This last year I went a little crazy. Ate too much, drank too much, gained back almost 30 lbs. It was the Highland games and there was beer and pasties and haggis. Dinners and camping and sweets. I did get injured. Holidays happened (seriously people STOP with the frickin cookies!!!) Mostly, there were excuses. Lots of excuses!! But what it came down to is this:
I MADE BAD CHOICES.
My pants are too tight or not wearable. I will NOT buy a size up!!! I am uncomfortable. I know I can do better.
About a month ago, I decided to get back on the proverbial wagon. Eat healthy. Back to the gym. Getting my body back in shape for September when I will be going to Scotland for the World Masters Highland Games. I know I won't win, but my goal is to simply not come in last. (Yes, that is realistic, I'll be throwing against several world record holders. Unless I get bit by a radioactive spider,
winning ain't gonna happen!)
So, now I'm eating healthy. Measuring and weighing. Working out 2 hours at the gym 4 days a week and an hour or more on the other days. One month and my weight actually went up.
Seriously... WENT UP!!!
It turns out that I never changed my tracker. It is incredibly difficult to admit failure. But the only person who I was "fooling" was me. So I shut off my pride for a couple of minutes and reset it to my current weight. Added in the workout tracker. Then I totally FREAKED out when I saw how many calories SP wanted me to consume.
I talked to my trainer and he was shocked that I was eating so low. At that point I was eating 1500-1700 cals. So, not starving. But lifting weights and doing cardio as much as I was, my body was locking down and holding on to the fat.
I forgot one of my favorite analogies. Food is fuel.
I'll say that again... FOOD IS FUEL.
So think of it like this. Your body is a car. If I'm driving 10 miles to the supermarket. It doesn't take much gas (fuel). But if I take that same 10 miles and I'm driving up a mountain, I'm going to use more gas.
If I'm strolling 5 miles at a leisurely pace on flat ground, I'm not going to need much fuel (food) to supplement my daily intake. But if that 5 miles full out running trails is in a hilly forest, I WILL need more fuel.
Now, what that does NOT mean is "eat what you burn" ie, if I burn 600 calories in Zumba, I can eat 600 more calories. I might add 200-300 calories. But eating at baseline was only hurting me. My body wasn't getting the energy (fuel, gas, calories) I needed to lift as much as I wanted. I was lethargic and unmotivated in cardio classes.
"Just showing up" does NOT cut it. Yeah, it's better than sitting on the couch, but it is not going to get me to my goals.
So, I stepped on the scale. One week, 4 lbs gone already. I'm not done. I have a long way to go. I will reset my trackers whenever I need to. Dammit, I WILL get to my goal!!
I can't speak for the exact number of calories In/Out. I surely am NOT a nutritionist or a health professional. I'm just saying that this worked for me. If you are stuck. Hit a plateau or are confused with your nutrition, SEEK HELP. There will be someone at your gym, your doctors office, Heck, Sparkpeople has some GREAT staff and it's all right here.