Day 40: Protein, protein, protein

Day 39

So, first off, I ate below my calorie goal yesterday! Woo hoo! Feeling good about yesterday’s meal prep helped me stay strong in the face of temptation (AKA, chocolate chip cookies and booze). It also left me with 6 days worth of low calorie, and hopefully tasty, lunches in my freezer. I updated yesterday’s post to include how many calories per servings the lunches I made came out to. It was less than I expected them to be, around 373 calories each.

Secondly, I made it to the gym yesterday as planned and pushed myself to increase the weights I’ve been using on most of the exercises. I was nervous about increasing the weight on my goblet squats. My legs are pretty strong and can handle more weight, but my upper body is weak. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to hold the weight and maintain proper form while squatting, but I decided to put on my big girl pants though and went for it anyway. I’m happy to report that it was a successful attempt. I completed two sets with a 55 lbs dumbbell without sacrificing my form. Yay me!

Final step count: 18,366

Day 40

While I was playing around in MyFitnessPal today, I noticed that I’ve been doing a piss poor job of eating protein. I know eating a certain amount of protein every day wasn’t one of the goals I set for these next few weeks, but eating enough protein is super important for maintaining muscle mass when you’re trying to lose weight. I really don’t want to lose whatever little muscle I have hiding under this excess fat.

At the risk of adding yet another goal to my already long to do list, I really should make an effort to eat more protein. I’ve read that in order to maintain muscle mass while losing weight, the average person should eat 0.4 – 0.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. I’ve also read that it’s actually more like 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.

It won’t hurt me to shoot for the higher goal. Based on that 0.8 number, I should try to eat 102 grams of protein every day. MyFitnessPal says that with the exception of two or three days, I’ve hit the 0.4 number of 51 grams of protein per day for the past two to three weeks. So, that’s a plus.

Oh, and I tried one of my lunches today. It tasted good, but took a lot longer to cook than I had hoped. I’ll need to toss the bags in the fridge beforehand to thaw them out before cooking in the future. It was also a really filling meal. I ended up only eating half of it at first, and finishing the rest about an hour later. That’s not a bad thing though, I felt fuller longer and I still have a bunch of calories left for dinner tonight. I may stay under my calorie goal again today!

Current step total: 13,228

Current step goal streak: 10 days
Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days

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