Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Well this is my third time of returning to SparkPeople to "start over" again. I am down only 10 pounds since first joining SparkPeople (lost 20, regained 10). My current weight is 170 pounds and a healthy BMI for my height is 137. So I've got a lot of work to do! Because I am not that big it is tough for me to lose weight. My body clings to every ounce of fat for dear life. The following is my new, improved plan with some tweaks which I have began as of yesterday!
Plan for exercise:
I have recently read about the startling benefits of plain old walking. So, I plan to incorporate some simple walking into my exercise routine. I haven't decided yet whether to use the treadmill or outdoors, after dark when it's cool. I will be using my favorite podcasts, This American Life, Radiolab, and Hardcore History to keep entertained while I walk. I know how bored I get while exercising so my goal for now is to just walk for only 30 minutes, 3 times per week.
I am also rejoining my gym in order to take advantage of the Tuesday/Thursday spin class (indoor cycling). I have done spin in the past and loved the way it makes me feel. It is a good counterbalance to the relatively light cardio of walking, as it really leaves me spent. I am hoping practicing indoor cycling will help me improve my performance on hills so that I can go on social rides in my community without struggling. I will be spinning for 1 hour, 2 times per week.
Plan for nutrition:
I am trying something new after reading the advice on the wonderfully helpful SparkPeople forums. Instead of a 1,000 - 1,200 calorie diet that I have tried in the past unsuccessfully, I will be INCREASING my calories to 1,400/day. This is the target calorie intake for weight loss according to an online calculator I used, and also the higher calorie intake will hopefully help get my metabolism going. Another thing I'm trying is to force myself to eat the full 1,400 calories each day, even if I don't feel like eating it. So I will be getting consistent nutrition each day.
I plan to stick to the program for 3 months, weigh in at that time and reassess. My goal is to lose 3 pounds per month, for a total of 9 pounds in that time. I figure that is a significant enough weight loss that I should be able to register it on the scale without being thrown off by normal water weight fluctuations which can be quite significant for me.
OCTOBER 8, 2013, here I come!