Hey there! I'm MM, and I'm a compulsive overeater with a pure hatred of physical activity and battler of Hashimoto's Disease (hypothyroid precursor). I'd like to join the skinny girl club.
Backstory: I'm trying to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon after almost 5 years of being on and off. I'm 5"4, and my BMI is 27.4. I've lost about 5 lbs since January, but fizzled out and have been maintaining within 1-2 lbs of my current weight. This past week I decided to try and take it seriously while my FI, who is an incredible cook (and baker of fresh bread, curse him) is out of town. I use WW e-tools to track my foods and weight, a vestige of the days when I used WW to lose my post-NYC-living/law school weight.
I am trying to have a realistic goal of getting down to the lowest weight I can remember being as an "adult," which is 135. I've got 25 lbs to go. I'm also planning to get married next year, which you would think would be supremely motivating, but being the incredible procrastinator I am, it's just not doing it for me.
So I need some help. I know what I have to do food wise- stay strong and stay away from the carbs. For all intents and purposes, I'm a vegetarian. I keep strictly kosher and kosher meat, cheese, and fish is not widely available where I live (and is supremely expensive) so it's all too easy to turn to the pasta, potatoes, and rice. But thanks to Alisha_A and some others, I've gotten some great ideas for healthy and filling salad and meal ideas and have discovered the joy that is fat free greek yogurt.
What I'd love from you guys is some help figuring out just about how many points/calories I should be eating and the best way to get on an exercise plan- and how to adjust my eating accordingly. Whenever I've had bursts of motivation and ran/walked for weeks at a time, I gained weight without changing my eating habits. This freaks me out. WW has me on a 22 point (1100 cals/day) target, with the extra 35 points per week to spread out (1350 if I eat on average 5 extra pts. per day, which I seem to do). I've calculated my BMR which is 1517 on some sites and 1617 on others....?
I work from home and have plenty of time, and a treadmill, 3 lb free weights, a medium resistance band, and a yoga mat. And access to FitTV. And a pedometer. And steady stream of dogs that come and go (we foster) that would love to go for walks. Joining a gym is not an option right now- besides, when I had a gym membership in the past, I never went and wasted about 3-4k. Not cool.
Any ideas for me? Any advice on how to go about incorporating exercise into my routine without the dreaded "not eating enough" causing my body to hang on to every ounce? I'd love to retry C25k for the 3rd time (first time, fizzled at week two, 2nd time, fizzled at week 3) as running is free and seems like a worthwhile pursuit. But I'm not sure 3 days a week is really enough...
TIA if you've made it this far!