Monday, July 12, 2010
Eating more, losing more??
Here we are starting week 4, the half-way point. I've lost 11 pound total now (7 first week, 2 the following two weeks). I've been pretty good at keeping close to my calorie goal, and really good about getting to the gym. But last week, after returning from my weekend away (on Monday) I weighed myself and had lost 2 pounds since my Friday weigh-in. Then through the rest of the week I stayed at that weight. Kind of strange!
One of my followers, Chrissy, has mentioned that she thinks some of the contestants calorie intakes are too low, so I started researching calorie intake. When I started this contest, I looked up "how many calories to lose weight" and found the bottom limit for weight loss for women to be 1200. More accurately, women should not go below 1200 calories a day. Since I am always trying to be the hare in the race of course I decided to do the 1200 calorie limit which has been pretty doable. But after Chrissy's concerned comments, a lot of research AND my weight loss stall of last week, I've decided to do something a little counter intuitive (to me!) and raise my calorie intake. I tried a few different online calculators and have decided to go up to 2400 calories. That is DOUBLE my previous intake. Some of the calorie calculators recommended I go up to 2900 calories, but I'm not sure about that big of an increase. I'm not going to eat cupcakes and doritos to double my calories though...I'm going to try to add in more fruits and vegetables and protein. We'll see how this week's weight loss goes.
That being said, I didn't do great today at doubling those calories. I mentioned that my sister and her family are in town so today we were out and about all day and I just didn't get all those calories in. I'm somewhere around 1800 calories right now and not feeling super hungry (plus it is late!). Rats. Tomorrow is a new day, I will work harder on getting those calories in (man that sound weird!).
Here are my stats for the day. Wish me luck on this little experiment!
Oh, and I shaved 10 seconds off my 5K time today at the gym....47:00 even! Woohoo!
141 heart rate.