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Fasten Seatbelts. Minor Turbulence on the way.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yeah, well minor is a bit understated. I'm really nervous now.

It's good I have been keeping an eye, like a hawk, on progress and changes since reaching goal. After weeks and weeks of eating as carefully as possible and keeping to a limit range of 1200 to 1500, it's beginning to wear off.

I mean the caution. I've set certain targets for cerain days but I'm missing them by miles right now.

I was supposed to eat around 1700 yesterday and the day before.

I ate 1980 and 2100 instead. Those are my weekend budgets! Now I have to eat 1750 for the rest of the week. OR exercise more in order to enjoy the weekend.

What's happening?

Am I eating more in quantity? Am I snacking? Am I not thinking?

I don't know what it is yet, that's making me go for 1900-2100 calorie range almost every day, but I need to put an end to it as it won't work in the long run.

On the up side, I did manage to squeeze in almost 900kcals worth of exercise in 2 days in order to maintain. I've set a weekly target of 1000kcals of exercise to give me a bit of wriggle room. But this is too much wriggling going on.

If I wanted to eat 2100kcals every single day... I'd have to probably burn... 2800kcals per week in order to achieve that.

I burn 400kcals on my stationary bike in 1 hour - I do high and low intensity in bursts and go full blast - which is good as it gets my heart rate up and I'm sweating like mad as well so it's great for me - but I cannot do that 7 days a week!

400 x 7 = 2,800kcals

It's just not doable for me. Heck I didn't even exercise that hard when I was trying to lose the weight. Most I did was 30 minutes 5 days a week = 1000kcals which is manageable for me and also what's called for right now.

I burn 1700kcals per day just being alive and doing my daily chores - so shouldn't this be enough food for me for a day?

I haven't gained any weight since reaching goal, which is good, and because the skin's still adapting I've been thinking of gaining 1kg in the back of my mind, so I hope this isn't that manifesting itself subconsciously and sabotaging my efforts.

I know I should stay the same and let time shrink skin back to normal - I mean I didn't exactly loose 100lbs or anything I only lost 19.8lbs.

Going over some of the day's foods I've noticed I'm switching to a lot more higher density foods recently which are making things harder for me. I don't mean the brownies or the other treats I've introduced - I mean things like heavier curries, fried rice etc - all the little bits add up. And to be frank, I'm eating things that are less filling and more calorific in general so I'm eating a bit more of it and the calories are through the roof.

I can see in my tracker that I've had days where I've had pancakes, homemade pizza, stir fry veg with noodles and fish, plus a kfc chicken wing and a sweet treat and managed to total 1500kcals.

I find that, now that I'm eating differently, I should go back to that and try again to stay within 1700kcal limit, because I will NOT burn 2,800kcals per week in exercise just because I've become lazy and unimaginative in my cooking.

The best thing about maintenance is that I am re-evaluating myself daily and constantly on the lookout to make changes - obviously, just like a plane doesn't fly in a straight line - it takes detours and experiences turbulence, so do we. The main thing is we reach our destination.

And even though I'm at goal - my destination is to look back and be able to say: I've maintained my weight, without gaining anything back for x amount of years. That's my destination and I really WANT to be able to do this - not lose control, gain 30lbs and start over again. Because, if I blink - it may just happen in that split second, so I have to be on my guard.
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    It's hard to figure out this calories in and calories out. But it's part of the journey
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