Scale victory and the new calorie tracking
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Today started well - the lowest number I've seen on a scale probably in this decade! I realized this is also tied for my lowest adult weight. Even though I am in maintenance and this morning's weight is in the realm of my maintenance range, I'd rather keep my weight on the low end of my maintenance range (which is still in the healthy BMI range).
I have been debating today about turning on the new SP feature with the daily calorie range adjustments. While most days I consistently burn 350-450 calories through exercise, I usually have 1-2 days a week outside of that range. Today is one of those days - I burned nearly 600 calories working out this morning and still have some yoga planned for tonight. However, I typically eat on the low end of my calorie range, which on days like this would give me a way bigger calorie deficit than I should have at maintenance. Part of me thinks that it all comes out in the wash with days where I burn fewer calories but eat the same amount, but the other part of me wonders if it might be better to eat a little less on those lower performance days and "have permission" to eat more when I have a big burn day. The only problem is that I can't track my gym nights in advance, since my gym buddies and I can be spontaneous about which machines we use, and how long we stay can fluctuate. I suppose I could plug in a minimum estimate as a placeholder, and then if I do more than that, I can add that in and have a slightly bigger snack when I come home. If anyone has tried the new system out, I'd love to hear some feedback.