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Experiment worked.........but. Yeah, there's always a 'but!'

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!

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WATERFELON 1/10/2012 10:32AM

    Hehe I just wanted to see what would happen if I ate a little more, see how much I ~could~ eat without gaining any weight back, or see what the upper limit is at my current weight and still lose my goal of 5 pounds a month. I was reading an article here on SP about how if you eat too little, you could be slowing your metabolism and losing muscle mass rather than fat. It was just a little experiment to check that all out.

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QUEEN_REINA 1/10/2012 2:08AM

    Well, at least you got to eat more calories for those 3 days lol. I'm not really sure what the point of the experiment was but congrats on losing the 1 1/2 lbs!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/8/2012 2:38PM

    Interesting test.

Do remember that your body's calorie needs do change as you lose weight. At 55 pounds lighter, you'd need less calories to maintain the body. (I sometimes use one of those BMR calculators and fill in the numbers at various points in my journey just to see where I'll be eventually.

(For example, at my current weight, one calculator gives a BMR of 1735. For the same info, but 55 pounds lighter, it gives a BMR of 1500.)

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7356WILMA 1/8/2012 1:57PM

  Your doing good!!

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KIMYNAN 1/8/2012 1:05PM

    WTG! Good Luck!

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Going to try an experiment.

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!

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WATERFELON 1/5/2012 11:32AM

    Yeah, smart calories has definitely been in there. Not that a Caramel Machiato in the morning is the best, but there's milk in the coffee and everything else is low or non calorie, so I figure it's just like drinking an extra glass of milk with breakfast! I've been really trying to eat better these past 6 months and I actually ~have~ been eating better, but considering where I started from, that's not saying much! I ~am~ eating better, just not as good as I can and should be. Baby steps are just easier to incorporate into daily living than wild, drastic changes, I think. But as my daughter said, get the weight off, that's your first priority, and learn the rest as you go along! Good advise, I hate it when my kid has more wisdom than I do!

I think you're right, though, and my hypothesis has so far born fruit. Not that 1 day is definitive, but I ate the whole 1450 calories yesterday, did my walking, and was down .2 of a pound this morning (my scale breaks pounds down into 10th for some reason), so I did lose a tiny amount eating that higher calorie dose. Today I'll eat another 1450 calories and go to Zumba and see what happens tomorrow.

Looking forward to tomorrow. If I can continue to eat 1450 calories and still lose weight to meet my 5 pounds a month goal, I'll be just happy as a clam!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 1/4/2012 9:50PM

    I really think you'll be happy with your results as long as the calories you are consuming are "smart" calories for the most part (good food vs empty foods). I see the same thing in my own daily intake--eat at the lower end and lose a little, eat at the upper end and lose more--of course, not getting carried away and eating WAY more, lol.

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7356WILMA 1/4/2012 8:00PM

  Good for you!! Sounds like a plan!!

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Looking forward to 2012! Spelling out my resolutions to stay accountable!

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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WATERFELON 1/2/2012 8:42PM

    We can! I needed to write this all down so I'll see it often. That keeps me accountable and focused, otherwise, yeah, it's too easy to let things slide! Much harder to slide when it's all right there in black and white!

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7356WILMA 1/2/2012 8:33PM

  Sounds doable!! Good Luck!! We Can Do It!!

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SWEETSLADY 1/2/2012 8:33PM

    Great goals and action plans to attain to the goals! emoticon

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