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It's (almost) All About Numbers

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Being a scientist by training and profession, I like numbers. I understand numbers. I am comfortable with numbers. Give me a spreadsheet and I can analyze the world. In fact, I originally found SparkPeople because I was going to set up my own spreadsheet to calculate calories and nutrition. When I found SparkPeople, it was all there plus more--like the ability to put in new foods, calculate recipes and track nutrients.

I always had the concept of balance. If the calories I eat are less than the calories I burn, I lose weight. So this is where the fitness tracker comes in. I've always struggled with the fitness part. It is harder to measure. How hard am I working? How many calories is that? What do I count? You know all those questions. Most of them are answered here pretty well, but some just aren't to be answered exactly--and I like exact.

Even more though, I am learning about the stuff that either wasn't obvious or the numbers don't quite cover. Such as starving doesn't guarantee quick weight loss. I always knew it wasn't healthy, but I have read enough about changing metabolism or starvation mode that I'm begining to catch on. The hard part about this, though, is that it isn't straight numbers.

So, one thing I noticed in this last week that I would like to share . . . . March was ok for me for weight loss. It seemed like I hit a bit of a plateau, but I just barely slid in at the final weight I was shooting for by the end of the month. I always aim for right at the absolute lower end of my recommended calorie range.

Then, I thought I messed up and had a high calorie day (about 400 calories over my range). Guess what? My weight started down! Did I just hit the end of my plateau for some reason? Was I eating too little for my activity level? (I have been running around all over the place at work, so lots of "steps".) I'm not sure. I have started aiming for about 100 to 150 calories into my recommended calorie range (so more toward the middle) and I am still losing weight. That is kind of cool--I get to eat more and still see the scale go down.

I'm not sure I understand which bugs me. I like numbers that make sense. I also like weight that goes down. I'll keep watching the numbers and trying to make sense of what works.

Of course, it is all about feeling good, being healthy and taking care of myself.

Enjoy your life and your numbers!
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  • CAROLJ94941
    I love numbers, too. But I agree, that it doesn't seem to make sense if you look just at the caloric numbers vs weight loss. I do know that metabolism seems to have at least as much impact as calories (at least for me), so working out is an important part of the puzzle. Glad to hear you are having success with weight loss!
    2233 days ago
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