Friday, October 12, 2012
I have blogged about patience a lot. That is ironic because this is now me being impatient. I think I have hit my first plateau in 80 days of sparking. I cannot really complain my 33lb weight loss in that period is beyond my expectations. But, for the last week I have had no movement. I have religiously stayed in my ranges and am averaging at least a 1,000 calorie deficit daily doing cardio and strength training. Today is going to be my first light day, walking only, in a couple of weeks. I do not think I can ramp up my workout to much and still function. I also do not think I can cut my calories and keep up the workout schedule. I am not panicking here because I continue to feel my changing for the better and I know my conditioning is improving. But, I feel like I want to do something to kick this weight loss rut. I cannot let my team down in the 5% weight loss challenge!
I was reading a Men's Health magazine article that suggested 25 ways to lose weight. Most of the 25 were things we have read here many times. One of the items that struck home was the suggestion that we vary or calorie intake. To paraphrase the article it said that our body will recognize the consistent calorie intake and you metabolism will start to plateau. It pointed out that the average was more important than individual daily calorie counts. The Spark system of recording calories encourages consistency. Which is important over a period of time, but maybe not as important on individual days.
I looked back at my calorie intake for the last 10 days. It has been in a very tight range towards the bottom of my suggested calorie range. I have decided that I am going to make an effort to vary my calories as often as I can. Their example was to go to 1800 calories one day and 1200 the next if your target was 1500. I think tonight I am going to target going just over my range and then tomorrow going just under my range. I am going to track my rolling average over a week rather than worrying about the daily numbers.
Here is a link to the article FYI: