Previous Weight: 193.4
Today's Weight: 190.2
Difference: 3.2 pound loss
Obviously I'm very happy with that loss but I'm assuming that some of it is water weight, plus I don't want to make a habit of dropping weight too quickly. I feel like 1-2 pounds a week is healthy, but certainly don't want to drop 3 or more pounds a week consistently! I did decide to bump up my calories just slightly starting yesterday from 1500 to 1550. I've been paying attention to my body since getting back on track, and what I'm finding is that I've been consistently hungry after dinner in the evenings and starving by the time I wake up. I'm not a breakfast person, so being that hungry in the mornings (plus seeing the scale this morning) tells me that I just need a little extra food during the day. I'm going to try that for a week so that I have enough for one bigger meal during the day or an extra piece of fruit in the evenings. I figure if it helps, great and if not I can adjust slightly more. Part of the issue is that I underestimate my exercise calories since I feel like MFP tends to really overestimate their numbers, so I'm likely burning more than I think I am. It's just going to take some calibrating to get things right.
Things have otherwise been going really well. I've really done my best to focus on whole foods and to make sure that I'm getting fruit and/or vegetables at every meal. The way I feel is just night and day compared to over the holidays. My pants feel so much more comfortable and my energy is starting to spike again. I'm not craving garbage and my urge to snack at night/between meals has pretty much vanished. The prep work and organization can be challenging for someone as disorganized as myself, sometimes I feel like I'm in an endless cycle of prepping and cooking, but it's definitely been worth it in the long run. Being able to grab my already prepared breakfasts/lunches from the fridge has definitely made the mornings less stressful. Some sample meals from the past week:
- Baked sweet potato with toasted almonds and blueberries + soft boiled egg (breakfast)
- Slice of wheat toast with PB and a banana (breakfast)
- Cooking Light beef vegetable stew with rice (dinner)
- Homemade tomato soup, 2 soft boiled eggs, orange slices (lunch)
- Rice noodle salad with cabbage, radish and carrots (lunch)
My workouts have been really tough because I'm working on getting my fitness levels back to what they were, but I feel like I'm finally working through the cycle of being sore after every workout. Today is the first time I don't feel muscle fatigue, plus I feel like I have a ton of energy! I am eager to get back the muscle tone in my legs and arms, I sadly lost a bit in a mere 3 months! I spent Tuesday looking at my workout calendar and planning what programs I'm doing until April. I have a trip in February (Los Angeles) and then two trips in May, (Cincinnati and Chincoteague, Virginia) so basically I'm just trying to train around those dates and have a plan in place.
I was pretty stoked to see that Fitness Blender actually has an upper body lifting routine that doesn't focus on mass building, so I purchased that one as well as a two week program that's kind of a HIIT/fat burning thing. Once my FB Booty program is over, I'll go straight into the 2 week HIIT program. That will end right before our Los Angeles trip, then when I get back I will do 4 weeks of the Upper Body program plus FB Booty in tandem. I know it seems like a lot, but the upper body (FB Flex) and FB Booty are only 3 days a week each. This way I'll have 6 days of workouts and leg/arm days will be alternated. After THAT, I'm doing their 4 week abs program. Needless to say, I'm covered until my trips in May, and also hoping that by then I'll be well on my way to goal! After that, I think I may start up one of their 8 week programs since I'll actually be around town for awhile.
I started writing up a big thing about my workouts, because I realize that I've never really gone into detail about what they're like, but it made this post too long. I will post it in a separate thing this week so that your eyes aren't glazing over! I will also be posting a review for all of the Naturally Ella recipes I'm making.