Day 62 of 70 - Slowing Down

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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
emoticon 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! emoticon
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 I suppose I should be proud that I'm still tracking and trying because about 10 of my original teammates are no longer active in the challenge.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!
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  • LINOU052
    Make your own yogurt using fresh fruit. Keep it up!
    1298 days ago
    Keep working on that healthier you!
    1298 days ago
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