EAT 1500 calories a day

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November 2011

 

 


Stacia’s personal challenge of the week is eating a maximum of 1500 a day for weight control. To see her upcoming challenges, check out her challenge of the week page under the Agenda tab.

 

 

 

 
You can pretty much say that I overate a bit and I went hungry for a bit throughout the week. Let’s just say I went above and below 1500 calories, but nowhere close. So… I failed! Boo-hoo. I guess from the very start, I didn’t have a strong enough reason to actually challenge myself eating 1500 calories a day, that’s why I failed.

Anyway, I guess this is a learning experience. Not a failure.

I learn that I am the kind of person who loves to break rules, who is completely spontaneous, who loves good food but generally loves healthy foods, so this body naturally loves health and therefore is naturally healthy. And I feel good about that. A moment of gratitude right there.

I also learn that portion control is a necessity. In life, God is the only portion that I need. Food, then, just like everything else, should have its own limits at its own limited time. When you got a one-hour lunch break, you’re not going to eat 1000 calories, obviously. That’s American (And I’m not) (Guys, I’m joking). I’ve been eating so much less than that my whole life. And I rarely snack – I’ve always followed the traditional 3 meals a day and maintained an average of 500-800 calories per meal. If I do snack, it’s really just bits and pieces of dark chocolate and many cups of green tea just after my afternoon nap.

Speaking of naps, I remember: I’ve taken up java again (See: Starting to sip coffee and all).

I’m also the kind that can drink a cup of black coffee for a minute and then sleep after that. Generally, I don’t worry too much and don’t get myself depressed with anxiety anymore. I still do, but not as much as it affects others around me. I think coffee as my antidepressant. So I’m glad that I’m drinking it again, alongside my green tea.

I also think that I want to change the rules here: This is not a weekly challenge per se. This is a however-long-it-takes-to-make-or-change-a-habit challenge. A week is not enough for normal people to develop habits. It takes roughly 21 days for a habit to form permanently. I don’t necessarily want to set up new goals every 21 days, or 30 days, or within a year, or whatever – it all depends on where I am in my life right now and what I want to change at this moment. And when I succeeded, I’ll share with you all about it here in my blog. So, strip away that ‘weekly’ challenge into the general term ‘challenges’, like, those you face in life.

Right now, I’m thinking of do-something-a-day challenge that will reap benefits in the long run. You know, like if you save a dollar a day and within a year you will have 365 dollars in your savings account. That kind of thing.

That will take time for me to think about. Because I’m thinking about doing-something-a-day thing that everyone is doing too. I want to find my meaning.

That’s why we are all here, right?

Let’s get away from the heavy subject. Today I bought  GNC’s Ultra Nourish-Hair supplement after reading plenty of positive reviews online. Its star nutrient is biotin, which is responsible for healthy glow of your hair and the growth of your nails. Although my hair grows noticeably within the past four months I’ve last been on vacation mood, I still want to speed up the process of it, along with snack on nori seaweed (which is high in Biotin content). Today marks the day of the calendar that I’m taking this supplement. I am going to consistently see whether there are results or not in the next weeks to come.

Just wait and see, long mane!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Muchaluva,
Stace

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SALUNA: Story of a girl

Once, there was a little girl who reads. A lot.

 

 

She would spend all day in her room, hiding underneath the sheets, holding her glow-in-the-dark watch close to the paperback classic. She read words upon words, she gets ideas by the second, and those ideas go away whenever she’s done reading.

To prevent this from happening, she tried to write those ideas down in her own words. On a piece of paper, she wrote down the following words:

My name is Luna. People call me Sal.

On the right-hand side of the page, just on top of the bottom corner, she wrote:

But I love Luna better, because my family calls me Luna.

She folded the piece of paper into half. She went on opening the piece of paper just as she would whenever she opens up to the Harry Potter series, or the books by Roald Dahl, turning the folded piece into a portrait view, the words she had just written reads like a book.

It’s a story! It’s my story.

Then, she smiled to herself.

I’m going to continue becoming a writer when I grow up.

I’m sure her family will be very proud of her.

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

Saluna and her stories: View all / Diary entries

Hollow heart

Muchaluva,
Stace

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Faith, hope, and love

Available for print from my shop on Etsy.

© 2011, Stacia Priscilla

 

 
Muchaluva,
Stace

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A cup of green tea

© 2011, Stacia Priscilla

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

Starting to sip coffee and all

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November 2011

 

 


Stacia’s personal challenge of the week is eating a maximum of 1500 a day for weight control. To see her upcoming challenges, check out her challenge of the week page under the Agenda tab.

 

OK, first day is fine. I blew off my 1500 limit – but hey! It doesn’t sound that easy. Calories aren’t just numbers. Not all calories are created the same. And you know what, after today, I think I should start photographing my meals, for accountability purposes.

This morning I had a cup of Apples & Cinnamon Quaker Instant Oatmeal with some dark chocolate chips sprinkled on it and lots of pomegranate seeds, some flaxseeds. And then I had a bowl of brown rice topped with cold, salted Japanese vegetables, some small-cut fresh ham, cooked lentil seeds, nori furikake, and a tablespoon of Korean chili paste to mix the whole thing. I know, quick, fancy breakfast, huh?

That’s how big my breakfasts are.

But at night, I eat like a beggar.

For starters, those of you who follow my blog should already be familiar that I tend to eat at about 3000 calories a day. I know it’s crazy – those were the days I do still exercise regularly – but it’s approaching the end of my school semester right now, and I spend most of my time either doing my homework, or researching about my homework, or sitting in front of the computer for hours on Adobe Illustrator. So I just have to limit my caloric intake for now before I restart my exercise routine again.

So, 1500 is half of my usual caloric intake. That should do.

So that breakfast is about 600-700 calories.

And at lunch, I had the perfect California vegetarian lasagna at a local cafe nearby my school building. It has lots of tomatoes and cheese in it, and I love cheese. And it was a huge portion. So I divided it between day and night. And I eyeballed it. And I think it’s about 1000 calories.

So, I blew it off for today. 1600 calories. But that’s okay. At least I’m close.

Anyway, I don’t want to be a hypermaniac who counts her specific number of caloric intake everyday. I’m just gonna eyeball everything. So, everything is inaccurate. But at least I can notice the results in time, right? Of course I won’t predict my tummy and thighs are going to get back to normal after last weekend by the end of this week, so I am thinking of continuing this challenge for the following week after this one. But we’ll see.

By the way, I just bought an instant coffee, and I haven’t been drinking coffee for the last 2 years – just plain old tea. As a teenager I have always drink green tea. But coffee is just for keeping me awake during my college years in the past. And to survive the last few weeks of the semester, I think I’m going to need coffee. It acts as an appetite suppressant too, so I don’t go reach out for late-night snacks, which goes directly to my love handles and muffin top.

OK. Let me get back to my work.

For those who are interested in incorporating healthy meals, maximizing nutritional benefits to your daily diets while energizing yourself with the least amount of calories you would like to take, follow Sarah-Jane’s blog, Eat Like Me, on Self magazine – she takes pictures of her meals, which inspires me to take pictures of my meals too.

 

 

 
Muchaluva,
Stace

 

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