Weight Loss - Part 2 - January 2022

If you've read my previous post, you know that I've struggled over two decades with my weight, since I was about 10 years old. In that time, I tried a few different things, but always refused to go on a "diet" since I want a more permanent solution.


In all that time, the thing that always worked best was calorie counting. But, I've had issues in the past where calorie counting became an easy excuse to eat pre-packaged/processed foods, because they are easier to account for calories. While I have no problem eating those foods (some of them are really yummy, and I do consider them a better option than takeout), I am also cognizant of the fact that I want to eat less processed foods, and more fresh produce whenever possible. I also don't want to set a specific caloric number and confine myself to only eating that many calories per day. Some days I will naturally be hungrier than others, and I accept that. So, my plan for 2022 is this:


  1. Log calories consumed daily, to increase awareness of what types of food I am consuming as well as portion sizes (I am using myfitnesspal to log all my food/drinks)

  2. Weigh myself daily and log in my Samsung health app to be aware of fluctuations (did my weight go up? maybe something I ate yesterday reacts in my body to cause bloating and I should avoid it) and what foods my body agrees/disagrees with

  3. Log my weight weekly as my "official weigh-ins" for a clear picture of my progress without factoring in daily fluctuations

  4. Summarize each month into a blog post to keep myself accountable (as you can tell, this may not be posted right when the month ends, but will help me break the year up into 12 increments that are easier to stick with)

So, on that note, here is my January summary:


Calories:


Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Total

January 1st

190

480

620

135

1425

January 2nd

285

960

310

108

1663

January 3rd

190

480

310

135

1115

January 4th

270

450

480

334

1534

January 5th

270

860

300

229

1659

January 6th

190

430

603

280

1503

January 7th

440

430

603

179

1652

January 8th

370

392

880

280

1922

January 9th

90

722

440

320

1572

January 10th

370

312

655

210

1547

January 11th

170

312

900

295

1677

January 12th

120

312

900

110

1442

January 13th

110

330

450

369

1259

January 14th

120

302

450

482

1354

January 15th

130

302

880

110

1422


January 16th

0

457

900

30

1387

January 17th

120

302

760

397

1579

January 18th

313

302

451

490

1556

January 19th

113

302

900

470

1785

January 20th

113

302

910

30

1355

January 21st

53

302

920

415

1690

January 22nd

0

480

840

415

1735

January 23rd

0

298

950

85

1333

January 24th

53

286

880

415

1634

January 25th

253

275

920

30

1478

January 26th

53

373

800

475

1701

January 27th

258

309

275

515

1357

January 28th

53

390

889

223

1555

January 29th

0

315

940

85

1340

January 30th

287

315

275

642

1519

January 31st

493

309

440

717

1959

From this, you can see that my calories not only fluctuate day to day, but meal to meal. The days where I didn't have anything for breakfast were weekends where I slept late. Otherwise, I still aimed to eat 3 meals a day plus snacks. This month, I really focused on listening to my body's hunger cues and finding ways to make meals lower calorie without being any less filling. For example, the majority of my lunches were wraps. By eliminating 1/4 cup of cheese from the wraps, I was able to still have a filling lunch for 110 less calories than if I kept the cheese in. I also chose to use mustard as my primary condiment, since it has 0 calories.


Through this, I was also still able to enjoy donuts when a friend brought some over, and have quite a few (read: a lot of) pizza nights by choosing frozen pizzas over delivery.


My weight comparing January 1st vs my weight January 31st has dropped 6.3lbs.


I've still got a long way to go... and 11 months left, but January was a great start!




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