Hit the Limit: Accountability Time

Thursday, May 30, 2013


So I've hit my official limit: I am back up to 135 (ok, 134, but it's close enough to the limit that I now need to take action).

Theoretically, it could be increased muscle density, but I'm fairly certain that it's not. I've been slipping my friends, and it's time to hold myself accountable.

I have reset my goals to lose 10 lbs. I am a bit concerned, however. Sparkpeople wants me to eat between 1200 and 1550 calories a day... that seems... low. Especially given my level of activity. Well, we'll give it a try. Of course, my first day on the new plan and I KNOW I'll be eating more than that *sigh* Not just because I'm going to Red Lobster and going to have a seriously hard time not eating more than one biscuit, but also because I'm climbing tonight, so not eating the ENTIRE MEAL will be difficult (the plan is to save half of it for dinner tomorrow). *urk* Before today, I would even still be within my "calorie range" for maintenance.

Why d I let it get this far?

Complacency, my friends. Complacency. For more than a year I couldn't be bothered o track on weekends (didn't really need to). Then, suddenly, something changed. I'm happy, and in a relationship (read: occasional distraction from exercise). I'm not teaching dance (budget issues at my dance school). The rock climbing gym has become routine (too many routes out of my reach, not enough to work towards/not enough "easier", either). I'm coming up on my trip to Germany (Hurrah for my friend's wedding!). While there, I will be walking a ton, but I won't be tracking. So I need to get myself back into the habit of doing ALL THE THINGS.

So here's the plan:
Climbing 3x/week
Dance 1x/week
Weight training (at work) 2x/week (up to 3x)
Softball 1x/week

Always make healthy choices when eating out
No more sour snowboards
Continue making my own Almond Milk for oatmeal
Batch cooking lunches
Track diligently (even on weekends)

According to Sparkpeople's plan, I will lose my extra 10lbs in 9 weeks (ok?). Ideally, I'd like to do it in a little over half of that so that I'm back down for the wedding and trip to Germany. I know 10lbs can seem insignificant,but I refuse to slowly let my weight creep back up after more than 2 years of maintaining a 30lb loss. I'm still within my healthy weight range, and I'm still fitting my clothing, but if I didn't draw the line somewhere, I might accidentally let myself go. That I refuse to do. I've hit my limit, and now I'm bouncing back.

Feel free to bounce with me!
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  • EABL81
    Sounds to me as though you already have this well in hand. You seem to have a very active life, and I suspect you'll reach your goal in no time. Congratulations on setting that limit and sticking to it!

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    2123 days ago
    Do you have a fitbit? What I discovered recently that is pretty interesting is that it changes your daily calorie goals based on your activity. So if you ran five miles, it calculates the differential you should have to stick to your weightloss goals and raises your daily range. When I stick closer to Spark's "1200 - 1500" range, especially on days when I do alot of working out, I am STARVING. I don't think "eating more protein and less carbs" will make up for the fact that you're BURNIN' 'em off!

    Major props to you for catching yourself before you fell totally off the wagon. You know what you need to do, and I know you can do it! Let's goooooo!!!!!!!
    2124 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    Looks like you and I are at the same pace. I'm trying to get 10 lbs (now 6) off AGAIN. I agree with all your reasons, same here. I reached mine through a different avenue, but still at the same spot. You will make it, and it will seem easier than you think. The first 10 days of converting back to proper everything will be hard, but it gets easy after that. Your body starts to remember the weight loss days and hops right on track.

    Don't always trust the calorie tracker. I eat at the top or over most days (2399+), and still take weight off. You active life is your safety net.

    Have you tried running? It is a great burn/wake up for the morning. When you are under hard strain for lack of food and hard work, it can be a nice exercise. It's hard to become light headed or suffer the low blood pressure when running.

    Whatever you decide, You will succeed. Best of luck and carry one my friend.
    2124 days ago
  • SLEE103
    I'm bouncing! That's a similar calorie range to me...1200 is way low, I'm usually legitimately hungry if thats all I eat. So stick with around 1500...it's still within range that you would, in theory, lose. I like your plan and I know you'll stick with it because you enjoy all those things (well, except weight training if I remember correctly) but regardless, I KNOW you'll get back to your goal. Happy tracking!

    p.s. thanks for the tea party invite! :)
    2124 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2013 9:39:52 AM
  • MJRVIC2000
    Let Grace Be Your Escort In Life and see marvelous results. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    2124 days ago
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