Hi Nancy and Sherri -
I'll chime in on this discussion if you don't mind! I must have the slowest metabolism in the world. Seems like I can barely have 1200 calories to maintain. My surgery date was 9/20/04 and I had reach my goal range (betw. 124 and 128) by 1-yr. anniversary date. Had repair of mega-hernia, TT, breast reduction and lift in 11/05.
During my weight loss mode my doctor advised 70 g of protein, 30 g of carbs and no bread rice past potatoes beans or fruit. I pretty much stuck to it and as a result really and truly changed my eating habits for the first time in my life. i was so thankful to add back in fruit, that was what I missed the most. Even now, I eat simple carbs very seldom.
sample day: breakfast is almost always an IDS protein shake in the blender with a whole banana and a whole bunch of ice cubes. belgian chocolate is my fave--so good and so filling, about 230 calories with the banana. occasionally i'll have a zoneperfect bar instead (210 calories) or a south beach meal replacement bar (210 calories).
lunch is usually chunks of turkey (3 oz.) and 2% cheese (3/4 oz.) and a piece of fruit usually a juicy orange. sometimes i'll also have a small salad with some lowfat dressing, i love a brand called olde cape cod in balsamic vinegraitte. so lunch is under 300 cal. today for lunch i brought one of those pouches of starkist tuna creations--herb and garlic. 1 pouch is 200 cal, 0 carbs, 32 g protein and tasty and filling! also love those south beach wrap kits.
afternoon snack is usually another IDS protein shake with strawberries or blueberries in the blender. usually use the frozen strawberries or blueberries from costco and they replace ice cubes. it comes out SO thick. sometimes i throw in a few packets of splenda if i'm in a sweet mood. if i need to crunch i'll pop 5-6 non-roasted almonds (from trader joe).
dinner is some kind of fish, meat or chicken, usually grilled, probab ly 3-4 oz. and some veggies, salad. try to have fruit for dessert. last night i went to the gym at 6:30 and when i came home i had a huge wedge of watermelon. i know it's high carb but after all i wasn't obese because i ate too much watermelon, haha!
i work out hard 3-5 times a week, gotta keep moving. i work with a personal trainer 1-2x a week, also do intense conditioning classes at fitness first, bike riding/running on weekend, etc. my biggest problem is i eat way more than i should on friday, saturday, sunday after being totally disciplined monday through thursday! does anyone else have that problem. it's not like i go crazy like in the old days or anything but i definitely don'****ch or count numbers or anyting and at this point i feel like i can eat ALOT.
so how do i stay disciplined on the weekends? any advice? sandy