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Tracking Day Two

Friday, November 21, 2014

I had 2 good eating days with calorie deficits of approximately 200 calories on one day and 350 calories the next. But that 550 calorie deficit would only account for about a one-seventh of a pound weight loss. My weight was down 4.4 pounds. Guess those couple not-so-good eating days (but believe me, I was not totally out of control and could have done a lot, lot worse) followed by that splurge at the country club buffet is what took me to the highest number I've seen on the scale in 4 years. It scared me enough to motivate me to start tracking. Tracking definitely works, but I'm sure what worked best for me this week was drinking lots of water and washing the excess sodium out of my system. I could have finished my year of not tracking at my goal weight, I suspect. But there really isn't anything else I need to prove to myself. If I want to eat intuitively, occasionally counting calories in my head, I can do it and maintain at just about the weight I want.

I plan to keep tracking for now. I want to try some new foods and new recipes as well as try to take my nutrition up another notch. In the Racing Weight book, Fitzgerald recommends 300-500 calorie deficit while training for an endurance event and trying to lose weight. Right now I'm just 1.4 pounds over my current target weight (but 11.4 pounds over what Fitzgerald says my best racing weight would be - don't plan to go that low at this time). I'm thinking a calorie deficit of approximately 200-300 calories ought to serve me just fine.

My next half marathon is in 16 days, the Orlando Utilities Commission Half Marathon. My niece is running it, too. We are going to have fun!!
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