I drowned my Garmin yesterday. I didn’t mean to; it’s supposed to be water resistant to a certain depth, but it wasn’t. All of the steps I took and all of the progress I made towards my step goal today is gone.
He won’t outright say so, but I think my husband is secretly glad my Garmin kicked the bucket. He isn’t a fan of my late night living room laps – especially while on vacation and even more so since we’re spending said vacation on a small boat. He’s supportive of my goals, but he doesn’t necessarily likes them.
Unfortunately, along with my Garmin, all of my self-restraint and motivation died too. Both yesterday and today were above-maintenance calorie days. Ironically, just a little while ago, an email from the wellness center popped into my inbox requesting I schedule my next Bod Pod. Today is technically the end of the third week since my last one.
My husband recently upgraded his Garmin, so I intend to use his old one (it’s the same model as my now-deceased one) instead of buying a new one. It’s back at home though, so I don’t really have a way of tracking my steps at the moment, unless I try to carry my phone with me everywhere – which I don’t intend to do on vacation.
We’re scheduled to return home on Sunday, so I’ll have to start fresh on Monday. It’s not the ideal solution, but it’s the best one I have. Until then, I’ll just have to do my best to stay active and not go over my maintenance calorie goal.
Current step total: your guess is as good as mine
Today is the first day of week three. I averaged 1,782 calories a day last week, and lost a little under a pound. I’ve been struggling with water weight fluctuations quite a bit this past week, so I’m not too concerned about it.
I also took some updated measurements yesterday. In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, and calf; and 3/4 of an inch from my hips.
Since Day 1 of this challenge, I’ve lost 7-8 lbs, 1/4 inch from my bicep, waist, thigh, 1/2 an inch from my chest, thigh, and calf, 2 and 1/4 inches from my waist, and 2 inches from my hips. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
8/4/18 8/20/18 9/20/18 10/03/18
Weight: 131.2 lbs 131 lbs 126.4 lbs 123.6 lbs
Measurements (in inches):
Bicep 10.75 10.75 10.75 10.5
Chest 35 35 34.5 34.5
Waist 31 30 29 28.75
Hips 37 37 35.75 35
Thigh 22 22 21.75 21.5
Calf 14 14 13.75 13.5
I’m really happy with my progress so far. Although I’d rather not keep losing inches from hips, I’m happy to see my thighs finally start slimming a bit. They just weren’t budging. Now, I just need to get my next Bod Pod scheduled and hopefully see some real progress in terms of losing body fat.
Happy Thursday everyone!
Current step total: 1,724
Yesterday, I thought long and hard about my short and long-term goals and about what changes I need to make to my daily goals to reach them.
For my short-term goals, I want to continue to lose fat mass, ideally 1 lb of fat a week, and I want to retain as much fat free mass as possible while doing it. Long-term, I would like to reach 22% body fat, and then switch to trying to build muscle.
So, what does that mean for the next four weeks or so?
From my previous daily goals, I’m going to continue doing the following:
- Walk 15,000 steps a day – it’s the whole point of this blog
- Log everything I eat – a must for calorie counting
- Weigh myself daily – needed to figure out my actual TDEE
- Maintain my TDEE spreadsheet – to help me determine what my TDEE really is
- Consistently complete my Strong program workouts – regardless of what my results say, I still believe weight training in important for maintaining muscle mass when losing weight
I’m going to change my calorie goal to the following:
- Eat 1,500 to 1,700 calories a day, with an optional 1,900 – 2,100 calorie day a week
- I want to write a bit about why I intend to follow this new way of counting calories. Although I did lose weight on an average of 1,815 calories a day, I’m still hesitant to believe that 1,815 calories a day will result in a sufficient calorie deficit for me to lose 1 lb a week. I want to average less than 1,815 calories a day.
- Since this is the area I struggle most in, I want to give myself some flexibility. Not too much, but just enough where I don’t feel so restricted or deprived, but I’m still averaging less than 1,815 calories a day. By focusing on a weekly average instead of a daily goal, I’m able to set a range of calories for each day.
- Additionally, by giving myself a controlled “cheat day,” I’m further decreasing my feelings of being restricted and deprived. And just because I’m giving myself the cheat day, doesn’t mean I need to use it. It’s just there for when I need it.
- I chose the calorie ranges I did because when I add up the maximum daily calories for a week and divide by 7 to come up with the average, it’s still less than 1,815 calories a day (the average comes out to 1,757 calories a day). At the lowest end of my ranges, the average daily calorie goal comes out to 1,557 calories.
- Hopefully, this will result in a 1 lb weekly loss of fat. If I haven’t seen the scale budge in two weeks, I will trying lowering my ranges by 50 to 100 calories each; but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
And finally, I’m adding a new goal:
- Eat 100 grams of protein daily – I need to start focusing on the quality of my food now too, and not just the quantity of it; a high-protein diet will help me retain my fat free mass while I’m trying to lose all of this extra fat
If I consistently stick with the daily goals above, I hope to see a 4 lbs loss of fat at my next Bod Pod assessment (to be scheduled ), and hopefully no change in my fat free mass (unless it increases; that’s a change I’d be happy with). Hopefully, these goals are more realistic than my last ones. I’ll just have to take it one day at a time and see how it goes.
Final calorie count: 15,156
So, I did a thing late last night. I stumbled across DietBet and impulsively joined a 6-month bet. DietBet, as I learned right before I signed up, is a website/app where you basically bet money on losing weight. Depending on what bet you choose to join, you have to lose a certain percentage of your weight by a certain time frame in order to hopefully win back your money and then some.
The bet I joined has six weight loss targets, one each month of the bet, that I’ll have to reach in order to win some (not much) cash. The first weight loss target is a month from September 4th, and it’s 3% of my weight (3.81 lbs).
That’s a little more weight that I had planned to lose this month by doing my Experiments 1 and 2. But, I joined DietBet for the motivation (considering I can be pretty competitive at times), so I’ll just have to weigh the pros and cons before I commit to it 100%. I have 14 days to decide. A 3% weight loss goal isn’t unreasonable, but it may require some changes to my aforementioned experiments. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Final step count: 15,569
Current step goal streak: 2 days
Previous step goal streak: 13 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days