As we near the end of Week 9 of our BL challenge for this summer, I am sure I'm not alone in losing some steam. I've noticed that my daily calorie intake has crept up a bit. It is still on average below my BMR, but not by much. And I've gotten lazy about exercise, mostly because as I've said many times, I hate the heat.
Summer is very often the season when I gain weight, partly because of the heat. When I go out, it is like someone pulled the plug on me, and I just shut down. I get heatstroke very easily, so I know I have to be careful. Plus I have a lot of hobbies that are pretty much sedentary: reading, knitting, sewing... And of course the computer
Not exactly intense cardio!
Another reason I tend to gain in summer is those long days. Since the sun sets much later, I tend to extend my eating hours, meaning more calories overall. Also, people have more time to hang out, which often means having a beer or wine and eating more.
Oh, and then there's ice cream!
Even the lower calorie versions like frozen yogurt or sorbet can tip my calories over the limit. And I have a hard time controlling myself when there are frozen treats in the house. This summer, my strategy has been to not buy them - at least not as often. I've purchased only 2 containers of low-fat frozen yogurt (1,8L each) and 2 containers of fruit sorbet (500mL each) so far this summer. I confess that I've had 4 or 5 frozen treats when I'm out and about, but at $5 a pop, on average, for a nice home-made gelato or ice cream, the cost alone deters me from doing that too often.
Finally, my calorie differential has also taken a nose dive. I had a hard time getting started in the challenge, so weeks 1 and 2 showed a pretty slim loss (0.2 lbs), but I picked up steam in weeks 3-8, averaging a loss of 0.7 lbs per week. Now I'm back to lower figures, with 0.3 lbs so far this week, although realistically, that won't be much higher with just 2 days left in Week 9. I suppose I should be proud that I'm still tracking and trying because about 10 of my original teammates are no longer active in the challenge. We lost 2-3 people per week at first but since Week 5, we've been holding steady with 15 active members, 9-10 of whom are losing weight. I never looked at the weekly team standings before, but I suppose that what I see in our team is also happening in other teams. I mean, I'm sure each team loses a few members in the first weeks and that as time goes by, it gets harder to achieve spectacular losses. Our team is no different. Here are our stats:
Here's hoping we can slog through the rest of week 9 and make it through week 10 to the end of this challenge!