WILLIAMWONTELL

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Day 110. Calculations pretty worthless

Friday, May 29, 2015

Come to sparkpeople a lot. I'm retired so time I want an issue and I think it helps keep me focused on establishing a healthy lifestyle. Tracking my nutrition, reading blogs, learning, and writing in the blog all help. I have been tracking food and exercise religiously for 90 days now and calculating pounds lost. I avoid scales because from experience they will give false readings, maybe not false but misleading. Yesterday I had to get some blood work done at the health center so I got a good weight on their professional scales.

There's good news and there's bad news. The good is I'm losing a pound every five days or so, the bad, all my calculations for the last 90 days are wrong. I calculated, by subtracting my consumption from by base bmr and adding my exercise a daily caloric deficet, added them up to keep a running total of my weight loss. My calculated weight is 17#s lighter than my actual weight :)). Actually all good news. Thought i was losing weight too fast and I've been eating a little extra trying to slow down. One pound a week is the pace I'm searching for. Healthy lifestyle is my goal.

• SONGBIRD2015
I'm so glad to hear that you're doing well! And glad that, in the end, it all turned out to be good news - slow and steady wins the race :-)
1692 days ago
• ALICIALYNNE
It sounds like you are on the right track! Slow and steady and sustainable!

Back before I had a scale, I used a tape measure to keep track of my progress. You can log the numbers right in to Spark and it gives you graphs over time just like the weight tracker does!
1694 days ago
Sounds like you've been working a very healthy plan these 90 days. Kudos!
1696 days ago
• BETRHO48
It is challenging to calculate an accurate weight loss mathematically without weighing on a scale. There are so very many factors involved, so at best, you will come up with only an estimate. It seems like you are on track when you consider what the scale measured. Your program seems to be on target. You may want to consider weighing on a scale on a monthly basis. There are other ways to look at weight loss without the scale: body measurements (arms, chest, waist, hips) and considering how your clothing fits (getting looser and needing to buy a new smaller size). One pound lost per week is a great goal!
Keep sparking!
~Beth
1697 days ago
• ICSPOTS
It sounds like you are setting yourself up for success. Most importantly, it's not a race to the finish line, so take one day at a time.
1697 days ago