Week 11

Posted by Jen | Journal,Uncategorized | Sunday 13 April 2008 2:45 pm

Three more weeks have passed -whee!  So, I just finished my 3 weeks of  ‘eating back’ my exercise calories and tracking net calories.    I lost 2.5 pounds during this time (as opposed to the 3.5 pounds I lost when I calorie cycled.)  I’m incredibly happy with the results from both methods.

Today’s Weight: 137.5
Last Week’s Weight: 139

Weight Lost Since January 2008: 8 pounds.
Weight Lost Since September 2007: 25 pounds!!

This week begins another 3 week stretch of calorie cycling.  I don’t adjust my day’s calories based on my exercise…I just shoot for about 10,100 calories a week and spread it out.  One day is really high (about 1600 calories) and the next will be low (about 1275 calories.)  Let’s see what happens!

Week 3

Posted by Jen | Uncategorized | Sunday 17 February 2008 1:51 am

Well, things are looking up.
And the scale is going down.  Not by much, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be, right?  Slow and steady wins the race.

Today’s Weight: 145
Last Week’s Weight: 146

Weight Loss: 1 pound

Believe me this is a whole new experience for me.  I’m so used to rushing through my weight loss.  That is how I have always done it: gain 10-15 pounds over winter and burn it all off during March or April.  When those 10-15 pounds became 50 pounds…well, that’s when I decided I was going to do this only one more time…then never again.  So I better do it the right way this time.

It’s just nice to see the weight loss finally happening.  I mean, I started this at 147 in January and it took over 2 weeks before the scale finally moved.  Patience was a necessity.

As a reminder for anyone who is wondering how I’m working my weight loss, I am counting my calories and shooting for a daily net calorie intake of about 1250-1300.   “Net calories” are the amount of calories I am left with after I subtract my exercise calories from the calories I have eaten.

I am also cycling my calories to keep my body off balance.  My calories goals for each day this week are as follows: 1700, 1400, 1350, 1400, 1500, 1300, 1500.
I will exercise on my highest goal days (or else my net calories will be too low…not healthy!)   If I see no weight loss results after a week or two at those calorie goals, I’ll have to doing a little tweaking.

I am also going to work really hard on adding more vegetables to my diet.  I stink when it comes to that.  I am saving up for a heart rate monitor, too.  I don’t like having to estimate my exercise calories – it makes it incredibly difficult to know whether I need to increase/decrease the calorie numbers or not.

Well, here’s to another good week!  stay healthy!