Early days…

It’s so difficult for me to stay within my calories on the days my work schedule shifts me to the beginning of the day! When I work 2-11, I basically do intermittent fasting, with calorie counting. I don’t eat before work, I don’t eat at all until 4pm, when I have something small, usually trail mix. Then a sizable meal at 6 and again at 11, no more food after I eat at 11, bedtime at 2am. I get meals where I feel full, I don’t stress much about ‘bad’ foods because if they sneak in, they usually fit, and my weight has been going down.

When I work early shifts, like today’s 8am – 5pm, or yesterdays 6am – 3pm, fitting my food into that same type of window just isn’t possible! my window for food is usually about 7 hours, with a slight adjustment up sometimes if I get out of work late. I can’t do those hours when I’m working so early! I’m on my feet all day moving around, and if I don’t eat during that time, I get really dizzy or I get a bad headache. My window, when I work the late shift, is slightly offset from my work schedule. It opens 2 hours after I get to work when I take a break, and it closes shortly after I get off work, after I eat my meal at the end of the day. On 6-3 days, that would mean my window to eat is only open from like 8am to 3pm-ish. or 10am to 5pm-ish today. NOT going to work for me. So I suspend my IF type rules, and then eat a little more spread out. So I can’t eat the meals like I’m used to. I try to do a large lunch meal, mid work shift, then have a graze type meal when I get home, and a larger meal later. So far, it’s been working, but it hasn’t been super easy.

Luckily for me, I don’t seem to be as uber sensitive to carbs as some people, but I am pretty sensitive to sodium, so I try to keep that under 1800mg (MOST OF THE TIME I succeed). Today I went over 1800 by a little bit because I didn’t realize there was so much sodium in the BBQ sauce I put on my chicken. I’ve been drinking extra water to see if that helps. But I wouldn’t be surprised at a gain on the scale tomorrow.

Had a good workout today with my Leslie Sansone DVD! I decided to stop after mile 2, because my ankle was starting to protest. (I’m currently using 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk DVD), then later after some ice and ibuprofen got up and did mile 1 again. It felt good to get up and move, and I LOVE how the 12 minutes seem to just pass in a blink during the workout. 🙂

Wedding approaching…

17… well, since it’s after midnight here on the east coast, I guess it’s technically 16… days until I get married. I don’t think I’m gonna make it to 269 like I’d been hoping for 🙁 but I’m still gonna push like it’s possible. I’ve started using “myfitnesspal” to keep track of my calories, and “hydrate” to keep track of my water (both free apps on the android market).

I like to keep my calories between 1600-1800, higher on the days when I exercise, lower on the days I don’t. Myfitnesspal says I should consume 1770 calories per day (with 3 times weekly 30-minute workouts) in order to lose 2lbs per week. According to my apps (cause lord knows I couldn’t survive without them) I had 1551 calories today, and 81.8oz of water. My water goal is 80oz or more every day. I’m also trying to keep my sodium down, because the doctor said I’ve got blood pressure issues. Though according to my own personal tracking, my blood pressure is rarely over 110/75 (with some spikes of course, as I stress about the approaching wedding).

The next few days of work are gonna be kinda wonky. My shifts until the wedding are as follows: 11a-8p, 10a-7p, 6a-3p, 8a-5p, OFF, OFF, 2p-11p, 2p-11p, 10a-7p, 2p-11p, OFF, 7a-4p, 7a-4p, 7a-3p, 7a-4p, OFF, WEDDING! It’s hard to get into a routine when I don’t have a regular schedule! ugh! At least when it’s 2-11 all the time, I can plan everything out around times all week and things are easy. But this is ridiculous! I hope I can keep on plan… *sigh*

Time to get that bracelet…

Just a quick check in… the scale this morning told me I can say good bye to the 280s for good! 278.2 and falling. I’m so excited! TOM didn’t ruin my week or my progress… 4.2lbs this week! I am so thrilled. I love when it falls off quickly like that!

I can’t write too much right now, as I have to head back to work, but I will definitely do a better update after busy-life dies down after Easter.
Have a good day everyone!