I would have never said that 10 years ago while in high school.
Actually, I have developed more and more love for math over time ever since I finished school. And now I love it even more, since weight loss is so much about math.
I recently created an excel chart into which I enter my daily calories eaten, calories burned through exercise, and BMR which I get from the calorie differential reports here at Spark People. Lately I have been eating reasonably without precalculating my meals. I simply eat reasonable portions of healthy foods most of the time and track everything. Looking at my recently tracked foods each day, I noticed that this way I naturally eat between 1300 and 1600 kcal a day. This is a comfortable range for me. I am satisfied, do not feel starved or deprived of anything. There is even room for an occasional frozen fruit bar, piece of chocolate, etc.
Back to my excel chart. I just created a new tab for July, for which I am committed to track every day. So I entered all the dates, and preentered my current BMR (which of course will change sightly as the pounds go bye bye). Then I entered that I will eat 1600 kcal each day (upper end of the range, so it may actually be less). This brought me to a potential weight loss of 7.0 lbs in July. Then I accounted for the average kcal burned exercising climbing the stairs at work (4th floor) combined with the 5K Your Way program and circuit training on alternating days, with one rest day a week. This brought my potential weight loss in July to 10.5 lbs. Now this is motivating!
Now I do know this is just a rough estimate and the outcome may be more or less, with less being more likely since I am a slow loser. But even if I lose only about half of this, say 5 pounds, I will be thrilled! Nevertheless, I will shoot for the full 10.5 lbs and beyond. I will not lower my calorie intake since I am comfortable with it, but I need to push myself and exercise more. First, I need to make the mentioned training routine a habit and stick to it. Second, I need to find extra ways to burn. And I will! Maybe a nice hike on Saturdays or going to the pool, etc. We will see.
There will be one challenge, but I will figure this out: I will be going to Mexico for about a week in mid July with my boss and team for a large job we are doing there. Los Cabos to be specific. How cool is that!?! This my first time going to Mexico and I am beyond thrilled. I always wanted to go, but had not had the chance to, yet. So here is the challenge: I have been doing the 5 K Your Way on my treadmill at home and we will have a vacation home instead of a hotel, so probably no workout equipment. Maybe I will train at the beach and preload some music in intervals on my iPod? Still have to figure this one out.