Thursday, October 25, 2012
Today, I am thankful for a recent paradigm shift I had which has moved me off the plateau I had been on.
I had been trying to eat 1500 calories a day. Every day regardless of my activity/non-activity level.
My only workouts currently are 25-35 minute runs, 3 days a week. I am purposely starting at 3/30 minute workouts because I know that I will never be able to eat less calories than I am now and eventually I will need to add workouts to continue to lose weight.
For about 3 weeks, I had been stuck in a lose 1 pound, gain 1 pound cycle. Frustrating. Then, I started analyzing my data in both SP and FitBit and realized that I was not eating enough on workout days and eating too much on non-workout days.
It was a Homer Simpson "D-oh" moment.
I started thinking, I want to lose 2 pounds per week...I need to burn 7000 calories more each week than I eat. The FB website easily provides this info to me in real time on my dashboard. To break it down further, I need a calorie deficit of 1,000 per day. This gets me enough food to support me on workout days and keeps me in check on non-workout days.
Also, focusing on a weekly deficit instead of a set calorie range, I don't feel horrible if (when) I overeat at one meal or on one day since I can average it out over a week's time.
I started this "new method" 2 weeks ago and I'm down 3 pounds. I have more energy when I run (I had been dragging if I ran in the afternoons vs mornings).
On workout days, I can burn almost 3000 calories for the day. So, I can enjoy about 2000 calories of food. Non-workout days, I burn about 2300-2400 calories. So, that puts me in the 1300-1400 range.
I'm proud of myself that I allowed myself to view something from a new angle and tried something different. Different is good.