Week 2 - FitBit and Mindless Snacking
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
So I lost 1.6lbs this week and not sure how. With my tummy issues, it really doesn't feel like it. I think I've finally decided on an ultimate goal weight 145lbs. My whole life, I've always wanted to weigh 150lbs (I was always overweight) so I still can't believe that I may be maintaining in the 140's. Way back when I first started my journey, in 1997, my PCP said my goal weight should be 136lbs. I was 24yrs old then. I'll be 40 this year and 2 kiddos later so 145lbs is totally fine with me.
I got a FitBit for Christmas and I was thrilled. I've been using it since Dec 28 and I'm still trying to figure out how to use the information it provides. So this week (since Sunday) when I track my fitness in Sparks I've just been syncing it with Fitbit and using those minutes instead of inputting my gym time but I am keeping track on those in my workout journal. Next week (Sunday), I will take my FitBit off when I exercise and log my gym time into spark and still sync my fitbit. Then I will compare the results. The one thing that I do really like about FitBit is how they calculate how many calories you can eat that day. I changed my setting to Sedentary. So it starts out low and lets me earn calories as I am active throughout the day. So if I want to eat more, I have to move more. I do have a calorie range that I'm aiming for which is 1450-1600 which is the lower half of my spark range. Even if FitBit says I have still have 400 calories to eat and I'm not feeling it, then I don't eat.
My other topic is Mindless Snacking. Mindless is defined as marked by a lack of mind or consciousness or requiring little attention or thought or not intellectually challenging or stimulating. That is definitely how I snack. I plan out 6 mini meals a day. Well 3 meals and 3 snacks. On most days, this is enough to reign in my mindless snacking. But sometimes, I just have hungry days and that is when the mindless part happens. If I would just make a conscious decision to have a snack and think about it and portion it out, I will be the better for it. This way I can account for it but this doesn't usually happen. I do find that when I do measure and count it and see how many actual calories I'm eating, I seem to stop the snacking. I found this sparkpeople article SNACKING HEALTHY and I will definitely print it out and keep it close at hand www.sparkpeople.com/res
. Maybe I feel like I have that wiggle room with my calories since I didn't max them out that I can over do it. But the issue is that when I'm not tracking my calories I'm eating WAY more that I think I am. I know that these last 7.6lbs will be the hardest and I need to account for every BLT (bit, lick and taste).
I've made it this far and I'm not willing to stop here. I will make it to goal and I'm giving myself until April to get there. Why April because I'm aiming at averaging a 1/2lb a week loss.
Until next week, which is the start of the BLC21.