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EAT 1500 calories a day


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!