Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Three weeks ago I decided to greatly up my exercise. I not only more than doubled my cardio minutes (elliptical and exercise bike) but I went from sitting at a computer nearly all day to actively gardening, digging, mowing, spring cleaning my house etc.
Week 1 of the upped activity I lost 0.8.
Week 2 I lost 0.7.
Week 3 I lost 0.5.
Today I sat down and looked at my food journal for the past three weeks. I think I found the problem. Strange as it may seem - I think I need to eat MORE.
I went to My Fitness tab and adjusted my cardio to match the minimum I'm now getting. My caloric intake range jumped to 2,180 - 2,530. Four of the 7 days I had over 100 minutes of cardio - IF I sustained that every day my caloric intake would be 2,580 - 2,930!!!
There is the problem. I've been averaging 1700-1800 calories a day intake and my protein is on the low side. It goes against my thought process to eat more but here is my plan for this week.
I'm going to try to hit the minimum based on 60 minutes of cardio a day. If I have an extreme fitness day (over 100 minutes) I'll eat at the top of my range (which would be the bottom of my range if I did that EVERY day). I'm also going to try to up my protein.
Do not misunderstand my post. I'm delighted that in 3 weeks I have lost 2 pounds which now puts me over 64 pounds lost but I think I could be losing a little more given my activity. I'm willing to try it for one week just to see what happens.