Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Not Eating Enough to Lose Weight

Weird concept, huh?  But I am pretty darn sure this is my problem.  Almost exactly 1 year ago, I started a Boot Camp Challenge.  Part of the challenge was keeping a food log.  My caloric intake rarely ever met the suggested number I should reach, with the low end being 1297.  The biggest issue for me is what they deem "lean protein".  I am not a vegetarian or anything, but very rarely do I have a taste for meat, period.  And when I do, it is usually something more like a steak - a really good steak.  Yes, I am sighing right now ;oP

For instance, so far today, I had a Greek yogurt for breakfast.  I might have had more, but honestly barely remembered in time for that!  Check out the Yoplait version, by the way.  I have found it has much less sugars than others.  Then for lunch, I had homemade haluski.  Yep!  That is my Hungarian coming out.  I love cabbage.  I tried to find a recipe online that was healthy to no avail, so here is my version.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 c egg noodles (or 1 serving of noodles of your choosing)
1/4 cabbage (no measurement actually .25 of a cabbage head)
1/2 small onion
1/4 c water
garlic salt to taste
  • Boil noodles according to directions - usually 6-8 minutes. 
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat, add cabbage, onion,  and 1/4 c water.  Stir and cover while noodles are boiling.  Stir periodically.
  • Drain noodles and add to cabbage mix.  Season with garlic salt.  Cook an additional 5 minutes covered. 
Doesn't sound horrible, right?  Well, unless you dislike cabbage, then nevermind.  The thing is that the whole meal is only around 300 calories and 8 grams of protein.  Breakfast was only 110 calories and another 8 grams of protein.  This is probably less than 1/3 the calories and protein I really need to balance my exercise and allow my body to process what it needs, plus drop weight.  UGH!  I feel like I have to eat ALL DAY LONG to make this goal. 

That would be fine if I could find things that I want to eat all day long.  It isn't like I want bad things (not all the time anyway!) like chips and pretzels.  I don't drink soda or anything.  What I really want is an orange, an apple, grapes, carrots, or cheese. Another sigh - I love cheese.  Which reminds me!  I did have a snack of cheese today.  See!  I forgot!  (Sorry to say, ladies, but pregnancy having kids seriously does this to you.)  Anyway, I had 2 slices of provolone, so add 200 more calories and 14g protein, criminy!  That looks a little better I suppose.  Sorry, I got sidetracked... what I was getting is that my other choices account for very little in calories or protein.  Would it be bad to compensate missed caloric intake with wine or pumpkin beer?  LOL

The problem is that by getting my protein through dairy, I am also taking on more fat than I would having, let's say, a piece of chicken.  Just those 2 slices of cheese accounts for 16 grams of fat.  EEK!  My previous sigh has now become a little gag.  According to various calculators for fat intake, I can eat anywhere between 46 and 67 g, but still!  What tips and tricks do you use to increase your calories without having to go to the darkside of food?  My Jingle Not Jiggle gals are counting on me to do my part in our weight loss challenge.  We want those prizes from Mama Laughlin!


  1. Gah! I know that feeling all too well. Just try to find something that you can snack on. How was your 5K?? I've been waiting to read about it!

  2. I will have to work on a post for it. :)


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