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Will I starve to death?

February 24th, 2008 at 09:07 pm

After reading Kim's blog and finding myself in awe of her incredible weight loss, I've decided to start counting calories again.

I should probably preface this by saying I'm not really over weight. I just want to clean up my eating habits while shedding a few inches here and there so even at my ripe ol' age I can still wear a bikini this summer. I'm 5 foot 7 and the last time I checked I weighed 150 pounds, so tomorrow I'm going to weigh myself again and then multiply that weight by 10 and try to keep my daily calorie intake at that amount.

I do run and swim regularly, but I also spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer and a little time noshing on Doritos and Ding Dongs (if the mood should hit me).

What does this have to do with finance? Well, by cleaning up my eating habits, I will be saving money by not buying things like Ding Dongs and -- ultimately -- saving money on health care costs.

My big concern, though, is that even when I was trying to keep my calorie intake at 1,700 calories a day (just a random number that I came up with based on some article I read) I felt like I was always hungry. Anything less than that and I may start gnawing on my nails....






5 Responses to “Will I starve to death?”

  1. debtfreeme Says:

    eat lots of fiber. fiber is what makes you feel full.

  2. reflectionite Says:

    tea always helps me feel full in between meals if i feel peckish. you can try just normal tea with milk, or if you dont want the caffeine maybe try some herbal teas?

  3. clubneary Says:

    I too am 5 foot 7 and weigh 150 pounds. I started at the gym in November and haven't seen a significant reduction in pounds primarily because I haven't changed my eating habits. I need to work on that too. I find it challenging though because not everything I eat comes with a food label telling me how many calories I am consuming. Good luck!

  4. princessperky Says:

    Whole wheat foods make you feel fuller and last longer, combined with milk or at least soup/water (NOT pop or coffee) they tend to feel 'heavy' so a small amount goes a long way.

    Also protien with any sugar (complex carb or simple) will help it last longer.

  5. Aleta Says:

    I've heard a few diet experts talk about the reason people are not losing weight is their metabolism. Most people start out with low caloric intake everyday and I think it doesn't work. Some even suggest eating a litlle more in the beginning to raise your metabolism.

    I also thought her blog entry was inspiring. It's not unlike keeping a log of our finances.

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