I'm ok. I promise!
I keep writing (and then deleting but y'all are so concerned that I'll post it,) that I'm a 5'4" 197lb powerlifter.
I've set two state records: 335lb deadlift and 200lb bench press. I lift very very heavy and have not seen any slide in my strength or energy since April 15th. (www.wabdl.org
if any one here lifts and is looking for a great organization.) My current personal best is a 350lb deadlift and I'm hoping to gear up and take a new record of a 245 bench press in May '08. I know my body and I work closely with my doctor and I've been lifting since 2002. I'm ok with some body fat disappearing and if I see any decrease in strength then I'll add some money to the food budget but so far I've noticed no change.
Y'all are nice to worry about me though. Thanks!
(And who said anything about a clear broth soup? I wrote my soup has corn, onion, celery, rice, string beans, peas and lots of chicken. I'd put that closer to 500-600 calories. On top of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks I'm around 1400 a day to my way of thinking. My body burns 1650 a day, so my doc says, so I'm dropping some body fat. Again 17 pounds in 18 weeks is 1/2 of what most diets recommend you lose. 2 pounds of week is the rule of thumb for a reasonable diet.)
Ok Cady, it's your body so I won't keep bugging you but I'm worried about you. That 1650 calories/day that your body burns is the base number if you just sit in one spot and breathe. If you do more than that, you need more calories. Anything less than 1650 means you aren't even consuming enough calories to do basic body functions which means that your body is eating itself in order to give you energy.
As an athelete, you probably need at least 2500 calories/day. As someone in training you probably need even more than that since you can't build muscle if you're not bringing in calories.
I'd seriously suggest you talk to a nutritionist about your diet because I think you're only taking in about half of what you probably really need. Most joe schmoes can manage their diet ok on their own but as an athelete you have special requirements that need to be met if you don't want to damage yourself.
My ex used to be a power lifter and he wasn't even competitive. But he was on a 4500 cal/day diet just to maintain.
As far as the contents of your soup, they're good, but clear broth soups (which is what yours is, no matter what the content) generally have less calories because of a lower fat content.
Just be careful and really think about talking to a nutritionist.