So remember my little weight loss plan? The one that included eating less carbs and less sugar but not really doing much else differently? Aside from the food and drunkfest that was our weekend in Asheville, I really did feel like I was following it. I wasn’t snacking much at all. I stopped eating two slices of bread every single morning. I stopped buying ice cream. And then I stepped on the scale. And the number was higher than the last time I checked which was probably 2-3 months ago or so. So obviously my little weight loss plan wasn’t working.
There have been many times in the past when I’ve tried to count calories. Usually, what happens is that I count through the day and am up to about 1000 by the time I get home from work. I aim for roughly 1500-1600 a day for weight loss so that leaves a decent chunk for dinner. But instead of figuring out a meal that fits into the remaining calories, I would just eat whatever and tally it up when I was done. Because I’m such a snacker, I’d usually end up eating more than I was “supposed” to, going over my allotted daily calorie amount.
But, and here’s the “duh” moment, until recently, I never really thought about viewing it like a bank account. If I find myself eating more than 600 calories in the evening on a regular basis, I should subtract those extra calories from another meal where I don’t “need” it as much.
I also decided to pour some water into a wine glass to see what a proper 5 oz pour of wine looks like. Unlike a beer where you know exactly how much you’re getting, a glass of wine can really differ depending on how heavy the bartender’s hand is. I think I saw in a magazine that it’s a good idea to measure so you can see for yourself and I thought that was smart. Here’s 5 oz in both a red and white wine glass.
Honestly, I was expecting 5 oz to look tiny compared to what I usually get in a restaurant, but it seemed pretty comparable. Why are red and white wine glasses different sizes anyway?
I’m really hoping this works for me. I know that I don’t need to lose a lot of weight and if I never do, ultimately I’m still healthy and that’s what really matters. I think I can do it though. It just requires more planning than I’m used to, but I think it can be done. And that cookie, the one that you guys all couldn’t believe I only ate half, here’s a picture that better illustrates how big it was.