That was pretty much my reaction when SP recommended caloric intake for me read 1200 calories. I really want to lose the weight so I took a look at the "suggested" menu SP provides.
C'mon people, are you telling me that I can only eat 1/2 a chicken breast with 12 pieces of string beans for dinner? Or 2 slices of bread with 2 T of PB & celery slices for lunch? Half a pear as a snack? Who eats half a pear?! LOL
I try to get as much veggies/fruits in my diet as possible. I never ever waste calories eating things like baked potatoes, corn bread, dininer rolls, chocolate, Oreos, etc like in the suggested menu. So why does it seem so hard?! I almost always fall in between 1600-1775 calorie range yet I feel like I'm eating all healthy food...lots of veggies, fruits, dairy, whole grains, etc. I workout at LEAST 4 times per week (and not just walking on the treadmill, I jog the entire time!)...and attend a fitness bootcamp once a week.
But alas, I'm not losing the weight as fast as I think I should (Yes, I know we all have unrealistic expectations).
I've tried taking a peek at fellow SP member's menus. I really can't imagine eating 2 scrambled eggs & tomato slices and a chocolate cookie for dinner. Or half a pita & a slice of cheese for lunch. But this type of menu seems to pop up more often than not.
My work schedule is stable but I still feel like there aren't enough hours in the day. I can't imagine sticking to 1200 calories, I already feel like I snack too much but I'm still hungry! Here's my usual M-F grind. I wish I could eat dinner by 7pm like most people, then just have a small snack around 9 then go to bed!
6:45am Wake up & get ready for work
7:50 Leave the house, head to work
8:30 Arrive at work. Warm up & eat the breakfast I pre-made the night before
10:30 Have a small snack if hungry
1:00 Lunch time
3:30 Have another small snack if hungry
6:00 Leave work, head to the gym. Have a protein/energy bar
7:45 Leave the gym, head home to cook dinner
8:15 Cook dinner & Make snacks/breakfast for tomorrow
9:30 Finish cooking. Pooped. Take a shower. Try to sneak a biteful of dinner. (Very hungry by now)
10:15 Pick up husband from work.
10:30 Have dinner with husband & clean up the kitchen.
11:45 Finally have time to get into bed to wind down.
Anyway, what's my whole point in this rant? Hmmmm....Oh yeah, I almost forgot! I COULD slash my caloric intake down to 1200 and I know I would lose the weight faster than I am now. But how long would I be willing to do that? Is it a lifestyle change really? Or is it just a temporary fix....a band-aid per se. I'm a bit confused as to how this is healthy & it seems that eating that way would make me more susceptible to falling off the bandwagon.
I may look back in a year's time (as I snack on half a pear) & laugh at this blog entry because I was so naive. OR, I may look back in a year's time, while I'm enjoying a Super Sized Extra Value meal from McDonald's, wishing that I had stuck to the 1700 calories/day.
I guess only time will tell!