Weight a Minute: Calories Count

Weight: Down 103
Date: 3/3/17

I’ve always hated calorie counting. I really never felt like I was doing it right or knew how many calories to eat. Except now…I’m counting again! Well, with the advice from my doctor.

Last year I started doing a lot of strength training at the gym, and my trainers told me I needed to not only eat more calories, but eat more healthy carbs…like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa.

So…I ate a lot more carbs, and gained weight back 🙁 I lost the majority of my weight from doing all cardio and eating low carbs in the previous years. So, now I know exactly how sensitive to carbs I am, and it’s a total bummer. Like Oprah, I also love bread. And all carbs!! They’re my favorite! So now I’m keeping it more in check. And my doctor recommended that I stay on a 1,500-1,800 calorie plan with limited carbs and high in proteins and healthy fats. Which works out with my intense strength training routine.

So basically, I depend on MyFitnessPal now. I try to do 1,000 calories in meat, veggies, and fruit, and the additional calories are in fat and carbs 3 days a week for lunch (for now). I have to keep mixing things up so my body doesn’t plateau like it has 8 million other times.

So far this year, I’ve lost 26 pounds since New Year’s. Some of that is what I put on last year. The struggle is ALWAYS there! But it’s important to know that you do have control over what you eat, and you can always change. It’s not easy, but most things that are worth it rarely are.

Here’s a sample of my day:

It’s not exciting, but it’s working for me. And seeing results right now is more exciting for me than diving into a cake. One day at a time, WE GOT THIS!

-Amanda
amanda@b105.com