Friday, August 23, 2013
So I reset my goal for fitness. All spring & summer it has been set for the calorie burn I was getting when I was swimming 4x a week - which was too high anyway, as I found when I measured some of my swims by heart rate. But at the time according to SP I was burning over 2000 calories a week.
I just reset it to 2 days of cardio & 1 day of ST, which I am not even really doing right now but plan to get back to. SP calculated that that would give me a calorie burn of ~580 calories a week.
Which knocked my calories to eat range down to 1200-1500!!!! Since I'm struggling to stay under 1800, I'm guessing this is a crappy plan.
And explains why for months I wasn't losing weight - when my exercise went down and my food went up even a tiny bit? There you go. No loss.
I went back to my fitness tracker and looked at what I was burning during Couch to 5K, and what I burned on a couple of "lazy" ST days - doing my core & physical therapy "homework" but not a really full hardcore 1 hour ST or anything. Adding 2 run days and 1 "homework" ST day I would burn more like 800 a week, so I added that in instead, and moved my goal weight and date around.
Ultimately I want to get down to about 180; losing 1.5 pounds a week (that's the best I was ever able to manage, with my calorie range set for 2 pounds a week) that would take me until sometime next July, I think. That's depressing because I'm In A Mood today. (I know ultimately it doesn't matter WHEN I get there as long as I actually GET there.)
So instead I looked at what I would weigh on my next birthday (which is in April) if I lost at that rate, & SP says 202 pounds. WELL HEY. That's the crossover from obese to overweight for me! That's a goal I can get behind - be Not Obese by my bday. I'm setting it down to 200 and going to try to stay low on calories high on exercise relative to my settings to give myself some breathing room, but I think this is a better thing to shoot for.
So I reset the goal line (it was depressing me by reminding me if I hadn't slacked off all spring and summer I'm "supposed" to be 215 by now) and the goal weight and date and I get a happy new yellow line, and a much more reasonable calorie range of 1390-1740. This is a little lower than what I had been working with, about 1550-1840 or something like that, but not the horrifying 1200-1500.
But yeah, the bottom line is, the reason I can't lose weight when I eat at the top of my calorie range is because the top of my calorie range is actually over my calorie range because I did not know what my calorie range WAS.
And the new top of my calorie range is not going to work so well for me if I don't get my exercise plan, meager as it is, in gear.
So I guess this is a good thing, because it means I'm running tomorrow no matter how crappy I feel trying to wake up. I've been struggling to get up at 8am; back when the gym 3x-5x a week was the norm I got up at 5:30-5:40am every day. I go to bed at roughly the same time so I'm not sure what the deal is, but I just have to suffer through the first couple of weeks to get back on track.
I need to get running anyway; I'm signed up for a 5k on October 6 and I need to train some, so it's good to have this kick in the pants.
On top of that, even though I'm only up 4lbs from my lowest back... whenever that was, I don't know, March - 247.7 which is basically 248, and I'm 251.7 which is basically 252 - I'm just feeling really puffy and flabby lately. It's bumming me out.
So mark me down as Cranky But Determined.