Sunday, July 05, 2009

Me & Marie Antoinette

Maybe it's just because I've been looking at my body lately, maybe it's because my waistband has been getting looser, but I am becoming obsessed with how friggin' huge my hips are. If I put on a low-cut dress and poofed my hair up to an insane height, then the resemblance would be absolutely uncanny.

It's not as if I've eaten any cake. Went to see a nutritionist, who said she couldn't see why I wasn't "wasting away" based on the amount of exercise vs. amount & quality of food eaten. Sadly, I'm going back to tracking my calories intake on Sparkpeople. The nutritionist and the doctor both suggested I needed to eat more protein.

Sigh. Counting my calories is really boring.
[end whine]

I'm going to start tracking calories in/out.

I'm fairly sure I have a good idea of roughly how many calories per day I've been eating, and I'm going to bet that I've been keeping within the 1200-1500 calorie range for the most part. (Which for my height/weight/metabolism is not starvation level.)

Of course, it's that "for the most part" that's probably screwing me up. Or else the whacked-out thyroid really is screwing up my metabolism.

On Thursday, I started entering every nitpicking calorie eaten and exercised. Granted, Thursday was not a typical day, but by 8 p.m. I'd consumed 948 calories and exercised 841. I may have the occasional fall off the wagon, but even with an occasional (I'm talking not even once a week) meal of 'bad' food, I should be shifting the weight faster than I am. (For the past 8 weeks, I've been averaging a weight loss of 1/2 pound a week. That's pretty damn slow.)

Exercise update: After finishing the 4th week of the push up and sit up challenges, did 30 full push ups and 60 sit ups. (Okay, probably could have done more sit ups, but I got bored. Doing this sit up challenge is not endearing me to this form of exercise.)


Theresa said...

Think of it this way. You're not starving your body if you're eating 1200-1500 in a day with normal activity. Throw in 800-1000 extra calories expended due to exercise and you may well be falling into "not enough calories to keep you going" trap, so that your body starts hording and holding on to every bit that it can. And your metabolism slows, and slows.

Of course, I am not an expert, neither do I play one in the interwebs. :+)

Patty said...

I am do you feel Merry? Is your energy level good or do you feel drained and tired most of the time?

I am only an expert on Tuesdays between 8 and 11 am, so take this for what it is worth, but I think what you are doing sounds extreme and that your body is saying, "hold on to every calorie that comes our way because she is trying to starve us!!" It would be really interesting to see if you bumped up your calories (with highly nutritious foods) and cut back slightly on your exercise to see if the scale started moving for you.

And about the hips, a PE instructor once told me that women naturally lose weight from the upper body first in order to protect our reproductive system, so that is why the waist (and in my case, boobies) go away and the hips stay! :-)

BCB said...

And *I* am only an expert during the time it takes to comment on this blog, but I say quit screwing around and get those damn thyroid levels tested. Tout de suite.

aphapona: the condition of being an occasional expert

The Merry said...

Nutritious foods?

The doc told me I was, and this is a quote, "eating too many fruits and vegetables."

And yeah... I know... gotta go get the blood test... which means fasting the night before, which means being organized and /remembering/ to fast the night before, which means...

Theresa said...

Nutritious foods also include things like whole grains, healthy fats, legumes and such. ;)


The Merry said...

No need to duck unless you're a quack ;)

I agree with that list, and I'm eating all of them except not so much the grains.