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 8

Posted by Jen | Journal | Sunday 23 March 2008 2:37 am

I just finished 3 weeks of calorie cycling and I lost 3 and a half pounds in those three weeks.  I was shooting for a pound a week, so I guess my numbers are about right.

Today’s Weight: 140.
Last Week’s Weight: 141.

This week starts my 3 weeks of counting net calories. Basically, I am shooting for a weekly net average of about 1375.  So, on the days I exercise, I will be eating extra and then I will eat back the calories I burn (about 90% of them, at least.)  The best part is that I have a new heart rate monitor, so I can feel a little more confident about the exercise calories I am tracking.

Today, I ate 1662 calories.  I did a cardio and a strength training session, which burned about 304 calories.  That left me with a net calorie intake of 1358.  I’m right on track.  Personally, I think I like tracking net calories.  I start off every day eating 1350.  If I exercise, I get to eat a little more than day.  I like that.

My Tony Little Gazelle is getting a little too easy for me – I’m excited that the weather is starting to get warmer.  I am itching to get outside to go running.  I can only imagine how much harder that workout is going to be.  I can’t wait!

Week 6

Posted by Jen | Journal | Sunday 9 March 2008 8:19 am

Yes, I know.  I missed a few weeks.  It’s not for any reason other than the fact that I am incredibly absent-minded.  Everything is going quite well these days.  The weight is still coming off in a slow and steady manner.

Today’s weight: 141.5
Last week: 143.5
Weight loss: 2 pounds.
Weight lost since this blog’s beginning: 5.5 pounds.

Weight lost since September 2007: 22.5 pounds.

I had a nice loss this week.  I am switching things up a little bit.  I’ve decided to do calorie cycling for 3 weeks and then I would eat back my exercise calories for the next 3 weeks.  This keeps things a little different for me and it gives me a chance to see if one technique is easier and better than the other.  Remember, the whole point of this is to find a method I can live with for the rest of my life.

So, how does calorie cycling work for me?  Well, my calorie totals for a full week are supposed to equal 9800 calories.  So, I just break that up over the week.  This week’s numbers are:
Monday – 1475
Tuesday – 1300
Wednesday – 1225 (definitely no exercise on this day!)
Thursday – 1700
Friday – 1325
Saturday – 1500
Sunday – 1275

Add them all up and I get 9800.  According to my online calorie calculator, this should be what I need to eat to lose  a pound a week, if I am exercising moderately.  It’s been working so far, so I guess I’ll keep doing it.