18 Feb Please, Don't Kill Me
…As I am about to reveal my workout regimen.
The thing is…I don’t really workout. When I say I don’t really workout, I mean my Fitbit has been sitting uncharged on my bathroom counter for a month and sometimes walking around the mall makes me heart beat too fast. I’m writing about weight management because I’ve been asked to by dear readers. I’m not an expert, so you don’t have to listen to a thing I say. This is just how I maintain a healthy weight. I promise I’ll start exercising tomorrow so I can get a healthier heart…or the next day…or when it starts to get warmer…someday.
I used to exercise hard a few years ago. I would be angry at myself if I didn’t dedicate at least an hour in the gym five days a week. I’d burn at least 500 calories. I’d chow down the 2000 to 2500 calories as all nutritional labels state 2000 calories as a healthy daily caloric intake. The math on that seemed right. I stayed away from soda, alcohol, grease, packaged foods, and white carbs, but I ate a lot. I’m not one of those people who think, “Oh, I worked out today, now I can get what I want.” I think, “I put so much effort into my workout, so I’m not going to ruin it with junk food and overeating.”
I was very healthy, but I never lost weight with this routine. My 5’6″ frame always stayed about 134 pounds. This is a perfectly gorgeous weight and I was always happy with a full butt. Of course, as an alleged “Kardashian wannabe” I wish I had more ass today. However, I’m proud to say I’ve always had a great body image. I’m not one of those thin girls that say, “OMG! I’m so fat!” At least, I don’t say that often.
My obsession with my workout routine and my strict diet was beginning to interfere with my social life. I was choosing staying in over going to bar trivia night because I didn’t want to be tempted by foundation soda (much more of a delicacy for me than wine) and french fries.
I had to really fuel up before every intense workout to give me stamina. After workouts I was hungry every two hours. Damn you, speedy metabolism, you were so demanding. I decided I needed to chill the hell out.
So first I cooled it down and then I zeroed out when I went to grad school and fought the Freshman 15: Round Two. Those college buffets. *Sigh* (We should talk about The “Bachelor 10” someday.) But when you’re on camera all the time at broadcasting school, you learn quickly that the camera does add ten pounds. I also found I look a lot better without an old school Renee’ Zellweger-style puff to my face. Around this time, I figured out how much food my body actually needs for my activity level, which consists of a lot of time editing and writing at a computer desk.
Alright, here’s the buried lead! Women should not be eating 2000 calories a day. The number we see on every label is really based on the average American male’s recommended intake. Depending on your height and activity level, women should be eating 1300 to 1600 calories a day. At 5’6″ and someone who considers making the bed and cleaning the tub a workout, I shoot for 1400 calories a day to maintain my weight. Once I set this new caloric intake number, I lost 10 pounds in 6 months. I promise you won’t feel hungry. Remember to chug water. (Post on that coming soon.)
How you distribute your eating throughout the day is determined by your schedule and your own preferences. *Reminder* Everything I discuss in this article is pure suggestion based on personal experience. On a daily basis, my eating schedule is roughly like this: Coffee and water keep me full for quite a few hours after waking up. I’ll have two snacks/small lunches in the afternoon at about 200 calories each. I like to save my calories for dinner and eat something that I can really look forward to each night. Caesar salad with salmon, a burger, sushi, tacos, etc. To finish off the day and signify to my body the eating for the day is done, I’ll have a 200 calorie dessert.
I still eat relatively healthy. I try not to eat too many carbs, especially white ones. I’ll have only one or two sodas a week. I strive to incorporate greens. I try to stay away from boxed foods in the pantry and reach for the produce drawer in the fridge instead. I’ll add avocado and sriracha to anything I can to make it more exciting.
The bottom line is I used to be in better shape, but now I like the shape of my face. I also get excited about going to dinner with friends and I look forward to what will be on that plate. I’ve found a balance that works for me. When I start working out tomorrow (date tentative), I’ll you know how it goes.