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Losing 24 lbs and trying to maintain it – my annoying way that you might not like…

9 Aug

Loosing 24 lbs and trying to maintain it - my annoying way that you might not like...

I’ve started my “lose weight” journey on March 18th, that’s when the Christian Orthodox lent started. Last year I’ve lost 7 lbs following it, not even paying attention on how that happened.

This year I started to feel that I need to loose some extras, not because I was fat or anything, but because I wasn’t feeling comfortable in my skin.

I exercised 2-3 times a week, and ate healthy food. You wouldn’t see me eating fast food or drinking soda. So the point was not on fitness or quality of food, but the quantity of it. Obviously.

Being on lent basically means being vegan. I did it last year and felt amazing, but fell off the wagon when I went to visit my homeland. They don’t have many food options back to Ukraine for vegans. And forget about greens! I wasn’t eating meat of course (not eating it since the end of 2011), but started to consume a lot of dairy again. Lost a little bit there still, because there was a lot of walking, but gained it back in US quickly.

So what worked for me – calories counting plus vegan lifestyle (I don’t want to call it diet, hate that word).

It is hard, and very annoying, but it pays off. You can really eat what you like, as long as you stay within your calories budget. But if you’re on 1500 a day, like I was during the “loosing phase”, you won’t have many options if you eat dairy, for example. One piece of cheese is 100+. And it’s so small! I better eat cup of cherries or an apple.

So the point it to find food that is big in volume, but is low on calories. And what can it be? Vegetables of course.

I have this magazine Vegetarian Times, and when I see something that has 250 calories per serving, and the serving is 1-1 1/2 cups, it means I’m already cooking it!

While doing that, I keep exercising, and I can do so much more now. I can lift more weights, I can do more intense cardio. And guess what? The day when I exercise I can eat more! So I try to exercise at least 3 days a week, the goal is 4. Because really, I’m pretty much always hungry and always excited when I know I can have that extra meal.

So I’ve lost 24 lbs (plus minus, but I’m below my goal weight, and don’t want to loose any more), and on 1700 a day now. When I exercise, it’s about 2000-2100 a day. That’s what my BMR is.

I went from size 29-28 jeans to 26-27. From size 8 dress to 6. From size M to S. I have troubles finding clothes that fit from my closet and still figuring out what to wear on many cases. I’ve got new ones but I have this fear that I’ll buy it all and next summer won’t be able to fit in them

I hope I can maintain it. If I gain it back, don’t throw stones in me please:) Keeping my old closet just in case;)

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