Sunday, March 03, 2013
So, For the last six months or so I've been diligently watching what I eat. I stopped counting calories when I chose the foods, instead opting for the so called high-density options (You know, more vitamins and minerals, less sugars, that sort of thing.) I've not been starving myself, often times taking in more than 100% of nearly every nutrient I'm tracking and at the same time, at the end of the day, never exceeding 1500 calories. I started at 190 six months ago, and even with the healthy eating, I've been gaining weight. Couldn't figure out what was going on. Even upped the cardio I do at home, and that only made me gain more. Finally, I got on my own behind hard enough to buy a pedometer and wear it EVERY day. Turns out, between working at the bagelry and not owning a car, I clock between 20 and 30 thousand steps per day, that number rising as high as 50K when I have a bakery shift followed by a cleaning shift. A week ago, I started eating twice as much when I'm at work, or an extra meal on my days off, and added an extra side to my other meals, or else two extra snacks in the day for each side dish skipped, AND FINALLY LOST THREE POUNDS at my weekly weigh in!
Turns out, I needed the best diet in the world: ADD 5-7 hundred calories, and exchange cardio for strength training.
I NEVER would have realized without the pedometer. NEVER.
But seriously, If I would have done the math a few months ago, I could be so much farther along my progress bar. Also, If I would have noticed that the calorie range on this page was for a sedentary job, not a on-the-go job, that would have made me buy the pedometer a lot sooner. And best of all, it wasn't winter weight, like I kept telling myself.
I'm determined to get myself a Fibbit now, because if a simple step counter could show me things I couldn't see on my own, I'm curious to see what ELSE I'm missing right in front of my face.
And so, kids, the moral of the story is this: If the results you are seeing are not what you expect, find ways to quantify ALL the variables. I know math is hard: so go shopping! Find the toys that can give you real values where before you were only guessing (pedometer, measuring tape, pulse monitor, stopwatch, whatever you're guessing about!) because sometimes, when the math is done, the answer is the OPPOSITE of what you expect!