Sunday, January 08, 2012
So last week I deliberately upped my calorie intake to 1450 for the last 3 days of the week-Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. At that level, I lost 1/2 a pound. My exercise for those 3 days was Zumba on Thursday, and a 1.5 mile walk at lunchtime on Friday.
So, my hypothesis played out, at least for that short duration. I'm enough of a scientist to know that 3 days does not a trend make! I still lost some weight, but not nearly at the pace I had been. And not nearly at the rate that I need--OK, I ~want!~-to to be able to cut myself some slack on the weekends in case I have any social engagements come up that mess up my eating plan.
So, maybe when I reach my goal later this year (yes, that's some positive reinforcement for the today!), this was a good lesson to learn for when I transition over to maintenance. At 1450 calories a day, I was still losing a tad, so when I transition over I can start at 1450 and fine tune it to fit my new weight. My ~new~ hypothesis is that when I'm another 55 pounds lighter later this year (more positive reinforcement!), 1450 will be too many calories for that weight. So I'll have to see how it works out, but 1450 is still good to have as a possible baseline.
Experiment successful! Now back to 1200 calories. The journey continues!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
This is not completely scientific, but here's the deal.
The last 2 days I've eaten towards the higher end of my self-determined maximum calorie intake. I have lost 3 pounds in 4 days, and that was with missing Zumba class yesterday! I suspect my arbitrarily self-determined calorie restriction range has been inadequate up until now and may account for why my weight loss swung so wildly during November and December.
So, today (Wednesday), I am going to walk my 3 mile loop at lunch time to make up for Zumba, and make myself eat around 1450 calories, that's an additional 150 calories over my max. Those extra calories coming in the form of a Starbuck's Caramel Machiato that I had with my breakfast this morning!
I am doing the walking to make up for Zumba to try to keep my fitness minutes as close to "normal" for me this winter and I want to see what happens when I add those extra calories. My hypothesis is that I will still lose some weight, but not as fast as I have. What I am trying to find is the best calorie range for me within the parameters of my winter fitness routine as I do not walk nearly as much in bad weather as I do in good! And since we'll be in this weather for the next 3+ months, I want to find the upper end of calories I can eat and still lose weight, and still make my goal of 5 pounds a month.
Since I have already lost half of that 5 pounds in 4 days (Yeah!), I am willing to sacrifice the next few days to find that upper range. If I am still down a half pound when I step on the scale tomorrow, that's still above my goal and I'll add another 100 calories on Friday and see what happens.
Wish me luck! I hate to say it, but I'm starting to suspect that what all those diet gurus have been preaching for so many years about eating ~enough~ calories to fuel weight loss rather than restricting calorie intake to the point of slowing metabolism and weight loss......well, they may be right!
Another bright and cheery day on the journey!
Monday, January 02, 2012
Resolution #1-I will incorporate 5 servings of fruits/veggies at least 2 days a week by April 01. 3 days a week by July 01. 5 days a week by October 01, and 7 days a week by years end.
Action plan- Starting next week (meal plan already made for New Years week. That's not an excuse, I've just already done my grocery shopping for the week!), all weekday snacks will be fruit and/or veggie. That will account for 3-4 servings, dinner will have a component as well.
Resolution #2-I will walk at least 200 miles this year.
Action plan- Walk our 4 or 5 mile route once a week as soon as the weather is nice enough. Walk at lunch 3 days a week. Change the routes around to keep it interesting, but 15 miles a week is my goal. Find some local scenic trails to walk/hike where Strummer can go as well.
Resolution #3-Stay on track! 5 pounds a month weight loss until I hit my goal!
Action plan-continue to use SP for meal planning and fitness logs until I reach my goal. Continue to celebrate milestones and forgive slip ups. I will not be too hard on myself to the point of giving up, and I will mix up my meal plans and fitness routines to avoid boredom.
I think that's enough for 2012! Following these 3 resolutions should help me reach my goal by years end. I need to keep my chin up, celebrate milestones, don't get too down when I screw up. Find the balance between structure and consistency in my meal plans and activities while keeping it interesting enough that I don't get bored. I've felt tedium and boredom both this past year while trying to lose weight. Rather than succumb to it, be defeated and deflated by it, and fall off the wagon for a spell, I need to find the challenge in it to move forward.
My motto for this year- Small victories add up to achieving my goals! Mind the details and the goals will take care of themselves!
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