Perplexed but not discouraged
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The last week has been a challenge. Up too this point, I had been following the Nutrition Tracker as displayed as closely as I could every day. Just a few changes here and there mostly based on things I can't eat due to allergies. Also skipped tofu and a few other things I just can't get into at this point.
Last Friday I went through the Nutrition Tracker for this week, day by day, and made changes every day trying to set up the whole week changing out meals for others on the tracker choices. By Tuesday it was apparent I had no idea what I was doing! I never went over in calories per day, in fact the closest I got was still 121 under my max calories for the day. Everyday though I have had to adjust what my snack was because I was way under on protein, carbohydrates, or fiber everyday. Today I just didn't meet carbs and fiber to get as close to my minimum as possible.
Thursday is my weigh in day, I gained 1.5 pounds this week....uggghhh. Ok so being a somewhat logical person I went straight to the reports. Based on my BMR I need 13,195 calories a week just to maintain my body. I took in 1411 calories per day (average) so that is a total of 9877 calories for the week. A deficit of 3318 calories, almost a pound of loss. Add to this my 3079 calories burned via exercise and that should be almost a two pound loss...not a 1.5 pound gain.
I know losing the weight is not a definite science but come on. I worked hard this week, a little appreciation from the scale would have been nice. On the plus side I started strength training on May 3rd and have been sticking with 3 days per week. I was able to get into a size smaller pair of jeans yahoooo!!! And I can see the start of muscle definition in my calves and the top of my stomach area. So all in all I feel better, I am seeing some results, now I just need the scale to acknowledge these changes.
I definitely know going forward I need to look at each day of the Nutrition Tracker as a whole versus going through and changing all the breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at once. I need to make sure I get in the calorie range I want without stressing every night about what I have to eat for snack to even out my day. One night I had to have a chicken breast for snack because I was so low on protein...not exactly what I wanted to eat that night!
It is a journey .. I remind myself of that daily. I am making much better choices in my food options, and I am exercising so much more than I was. Both of these are things I know I can keep doing. I will see results on that darn scale!