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Sunday, December 09, 2012

For me, Sunday is my plan-ahead day. I make sure I have enough food for the week, I wash clothes, I clean the house, and I look through my calendar to make sure I know what's coming up.

This Sunday, I'm going to do something I told myself I wouldn't - I'm going to get a little more numerical in my planning and hope to see better weightloss.

In the recent past, I decided NOT to do this because it never seems to work. Calories in - calories out might be a totally accurate formula, but trying to figure out the exact calories in and out is damn near impossible. There are estimates about BMR and RMR and you can spend days trying to learn everything about them, and then more days trying to figure out how to calculate them before you finally realize that what you need to spend is money on expensive testing. I've even gone so far as to find all the places in town where you can get those tests done before the sanity-bug bit me and I realized I was talking about spending far too much money and time on getting an absolutely-precise number while I was also spending far too much time sitting on my butt researching and too much money on fast food to eat while I was doing it.

So I'm a little leery of being drawn into the world of numbers where I obsess over details and start to pet my heart rate monitor and call it "my Precious- ssssssssss."


Maybe this time I can do it without being insane? Knowing that I have this tendency, can I use numbers in moderation? I'll give it a try, but I need anyone who reads this blog to help keep me honest if I start to sound a little crazy. (That would be status posts like, "Ugh! I wish I could have 5g more of these blackberries, but that would at 0.7 calories and totally mess with my plan today!" It's like porn - you'll know it when you see it.)

Right now, the plan is to eat an average about 1500 calories per day. I use calorie cycling right now (it's an experiment), so each day will be a bit different, but that's the average over the week. Instead of obsessing over my actual BMR, I'm going with SP's estimate that my body burns 1657 a day in my everyday life. If I want to lose a pound a week and still eat that much (which I do - no sense feeling deprived during the holidays), I need to burn about 2400 calories a week. So I'm going to stick with my calorie cycling plan and make sure I aim to burn that many calories a week. And if I don't, well, then I'll reconsider whether I need to eat that much and at the very least, I'll have an the beginning of an understanding of why the weight seems to be clinging to me this time around.
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Calories In:
Sunday - 1494
Monday - 1345
Tuesday - 1494
Wednesday - 1195
Thursday - 1494
Friday - 1793
Saturday - 1643

The actual plan should have been a little different because I have two big cal days next to each other, but I have social plans on both those days that will make it difficult to actually cut on Saturday like I want to. So, la, it's still an average of 1500 and that's fine by me.

Calories Out:
Row, water, easy - 250
Jog - 380
Jog - 380
Erging class - 560
Overhead press day - 100
Deadlift day - 150
Bench press day - 100
Squats day - 125
Erg at gym (10 min) - 90
Erg at gym (10 min) - 90
Erg at gym (10 min) - 90
Erg at gym (10 min) - 90

This is how I like to manage my fitness activity without killing my schedule - I have a menu of options to pick from and I know that if something comes up and I can't do an activity on the day I have planned, I can still do SOMETHING and be on plan. Also, this still seems like a lot. We'll see how this works out.
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    I can and have lost my mind obsessing over the Numbers...
    Still I like your calculations and am very interested to see how it works out.

    "my Precious- ssssssssss." -That would be me and my former pedometer, sadly it did not survive our relationship and as soon as I have a little spending money again I plat to replace it!
    I was amusingly obsessed with the numbers I could get off of that thing. As well as the usual step count it had a calorie counter/cardio tracker/best days, etc.
    I wrote them all down daily and kept trying to beat the numbers.
    I admit, my weight loss went better when I played that game with myself.
    1927 days ago
    Sounds like a plan. You can do it.
    1927 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean about driving yourself batty with numbers. I do the same thing. I'm trying to learn to live with estimates, but being honest with myself. "Estimating" can be deceiving, I know, but it's better than the insanity of micromanaging myself.

    Anyhow, good luck with your new plan. I hope it works well for you and you get some results!

    1927 days ago
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