Wednesday, March 12, 2014
So much to say.
First off, went on vacation to Las Vegas with the husband for our 6th wedding anniversary. Ate what I wanted but also went to the gym every day and did a ton of walking. Gained 0.5 lbs, which I consider to be within the margin of error, so I am pleased.
I also repeated my mile run without walking, once at 11:18 and once at 11:01. Rawr.
Before I left I had a long talk with my friend, Kim, who is also my de facto trainer. She had chided me over weighing myself so frequently (once a week) and about how "obsessed" I was with the numbers (maybe true, more like frustrated that they weren't moving). I showed her my nutrition tracker here on sparkpeople and she was astonished. She thinks I'm under-eating. Using a program called "eat to perform," even with accounting for a 10% deficit for weight loss, I would need 2000 calories a day at the level of training I've been doing.
She challenged me to a 30-day program of more lifting, 1800 - 2000 calories a day with strict macro ranges (200 g carbs, 88 g fats, 100 g protein), and no scale - only progress pictures.
Let me tell you - the thought of that is TERRIFYING. I admit it, I get a thrill at limiting my calories and coming in at the lower end of my ranges. But I'm going to do it. It's 30 days, what's the worst that can happen? I continue to not lose weight? Even at 2000 calories a day I shouldn't gain; my unadjusted BMR is around 1500. So there's really no harm here.
Because really, truly, I am happy with my body. If I was this size forever but managed to tone up a bit, I'd be fine. My goal is not to be a size 4, my goal is to be able to do cool things with my body, like pull-ups or running a 5 k without walking.