Saturday, April 13, 2013
I'm not sure what I expected. I guess I expected it to be more cut and dry. I'm learning that this part of the journey will take just as much time and energy to figure out as weight loss did. A very helpful post by MOBYCARP showed me that it could take weeks, even months, to discover what balance of exercise and calorie range will keep my weight stable. I may continue to lose weight until that discovery is made which is perfectly ok with me. I have in fact lost three more pounds since starting to gradually increase daily calorie intake. I went first from 1800 a day to 2000 a day. This past Monday I started eating an average of 2100 a day. This seems to be the right approach that is recommended (i.e. raise calorie range gradually on a two week trial periods to see what happens and then adjust accordingly). What MOBYCARP also pointed out is that there is not likely to be a magical number of calories that will permanently be the "right" amount for me! That too will change over time as metabolism and activity/exercise levels change. So it appears to be like trying to hit a moving target. I'll need to focus more on longer range trends bi-monthly and monthly trends rather than the daily and weekly monitoring I've been doing. I feel like I have a lot to learn and I hope I'm on the right track. I certainly don't want to back-track. I've worked hard to get here and I like the new, more-fit me. I want to keep what I've gained and continue to make progress in learning how to stay fit and healthy. So I'm stepping into this new challenge even though it's turning out to be more complex than I thought it would be.