Sunday, March 24, 2013
The challenge for this, week 5 of the 5% challenge is to track calorie intake and stay in range. According to Sparkpeople, my calorie range tops out at 1800 or so, but I never seem to do well in that range. Instead, my goal is going to be 2100. I haven't tracked for a very long time on a consistent basis. Starting with an achievable range will give me the success I need to bolster my confidence. I decided before I knew this was the challenge that I was going to start tracking this week for a few reasons. I need to get serious about losing weight. I have been making some really healthy habits over the last 4 weeks, and managed to gain weight again. So, I know my eating hasn't been the best, but I am still surprised that I have gained. I started wondering if the breathing meds I am on might be contributing to my weight gain. Do they increase my appetite? Do they make me retain water? The only thing that really matters is that I need to lose weight, regardless of what my meds do. I know for a fact that I am not doing everything in my power to lose weight, and until I do, I will not know if the meds are a contributing factor. So, going to start eliminating causes. By tracking my calories and staying in range, I will eliminate overeating. Getting active every day, even for only 15 minutes, will eliminate sedentary lifestyle. Those are the two biggest factors, so here goes! My new goal for myself is to reach 217.6 by the end of the last 4 weeks of the challenge.