count though, i ate those with abandon! especially veggies. which i don't eat nearly as much now. which explains things...

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  2. I used to eat oatmeal everyday and i had to cut it out. Sometimes I have cereal but then I dont have bread for lunch. I just kinda make concessions. I eat bacon and eggs for breakfast pretty much every morning and it really gives me a lot of energy. I also will eat some fruit - I think that if it is a veggie or fruit it doesn't really matter about the carbs because the fact that it is good for you outweighs the carbs. it really is tough but i have been eating a lot less carbs (under 200) and I feel less full. But i do have to eat little snacks at like 10am and 330pm to help me get through the day but I am at all work all day and I work 10 hour days. Keep working at it!

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  3. I am all over the eggplant lasagna! We definitely should be living closer to each other, we not only train the same, have the same paces, but we eat the same too!

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  4. I am fairly mindful of the carbs. The South Beach Diet was how I lost weight before I started running more seriously. Now I try to keep them on the low side. No bread and only fruits are whole grains. As for breakfast, I usually have eggs (you could get the egg beaters) and a piece of fruit.

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  5. Eggplant lasagna sounds delicious. I love eggplant, but my husband is not so crazy about it.

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  6. I have never really been one to keep track of how many grams of carbs or protein I am eating... but I do love my carbs.

    Try focusing less on the amount and more on choosing quality carsb - whole grains, fruit, etc.

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  7. I've tried to do the low carb thing in the past, but it just doesn't work for me. I feel lethargic, nauseated - not good.

    Now I try to eat what my body tells me to (seriously, if I'm hungry, I don't just go grab what I "should" be having because it's lunch time or whatever - I sit and think about what I really want to eat - even if it's not really a "lunch" food). Of course, I try to choose healthy versions - whole wheat breads & pastas, fresh fruits, etc., and I still track what I eat just to keep an eye on things - and stop eating once I've reached my calorie limit for the day.

    I just checked my carb intake over the past 3 months and it looks like I average between 180-210/day. So what you're eating sounds normal to me!

    I guess the bottom line is that we're all different, so what works for one, might not work for others. I think it makes sense to try different levels and figure out what works for you because that's the only way you'll stick with it. Good luck!

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  8. I am so glad you liked the Grilled Eggplant Lasagna - it's tasty. Thanks for the mention of my blog :)

    Gret job at day 2 calorie counting. I definitely think it is good to be mindful and listen to if you are really hungry or not. That is a definite key to losing weight - good luck :)

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  9. With all your exercise, I wouldn't cut out too many carbs. I think oatmeal is a great breakfast. Calorie counting is good, but don't stress yourself out over it. Be mindful of your foods. When I am watching my calories/food, I eat a nice salad before dinner. That usually takes the hungry pangs away and then I can have a sensible dinner. GL to you!!!

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  10. Great job! and good luck as the journey continues. I'm interested to see how things turn out, so I can do the same things you did :)

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  11. I have no clue how many carbs I'm eating. I can only handle focusing on one food vice at a time. It all overwhelms me.

    And I might try that weight watchers lasagna, although I'm not a fan of substituting cottage cheese for ricotta, gotta go with the real stuff.

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  12. I have no clue how many carbs I eat, but I'm interested to hear how your experiment goes.

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