First of all, let me say that my diet is going really well. I am not constantly hungry anymore. I eat all the same foods that I like, just in smaller portions. I am already halfway to my weight loss goal!

However, last night, I binged. Jacob and I went to Golden Corral, which for those of you who don’t know, is a huge buffet of mediocre foods. Of course, to a college kid, mediocre is like a feast fit for royalty.

I thought it would be fun to binge. I ate the way I used to eat at Golden Corral as a kid: two plates of food plus a dessert. I have never left Golden Corral feeling good, I was always overstuffed. Last night it was worse than I ever remember feeling!

I will admit that it was fun to eat pot roast, chicken, Mac and cheese, rice and beans, mashed potatoes, and all of that. It all tasted really good. However, feeling crappy afterwards greatly outweighed the fun of eating. Since I have started my diet I had not felt bloated or over-full. Last night I was so over full it hurt to move! Also, when I weighed myself this morning, I was four pounds heavier than the previous day!

All in all, I think this was a positive experience because now I know that the fun of binging is not worth the discomfort that follows. I’m not concerned with the resulting pounds I put on, I’m young and they will come off fast now that I’m back to the grindstone!

Today I have pretty much purged, insomuch as it is 1PM and I’ve only consumed coffee and water. Haha, I wonder how long it will take me to feel hungry after that feast last night! Probably only a few hours more 😛

Food journal

Ok SO. Since working out has not helped me improve my weight at all, I’m gonna have to go on a diet as well. This is not going to be easy. I know I eat a lot.

I looked on a couple websites to see how many calories a day I should be eating to have weight loss. One website was this funky calculator. It made me put in my weight loss goals. I have a number of pounds that I want to lose, but not really a time scale in which I want to do it. I said 20 lbs in six months, and the calculator said I should be eating 1400-1500 calories a day to achieve this.

Another website was an article describing how to figure out your target caloric intake based on your body weight. It says the number of calories you should theoretically eat to maintain your weight is your weight in pounds x14. For me this is 150×14=2,100. Then, the article says you should take of 15-35% of that number, depending on how fast you want to lose weight. The article used 30% in its example, so I did too. That put me at 1,470 calories a day.

Ok, now I’ve got my goal… And it seems intimidating. I will keep a food journal to see how this works out.

Today I wrote down everything I have eaten and it came out to 1,257 calories. Ok so WHY AM I FAT? Well probably because on average I eat more than that. Ugh. This sucks. I KNOW I can be 130 lbs. I was there! How did I ever do it? Oh that’s right, depression. Well, I must find a way to lose the weight in a healthy manner this time.