Only half a kilogram loss this week and I feel really stupid. I think I starved myself. Here's the way it worked out.
- Start of week, tinkered with fitness goals, actually in terms of number of minutes of cardio. I left the 'estimate how many calories' unchanged at 5600, i.e. 800 per day.
- Then, checked nutrition tracker. Spark recommended 2000-2300 calories per day, so 'naturally' I decided I knew better and edited it to 1800-2100. D'oh!
- I exercised my blue shoes off all week. Final figures for the 7 days to Saturday: 162km, 1279 minutes, 8216 calories burned.
- Yikes! I've exceeded my calorie burn estimate by about 40%! That's not even the whole story. I don't even track the calorie value of my strength workouts, which are about 3 hours a week ... say another 1000 calories there. Summary: I'm consuming enough to sustain less than 5600, and am working out to over 9200. And I was eating in the lower end of my range all week :-(
Predictably, the scales were flat all week and I did feel like there was not much to spare. On my Friday run, for example, I had that tingling feeling in my legs that tells you that there's just not much energy in the body. I know that feeling well from fasting, it's the low blood sugar level's quite distinctive calling card. I started to twig on the problem Saturday and began to eat more ... lo and behold, the half-kilogram loss I'm reporting fell off me by Monday morning.
Anyway, I'm expecting a quieter week so I've reset my expected calorie burn to 7000 and WILL FOLLOW the recommended Spark level for calorie consumption. Sheesh!
Photo: I live by the Arafura Sea. There's a 4km path around the foreshore that I use for jogging walking. This is the view :-) And before you all head on over, let me note that this photo was taken in May. For a realistic vision of this time of year, paint the sky gunmetal grey and add in a few thunderstorms.