Monday, September 10, 2012
It has been a while since I blogged and since I know there are people who like to see what's going on in sparklepie's world... here's an update...
I am still just kinds lingering at that 180 weight... I've been doing some random mid week weighs and it ranges anywhere from 179-183... and while 180 was my first goal and I've now adjusted to go for 170 I have noticed that my weight is fluxuating now more than any other time on this journey I started in January. I was always able to have a consisnt loss, each week. I think 180 must be my body's natural plateau weight and honestly if it was not for the tummy, thighs, and arm area I would likely not have even set up for now hitting 170.
I am not sure this is a smart idea... but I'm thinking I'm going to relocate my weigh in day to 1 time per month, using my goal weight reached day as the start date of the essentially first "month" making my next weigh in day in about a week I think.. (I need to check that out to confirm)
I think for me this is a better plan because while for some seeing the numbers not move.. or move up just slighty here and there may be cause for motivation to push harder... for me it si cause for ice cream and giving up... I know this much about myself so it's best I proceed in a way that would give me the best chance to progress..
The tempuratures are going to be cooling down so I will be glad to start adding back outside walking to my routine, and starting to train to at least jog 2K of the 5K color run in January (walking the rest) I have a bad knee and I'm not willing to hurt it anymore just to say I ran a 5K.
With cooler temps outside, inside will be better too so I'll be able to do more inside as well at home. Zumba is going to add another day, so I'm nearly 100% sure I'll pick that up and joining the gym to tone and strength train seems a smart plan so it is likely I will do this shortly as well.
#3- Calorie range and macronutrients and other items... & combined update on my hair loss
I had increased my calories to 1500, fat to 50, carbs to 150 and protein to 113.
Most "tracking" days I am just at or under (I take every other friday off (dinner with partner) and Saturday's, sometimes Sunday's like this weekend with neices and nephews)
I did a little more research, as always to try and pinpoint and readjust so that I can continue to fuel my body, keep a 3,500 shortage so I can continue to lose and get all I need.
I did find that I think since my tummy is my linger issues.. I have gone ahead and adjusted the fat to a range instead of goal to hit. based on research for my plan and ranges 30-50 is what I should be hitting. Today I'll be at 34 so that's great.
I am still finding some day when I come in at 1,300 cal's but all in all I KNOW I am eating more of what I need.. than my first go round.
My hair seems to be slowing... some days but then yesterday it was right back to a terrible terrible terrible loss day... so it's hard to say. I think I am more at peace with it now, it's thinned alot but I have no bald area, and because of my abilities to style hair no one can tell. That and with the help of a little change up in style I'm feeling more "ok" and I think that helps the stress, which both a) helps not loss more than I already will and b) doesn't send my day into a tailspin of frustration and fear.
#4 Tracking tracking tracking!!!
Ok, so I'll tell anyone, one of the most difficult this of the whole process is tracking. I do mine on paper because that's how I like it, and it's not the righting it down... it more about what I am going to call the FOOD PUZZLE of the day...
I log my whole day in the morning, this process takes me 1.5 hours. I get my coffee on and then I start planning... I write down my breakfast, coffee, vitamins all of which has little to no change each day, I cook lunches on the weekends so I log in what I'm taking like today turmeric infused brown rice, with curry spiced chicken, 1 table spoon oil, cilantro and dried cranberries. (it's yum!) then a I log my mixed greens, my veggie and fruit for the day, chop them all up, container them and pack for work. Then I do a semi-total to make sure I'm getting close to reaching my needed levels of macro's and fiber and whole grains, 4 vegs, 1 fruit and then with what I have left to reach I plan dinner and any other snacks... I bag and prepared and start breakfast.. it seriously take me 1.5 hours to do all this, which means I have to get up at 4am if I also want even a 30 minute workout in the am... so when people ask me what have I done to lose the weight....
DETERMINATION AND DEDICATION- AND PLANNING!!!
It's not fun to spend all that time doing the tracking but I know if I plan the day, I know what I get, I have snacks ready for when hunger hits, I'm all done with the scales and the tablesspoons and I can just go on with the rest of the day. I have a plethora of plastic containers and my fridge looks tiny, organized and oh so colorful!
whew ok there the update...
and lastly... just a reflection...
I am guessing my non tracking days eat into my calorie defiect and this is why I'm not losing anymore. Because I have not increased my fitness, or my none tracking days, but I have increased my daily to a more safer intake than the previous 900-1200 that I think caused the hair loss. I'm really not willing to give up my "free" non tracking days because they while sometimes come with guilt because I sometimes overdo it, sometimes I just stay in my portions but the food is much higher in calories and everythig else than my normal tracking day food... however... the free days have given me freedom and I know (again) enough abot myself to know if I don't do it... If I don't slack off Friday- Sunday which are the only days I really even get to see my partner and certainly my friends... I know I will never be able to continue this new lifestyle... so I'm really thinking 180 is going to sick around until cooler temps come and I can add some more fitness time to burn some calories. Right now I burn 1500-1800 ish a week I think I need to be burning 2000-2300 to cover some of the free day food.
ok that's all- have a wonderful spark day!