Maybe I will try tracking myself. I've been told that it's really very common for women to overestimate the calories they take in. I've even had someone tell me that if I thought I had eaten close to 3000 calories in a day I'd be wrong because in all their time as a nutritional consultant they'd never seen a woman who did that without a lot of coaching.
Originally Posted by magnolia1973
Anyway, what I have been eating lately:
1 large boneless skinless chicken breast or if I'm not as hungry, half
1 sweet or white potato
Another serving of meat (either the other half of the breast or a can of salmon or I'll buy some Asian buffet teriyaki chicken.)
A serving of mixed vegetables from the Asian buffet or another potato
Another serving of meat or fish
More vegetables and/or potatoes
Bad naughty stuff that keeps me fat:
Chocolate (damn Valentine's day, damn my personal weakness)
Wine (damn those convenient boxes)
Cheese (I'm eating much less of this these days, thankfully)
Snacks that may or may not contribute to my fatness:
Desserts made of nuts, dates, seeds and coconut
I think that if I would just quit with the chocolate and wine I would probably lose weight even if I ate more meat, vegetables and potatoes. I assume this is a generous amount of calories because it's well over the "meat as a condiment" or "meat the size of your palm" portion, plus it's a generous portion of meat 3x a day, something I've never done before. There's no added fat though, so perhaps the calories aren't that high (in the real food anyway). It's a lot of volume, though. I have to stress that these mutant chicken breasts I buy are enormous. Cheap, too, which is how I can afford it. The top sirloin I buy sometimes is really cheap, too. Not grass-fed or pastured. I save the good stuff for dinner.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2