So I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and I think this is a good month to try it.
The most challenging thing about weight loss is always finding the sweet spot. I have no problem taking a to-do checklist, and submitting myself to the process, and then when everything is done, I should have attained my goal. Right? Well, of course not. I’ve had weeks where I ate pizza, sat on the couch, and lost weight. I’ve had weeks where I busted my ass, ate really healthy, and gained weight. It’s not a process that always makes sense. In fact, it usually doesn’t make much sense.
However, the one thing that I can count on is finding the sweet spot – that magical spot where I’m eating just enough to stave off starvation and feel fueled enough to go on with my day, and exercising enough to feel good after workouts, and not exhausted. When I find this ratio, I lose weight effortlessly. I spent so many months being able to do this without really trying and then around 170 my body decided it didn’t want to cooperate. It took a complete reswizzling of my plan and a couple months of frustration while I figured out what to do. I’m still not 100% sure I’m doing the right thing but each month my weight seems to be declining, and I haven’t been miserable for the most part.
I figure it would be fun to give myself a little licesnse to see what is comfortable for me. Do I want to work out more at the price of eating more? Would I rather control my calories a little more and be able to spend more time relaxing? This month, we will see.
At my minimum, I am going to be eating 1300 calories per day. If I eat only 1300 calories per day – or 9100 per week (highly unlikely), I can do my minimum workout – weights, yoga, and 3 days of cardio (one DDR day, one long run, and one 5k run). Each 100 calories I eat on top of that equals another 7 minutes of intense cardio (DDR, interval runs), or 14 minutes of mild cardio (walking, ice skating). So, at my normal consumption now, I’m going to add approximately 77 minutes to my cardio per week (which adds another day + a little more on another day, which is normal). If I go crazy on the wine, cake, or wine cake, I do not need to have any fear, regret, remorse, or guilt. I just need to move my ass for a little longer. If I don’t feel like moving my ass vigorously, we can just go take a nice long walk.
I will be offsetting everything by a week. This week I will be doing my normal workouts, and keeping a tally of the amount of calories I take in. Then starting NEXT Monday I will determine how much I need to be workouting. Should be interesting – I’ll keep you posted on how this goes! I am also scoping out races to run at the end of the month, so that might manipulate the program a little. By the way, this will be my last post as a 20-something…tomorrow is my birthday and I officially become ancient!