Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Planning it out

So, if you've read my How it All Began story and have read some of my blog entries, then you know I've come a long way in the whole weight loss, getting healthy thing. But, you also know that I feel like I still have a ways to go. For those who have lost a good amount of weight, you know that the first 20/30/40lbs or so comes off relatively easy. Not to say you didn't work at it, but if you used to eat crap and never exercised, then throwing in a salad a day and 20 minute walk a day makes a huge difference.

I've kinda come to the Plateau. Yes, my eating habits have slacked a little bit, and my training has cooled down (picking back up though), so I'm sure that is partially to blame for my weight loss plateau.

The whole eating thing, it's very new to me. I don't really like eating. It's strange, I'm well aware, especially since I love cooking. Well, I guess I shouldn't say I don't like eating, I like eating sweets. Ice cream is my weakness. Really, if I could get away with eating only one thing for the rest of my life, it would for sure be ice cream! When I say that eating is new to me, it's more like me saying I don't know how to do it right.

Here are some of the struggles I've had with food (eating habits):
  1. I was a vegetarian for a while but had to stop becuase I wasn't getting nearly enough calories. It was very difficult for me to get enough calories and NOT eat junk food while not eating meat.
  2. When I eat a certain amount of calories (lets just say 1300 a day) I feel starved.
  3. When I stick to strict plans, I get bored and stray easily.
  4. I feel like I don't eat enough sometimes and others I feel like I eat too much.
  5. There are key foods I don't/can't eat: allergic to avocados, can't stand eggs (I've tried them every way imaginable, they make my yack!)
  6. I always wake up very hungry and cereal just doesn't cut it
  7. Plain flavored milk also makes me yack
So, with all this said, the one thing (that is realistic for me to follow) that I have not tried, is planning out my meals in advanced. I'm going to try to give myself about 5-10 different ideas for each meal and snack to choose from in a day. I'd like the calorie amounts to equal between 1500-1800. I chose this amount becuase just living my life, not exercising, I burn about 2025 calories a day. When I run, I burn about 300-400 calories (this will change closer towards my next half marathon). I've read that while trying to lose weight, it's best to eat about 500 calories less than you burn each day; thus, putting me in the 1500-1800 calorie range.

Here is the breakdown I'm looking to stick with:
  • Breakfast 350-500 calories
  • Snack 100-200 calories
  • Lunch 350-500 calories
  • Snack 100-200 calories
  • Dinner 350-500 calories
  • Dessert only on days that I run and am under my calorie marker
I'm going to lay it all out, and I will post my plan here once I get it. If you have any suggestions, I'd LOVE to hear them! Try to keep in mind that I do cook for two, my bf eats very healthy, but I don't want to "punish" him with boring "calorie-counting" foods.




  1. Hi Jen,
    I am very much enjoying your blog. You have worked so hard. I just recently started running. Eating is very hard for me. I love to eat junk food and healthy is not easy for me. I have two ideas for you though.

    I don't know how you feel about smoothies, but especially with the heat, you may enjoy in the morning. My favorite right now is 1/2 c yogurt, 1/2 c OJ, a single serving pineapples, a banana and ice blended. It takes like an orange julius. You can do any fruit though, use your favorites

    I also last night made a little peanut noodle dish from left over linguine. I just put about a teaspoon of peanut butter, a little bit of soy sauce and scallion in a bowl with about a cup and a half of linguine. Heated it in the microwave for a couple minutes and mixed it well. It was very tasty and you could saute and add more veggies to make it healthier.

    I hope that helps a little. Keep going!! You are doing great!

  2. Congrats on your successes with weight loss (and running, of course!) thus far!

    Check out SparkRecipes for healthy recipes. It's an awesome website that includes nutritional information for all the recipes.

    I don't really have any healthy recipes to share since a lot of what I prepare, is just a few components thrown together. I avoid any prepackaged meals and anything with HFCS or any other weird ingredients - basically, I eat clean. It's done wonders for my energy and general happiness. Right now I'm loving Greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, flax, and a bit of granola mixed in. HEB sells their own granola, which can be found with the cereals. It's super yummy, the portion size is generous, and it's very filling. I'm also loving almond butter smeared on a banana. Oh, and quinoa! Yummy with roasted chicken and other veggies tossed in for a "salad".


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