I feel a bit better today, but my face is a bit achy. I've been taking meds and pushing through everything, but it's difficult. I just feel tired and sluggish all day. It's hard to do anything when your head feels like a blob. :/ And that is the best possible description. I'm not being a lardy or anything. I cleaned the kitchen (including the nasty island chairs; thanks kids!) and worked on laundry and did the regular pick up plus helped oldest with some school work. Also helped the hubby to finish a project. But I did nothing beyond that. Well, except using up a bunch of veggies in the fridge to make a stir-fry. lol I still have a bunch of celery and carrots left. The celery is soft, but cooked still tastes really really good! Makes me feel bad that for the last few years, if I had it and it got soft I had thrown it out. Sometimes I made it into soup but usually it got composted. Anyways, since I have some left and carrots, I am thinking about popping some mushrooms in there and making a soup. I don't have any fresh roasted chicken, but I was thinking of roasting a couple of breasts and shredding them in it. Then maybe adding some taco seasoning and VOILA! I really am trying to get more veggies/fruits in there to see if the volume thing will work for me. I'd like to say I feel good about it, but so far I'm just struggling to eat that much. I'm thinking I may be a quality over volume eater. I'd much rather have some good cheese than a big bowl of lettuce. Not that I don't like lettuce cause I do. But you get what I mean.
Anyways, been playing with the MFP calculator and seeing how it works, what it's suggestions are and etc. It says that to lose half a pound a week (my previous goal) that I need to eat 1800 cals a day. That's sorta crazy to me, but I guess it makes sense in some way. I'm bigger and I know the bigger you are the more calories you need. As I lose, that calorie window will get smaller. I ate 1765 yesterday. I didn't exercise formally yesterday. Some part of me is like, screw what they say I should do and go back to 1600. The other part of me wants to just ride this out for a bit and see how it works for me. It's not like I'm in any huge rush or anything. I just want to keep making progress. And honestly, it's fun seeing how I'm doing on everything. Not just with cals but with sodium, fiber, etc. That's pretty neat. :) I hope I have it set right. I have mine set as 'Lightly Active'. I am not super active but always after a 3yr. old and whatnot. I'd say, honestly, I'm somewhere between 'Sedentary' and 'Lightly Active'. It just depends on the day. I feel like most of the time I'm running like crazy. Then there are days I just sit. This week has been a mix... I wish I felt better. I don't feel awful just not great. Well, at least today. lol
Back to what I was saying. I'm enjoying playing with all the MFP settings to see where I want to be. What I don't like is the thing at the bottom that says if you eat like this you'll be here in 5 weeks. I think I am going to ignore that feature. Another poster complained about it and I'm with him. It's annoying. I like the basic guidelines and ideas of it, but I don't like that little projection at the bottom. Instead of making me feel motivated, it makes me feel discouraged. And I'm not sure why. It just... does. I think because using the 5 week projection sounds so... far away. And the loss seems so minimal. It's weird to me. lol I guess I'm weird. But I will keep playing with the different settings to see if I want to do what they suggest or if I want to do what I was doing and so on. But for now it's new and fun and well... I do feel motivated to put in my food and all that. lol I am a bit frustrated with putting some foods in -- their database is pretty long and some things are duplicates in name but have different cals. So, I'm having to get things set up initially. I like that it keeps track of the things you typically eat and keeps those so that you don't have to look it up each time.