3 06 2010

So I’ve been playing around on My Fitness Pal (, which is the site I use for my weight loss ticker, and for the first time I noticed that they have a BMR Calculator.  For those of you who are not familiar with what BMR is, it stands for basal metabolic rate and it is essentially the amount of calories your body would burn on its own even if you were just lying in bed all day.  For someone like me who is recovering from major surgery and can only undertake a limited number of activities I was quite curious to see what mine was.  Apparently for someone of my height and weight, my body burns about 1686 calories per day!  Thats pretty sweet, especially considering that I’ve been eating around 1000-1200 calories per day (I’ve consumed just shy of 1000 calories today) so I’ve burned more than I’ve consumed 🙂

I know that my calorie count may seem pretty low, but I assure you that I have eaten TONS of food today, 3 meals and 3 snacks to be exact 🙂

Here’s my daily food diary from My Fitness Pal.  The site recommends that I consume 1200 calories, 165g carbs, 40g fat and 45g of protein daily.  As you can see I’m way below my carb count (which is good because I’m trying to limit my carb intake due to my PCOS) and have exceeded my protein by 28g.  I also kept under my fat and calorie goals for the day and I’m totally fine with that 🙂

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Eas – Advantedge – Carb Control Protein Shake – Chocolate Fudge, 11 oz 100 4 3 17 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 100 4 3 17
Homemade – Turkey Sandwich (4 Thin Slices) on Earthgrains Thin Buns With Light Mayo, 1 sandwich 185 23 8 14 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 185 23 8 14
Chicken Breast No Skin (Baked) – Baked Chicken Tenders No Skin, 1 oz 59 0 3 12 Ico_delete
Chicken Breast No Skin (Baked) – Baked Chicken Tenders No Skin, 1 oz 59 0 3 12 Ico_delete
Tomatoes – Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 2 slice, thin/small 5 1 0 0 Ico_delete
Alouette – Crumbled Goat Cheese, 1/8 cup 40 1 4 3 Ico_delete
Fresh Express – Heart of Romaine Lettuce, 2 cups 15 3 0 1 Ico_delete
Apples – Raw, with skin, 0.5 cup slices 29 8 0 0 Ico_delete
Cranberries – Dried, sweetened, 0.17 cup 62 16 0 0 Ico_delete
Generic – Slivered Almonds , 1 Tablespoon 40 1 4 2 Ico_delete
Pork – Cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted, 0.5 slice cooked 22 0 2 1 Ico_delete
Trader Joes – Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette, 2 tbs 35 9 0 0 Ico_delete
Beverage – Red Wine (House Glass 300ml), 150 ml 111 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 477 39 16 31
Dannon – Yogurt – Light & Fit Nonfat Vanilla, 6 oz 80 15 0 5 Ico_delete
Nuts – Almonds, dry roasted, without salt added, 0.3 oz (22 whole kernels) 51 2 4 2 Ico_delete
Earthgrain – Multigrain Whole Wheat Bread – Double Fiber, 1 slices 100 14 2 4 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 231 31 6 11
Totals 993 97 33 73
Your Daily Goal 1,200 165 40 45
Remaining 207 68 7 -28
Calories Carbs Fat Protein

Weigh in Wednesday…Yes I Know It’s Thursday

20 05 2010

As I mentioned earlier, yesterday was kind of a bad day for me.  On top of that its “that time of the month” and I am SOOOOOO bloated!!! So while I didn’t lose this week, I didn’t gain either.  So thats a win.  And my measurements stayed the same from last week (including the two inches I lost last week) which I will take as another win since I feel like I’ve gained 10lbs of water weight this past week.

So we’ll just continue healthy habits, drink lots and lots of water (and cut down on the wine…) and be more active (my physical therapist finally cleared me to resume SOME of my Wii Fit activities YAY).

I’m going to share some cool articles I found with you guys…after dinner 🙂

What Do You Do When Someone You Love is KILLING Themselves

19 05 2010

I feel so lost, I’ve always tried to be somewhat healthy, even before embracing this challenge, and now I’ve kicked it into high gear.  I have been trying to get my boyfriend to do this with me, one because its easier to do with a buddy and two because he NEEDS this (probably more than I do).   He’s Russian, he immigrated over when he was six and his family is big on meat and potato meals and using real sugar, real cream and real butter on EVERYTHING.  However, most of the people in his family are active and have kept off the weight (I haven’t inquired into their cholesterol or anything its not my place) but my boyfriend goes to work and promptly plops on the couch to play video games and watch tv before going to bed.  This is his routine EVERYDAY.  He was a larger guy when I met him, about 6ft 3in and 230lbs, but he has gained a considerable amount of weight in the two and a half years we’ve been together.

Today I was using Wii Fit and I told him we should set up a profile for him.  He argued about it for about an hour before he finally gave in (only after I PROMISED that he wouldn’t have to do any of the workouts today) and I was shocked by the results.  To be clear he was under the impression that he weighed no more than 250lbs (although he refuses to weigh himself) so when the Wii Fit weighed him in at a whopping 307lbs with almost a 38 BMI we were both shocked (him more than me I think).  I almost cried when he stepped off and went back to his bag of Fritos and his video games like the number on the screen didn’t matter.

He is also a heavy smoker, although I did finally convince him to order one of those electronic cigarettes hoping it will help him quit (since the patch, gum and prescription medication didn’t “work” for him).

I’ve been trying to cook healthy food for both of us, but healthy food is still unhealthy when eaten in excess, which is exactly what he’s doing, eating double and sometimes triple the recommended serving size.  And don’t get me wrong, I understand that his daily caloric intake will be higher than mine, I’m not trying to force him to eat 1200 calories a day, but he is well exceeding even 2000 calories a day and lives a sedentary lifestyle 😦

When I try to talk to him about anything he shuts down and its no better than talking to a brick wall.  To him I’ve become a “nag” and its hurting our relationship.  I love him, I do.  We’ve talked about getting married and starting a life together, but I’m starting to wonder what kind of life we could possibly have together if he’s willing to throw away his health and his life so that he can enjoy sitting around and eating junk food?

He also has medical problems (likely due to his weight and smoking) but he REFUSES to go to the doctor and get checked out.  He uses flimsy excuses like he “hates doctors” or “we have better things to spend our money on” but seriously, what’s more important than the one irreplaceable thing you have-YOUR HEALTH???

I’m worried that I’m going to end up pushing him away if I keep “nagging” him…but I only do it because I love him and I want us to have a long healthy life together.  I don’t want him to have a heart attack or be diagnosed with lung cancer and have to be on a respirator and not be able to spend time with our family and do everything we’ve always dreamed of doing…

I’m so lost…

What do I do….?


30 04 2010

(image found via Losing It )