Plateau Busted! Goal Update
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Weigh-in: 142 lbs
My plateau has officially been busted! So here are my goal updates:
Goal 1: Break the plateau - CHECK!
Goal 2: Become "normal weight" (lose 2 lbs) - CHECK! (99% sure... I'll know more on Tuesday when I can access a more accurate scale)
Goal 3: Get on track for a loss of 1 lb (at least) every week or two.
So about goal 3... I found my BMR as calculated by SP last night and it is significantly lower than how I had it calculated by a different website (which explains a lot about this plateau...).
SP BMR: 1740
Avg. Deficit (food only): 300 to 400
Avg. Weekly Deficit (food only): 2100 to 2800
Calories Burned Last Week: ~1300 (185 avg. daily)
So! If I eat ~1400 calories on avg, and continue working out every day, I can lose 1 lb every 8 days (or 3.75 lbs in a month). If I up my exercise a smidge (really... to 100 extra calories in a week) I could still eat about 1400 and lose 1 lb every 7 days (or 4.28 lbs in a month).
If I eat ~1300 calories on avg, and continue working out every day, I can lose 1 lb every ~6 days or 5 lbs per month.
I actually intend to increase my workouts again anyway, and I've been consistently hitting the 1200-1400 cal mark lately without too much effort (I've been at this awhile so I've adjusted), so I think I can safely say that:
Goal 3 has been met! I'm back on track!
The reason I worded it a bit funny - 1 lb every week or 2 - is that in one week, we're moving in with family for a bit. I'll have a lot less control over what I'm eating and I don't anticipate being able to eat 1200 calories. It may even be a struggle to eat under my baseline at all, which would slow me down to ONLY the rate at which I'm burning calories through physical activity. I won't know until I get there... which may set me back and I'll have to tackle 3 over again.
But for now, I've met the goal, and that's important because originally I wanted to lose as much as possible before this move and that's exactly when my plateau hit.
I've met all my short-term goals and am on track to meet my long-term ones. Congratulations, self!