Friday, October 06, 2006
So, after a full week of tracking everything that goes in my mouth, exercising, and drinking enough water to float a boat, I weighed in this morning. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but it was more than the one pound that I actually lost.
Now, this is certainly in the right direction, but I am impatient to see some results. I have to get my head around the fact that this will be a long haul and that weight lost quickly is going to come back just as quickly. And, I certainly wouldn't want that pound back!
Maybe I shoudn't be too surpised, since I haven't really changed too much. I didn't record my baseline calorie intake, so I'm not sure what I was taking in before, but maybe it is not that much lower now. I am still eating the same breakfast that I started eating when I was on Weight Watchers in 2003. My lunches are healthier now, with more fruits and veggies, but maybe not that much lower in calories than the frozen dinners (Lean Cuisine, etc) that I used to bring to work. I have cut out high-fat snacking (after work used to be a hungry time, calling for crackers & cream cheese, or paté, etc) and I have cut out alcohol during the week. Dinners are mainly the same, but now I'm cutting back on cooking oil, cheese, and other fatty addtions and adding more veggies so I can have a full plate.
Possibly the problem is that I have regained the 30 lbs. lost 3 years ago by only going a little over my maintenance calories every day -- at 1500 calories per pound, over 3 years I would only have to eat 95 extra calories per day!!! That number blows me away -- and suggests that I can't lose the weight at the rate I want by diet alone. Obviously, I need to burn extra calories through exercise and rev up my metabolism to burn more calories after exercise.
Unless I want to subsist on a deprivation diet of 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day (which I DON'T ), then exercise is the key element that I must work on.