Fair warning – for the next few weeks there will be blog posts about my diet and dieting. You have been warned.

As you may or may not know, I need to lose somewhere between 13-15 pounds. It isn’t a lot of weight. However, it’s been pretty stubborn.

I have successfully lost weight in the past by counting calories and logging everything that I eat, as I eat it. My problem? Even the thought of doing that right now is too much. I do not have the brain space or focus or spoons or whatever you want to call it. Counting calories at every meal at this point would make me crazy. (Crazier.)

But I really want to get this weight off. It’s going to be much easier to do it now, in the spring/summer, when I’m so active. As opposed to the winter when it’s harder to get out.

I am already on a low-carb diet, have been pretty hard core keto for a while now. I’m in ketosis almost every day. I regularly do intermittent fasting – I only eat two meals a day, lunch and dinner. Yet, I’ve gained weight.

I assume there are a few reasons why:

–I’m older than I used to be. This is the year when I feel as though most everything is slowing down, actually.
–Because I’m older, I need less fat than I used to. I need to adjust my percentages.
–Ditto on the older part, I now need less protein than I used to.
–Ditto again on older, I am eating too many calories. My system has just slowed down.

So what am I going to do?

Starting off, I figured I should acquire some data. Which means counting calories. (Sigh)
The good news? I’ve discovered that I can use the MyFitnessPal on my computer. I don’t have to use it on my phone.

For the next week, I’m gathering data. I’ve been entering in all the meals I’m going to eat before I eat them. This gives me something to track against. It also removes some of the planning element, so I’ll know what I’m going to eat instead of randomly snacking.

What I’ve learned so far:

–I eat too many calories. Already knew that.
–I actually don’t eat too much fat. I still need to do things like add avocado oil to my salads in order to get the fat I need.
–I eat WAY too much protein. Holy crap. I had no idea that I was eating that much protein on a regular basis.

According to my FitBit, I burn 1500+ calories per day, on average, over the last 28 days. My goal is now 1400 calories per day. Did that yesterday. Am hungry this morning, but I figure the hunger will only last for a few days as my body/stomach adjusts.

Next week, I’m planning on reducing my calories drastically for a few days. That way the amount of time that I’m dieting and tracking food won’t be as long. More on that later.

So have you ever gone on a fast before? 12 hours? 24 hours? Tell me about it!

Hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful week!