Lesson Learned: Measure your food, people!

Some background info: About 6 years ago, I was a bit overweight and lost 30+ lbs to get to a nice middle-of-the-healthy-BMI range. (Also, please excuse my constant switching back-and-forth between metric and imperial units, I’m American but live in Europe so I use both all the time). I am 5’4″ and got down to 130lbs. That wasn’t my goal weight, but I wear my weight very well because I have a big booty for a white girl, a tiny waist, and kinda big boobs (DD what up). I have maintained this weightloss all this time.

Recently, due to… well, life, I gained back about 10lbs, getting up to almost 64 kilos. That was way too much, when I like to hover around 59 kilos. Plus, I would really like to lose those last few five pounds beyond that and try to get a flat tummy for the first time in my life, maybe down to 57 or even 56 kilos. My tummy never protrudes much (a shirt easily hides it), but still, I would like to see if it’s possible for me to do on my own without getting too crazy at the gym and without losing too much weight.

So, back to my diet that I’ve been back on since early December (great time to go back on a diet, right?). Obviously, I know how to count calories, what it takes to lose and maintain a weightloss, etc.

This time, though, it wasn’t working. I know what that means: I’m counting wrong. I have to be. And I knew exactly where to look.

If someone said to me, “Niff, you must choose one of your meals each day to be a salad,” I would totally say, “Cool!” because my favorite salad ever is feta-walnut-cranberry with a balsamic vinagrette dressing and I can literally eat this forever and all day every day. I also add sunflower seeds, mixed greens, onion, and cucumber. Yum yum yum.

I am usually pretty good at eyeballing food measurements after having, well, dieted so successfully. Today, though, I actually measured out my toppings for my favorite salad.

Excuse the French but HOLY JESUS CHRIST was I underestimating the feta and the walnuts (and probably the cranberries, too). What I was logging as 100 calories for the feta was actually 275 calories and God knows how many walnuts I was actually putting in when I was logging it as 20g. Well… Lesson learned!!


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