Is it possible I am developing a healthier lifestyle? Food choices, better but still too much snacking and too much of the wrong foods. Not bad foods, there aren't any of those, but too much chocolate and chips finding there way into my mouth on a daily basis. I used to be better about the snacking. I have been very conscious of it this week in particular, and have side tracked myself a couple of times with the fresh fruit I left in a bowl on the counter for that reason. I am now out of grapes and the ones at Trader Joe's didn't look great today. Maybe tomorrows will be better. I have counted and logged every bite though. I have mostly eaten at the top of my calorie range for the past two weeks. This brings me to the other issue.
I have increased my exercise level significantly the last month to six weeks. Enough that I was getting the "adjust your fitness settings" message every week after I posted Saturday's exercise. I have been burning upwards of 3000 calories per week between walking, Curves, intervals, and the occasional elliptical. I have adjusted my burn rate on the fitness tracker twice in the past month to ensure I am getting enough calories. I should be getting enough calories eating at the high end. Back to healthy lifestyles...dare I say, I am actually starting to enjoy the exercise! I went to Curves this morning, and wasn't planning on doing any other exercise, but realized it was going to be close to get 10,000 steps in today, so spent 30 minutes on the elliptical tonight.
A couple of weeks ago I invested in a gizmo that calculates steps, calories burned, intensity of exercise, and sleep. For the first week, I had a calorie deficit of 5950 calories. I should have had a 1.7 pound loss (calories in -calories out equation) instead I gained .6 of a pound. This week, I had a deficit of 5138 and gained 1.5 pounds. I am not a happy camper. I know all the rationalizations for it, our body isn't a calculator, it takes time, consistency over time, blah blah blah. I want to loose the weight ...not gain. Sheesh. I don't feel like I have developed any new muscle either. I could understand the weight gain then. My jeans are still tight. I promised myself I was not going to fixate on the weight loss part of this journey, but a little loss would be nice, just to know I am on the right track. On to a new week. One step at a time as my friend April recently reminded me!
1) Average 10 glasses of water daily
2) 7 cardio sessions per week (split between Curves and walking)
3) Walk 12 miles per week
4) Average 10,000 steps daily
5) Track all food daily and stay within calorie range
6) Get at least 60 grams of protein daily
7) Strength Training 2x per week
1) Water: week 15- only 60 total (8.5 average per day)
week 16- average 9.4 per day (66 total)
2) Cardio: week 15-4 walks, 3 Curves
week 16-4 walks, 4 Curves, and 1 elliptical
3) Miles: week 15-13.69 cardio miles and 43.05 total miles
week 16-14.92 cardio miles and 38.45 total miles
4) 10,000 steps: week 15-81,420 (11,631 daily average)
week 16-72724 (10,389 daily)
5) Track and range: week 15-
week 16- tracked every bite and met range 6/7
6) 60 g protein: week 15
7) Strength training one day in two weeks
As much as I enjoy the goal met emoticon on my progress,
I am only going to track: water, steps, and protein for the next two week period. I put the last of the Coke Zero products in my fridge today. I almost caused myself a panic attack last week at the grocery store and bought two 12 packs. They are my last ones. I am only going to shop at Trader Joe's for the next two weeks, they don't sell any Coke products. if it's not there I can't break down and buy it. Too bad there isn't a way for me to track will power :-)
Wishing everyone a week filled with healthy choices!