I've spent the last hour going through my spreadsheet tracker looking for any possible and slight correlation between my slowed/non-weight loss of the last few weeks and my tracking. I wasn't looking for any black and white answers - just hoping for a some morsel.
(Despite my analytical nature, this review was not analytical in any real way...just quick and dirty. LOL!)
I chatted with my hubby (actually it was more me thinking out loud to him) and we came up with a few interesting ideas, but no answers (as expected) about my lack of weight loss of late compared with several weeks during the prior weight loss cycle.
Calories In vs. Calories Out: Averaging about 100 calories more per day now compared to then. Not enough to explain anything but I can improve this.
Activity: Averaging about 7 minutes of vigorous and 8 minutes of moderate less per day now vs. then. (No, I don't do vigorous every day - this is an average.)
Steps: Averaging about 2000 steps less per day now vs. then
Work has been busier than seems possible the last several weeks. Sleep time and personal time has been compromised.
The holidays - no need to explain that, even though I did pretty well.
We joined a gym the last of Sept. and I've increased strength training quite a bit. Perhaps increasing muscle is a contributing factor.
We are no longer seriously training for 5ks. We were running a lot more then. Now I run intervals only to burn calories on a treadmill. I'm no longer pushing to run a full 5k. I think this is one of the likely morsels found.
I hurt my knee during the Thanksgiving 5k and I just getting back to where I could try to run longer distances.
We're not doing as much yard work. I don't count yard work as exercise, but it definitely adds to my calories burned.
With the weather changes, we're not hiking as much now. We're not running or walking outside as much. Not being outside could explain some of the decrease in fitness minutes.
So not screaming red-flag waving answers, but these little things are probably part of it. I'm not convinced that I can really analyze this to find any answers (it's way more complicated) so I probably won't spend the time. On the other hand, I could see me doing this while my foot is propped up and I'm dreaming of being back on the dreadful treadmill.
For now I'm going to work on bringing my calories down. I have plenty of room to do better here. And for the next few weeks, I'll work on increasing my heart rate and really vigorous exercise with possibly some running.
Well, it was interesting even without any really exciting and obvious answers.
Now, it's time for bed.