Along with my resolve to start losing some fat, I’ve decided to do a weekly check in as well. Well, as long as I can remember to, so keep me honest, m’kay? I ask you to call me out if I forget next week. I figure its a good way to keep myself accountable. Yes, internet, I’ll publish my weight and caloric intakes for your amusement (and to keep me on track).
Anyhow – this week’s weigh in has me at 127.8 - a full pound less than last week! wooohooo!
Lets keep this clear – I don’t at all expect that trend to keep up. In fact, I think its a “first week anomaly” since I’m basically just trying to bounce back to where I was six or seven weeks ago. Speaking of one week, isn’t it TOTALLY ridiculous that it can take months to lose 5 pounds but like, three weeks to gain it all back? That’s some total physiological bullshit right there.
So, how am I trying to bounce back? By basically getting a lot stricter (read: obsessive) about my inputs and outputs. Its the only way I actually see results. I’m logging my calories on a daily basis on My Fitness Pal, and keeping a weekly tracker spreadsheet to see how I’m doing on average. Here’s what this week’s summary looks like:
Yes, I have some SERIOUS off days, along with some not-so-bad ones. And that’s OK. They’re typically over the weekend, when I have the time to have a few drinks (while I’m doing things like gardening) or have more time to sit and enjoy a nice leisurely meal with friends. This usually means there is alcohol involved – I mean, really, if someone has a BBQ, I’m TOTALLY going to chow down and enjoy myself.
The trick is to burn it off. This is where cycling is a really, really good thing. The calorie burn and time spent on a bike is really helpful – on Sunday, for example, my hubby and I went for a 3 hour bike ride. It was challenging, it was fun, and I definitely got to eat what I wanted afterwards.
As a side note: that’s the same calorie burn I’d get running a half marathon – but cycling is way less brutal on your body, and you actually can do a 30+ mile ride every weekend without too much pain. I couldn’t do 13.1 every weekend.
On average, though – the week went well. My gross daily intake averaged out at about 1700 calories, and I burned enough to keep my net average at under 1200. For my height and weight – that’s exactly where I need to be to see progress.
I call that motivation! Lets hope I can keep it up!