Guess what. Scale says 221. Up 2 pounds this week. Might be the sodium from yesterday, or maybe I should lower my calories or carb or fat. Hard to know...
I figured my average stats for the week. Here is the average per day that I ate this week:
Frankly this whole thing gives me a headache. I *know* I am burning more than 1421 calories in a day, between my fairly active lifestyle, the strength training, the biking and swimming. Yes, I am in this for health, but I am also wanting to be lighter for the sake of my feet and my joints. I *do* tend to compare results to Medifast but I also remember when I lost the first 60 pounds (counting calories and exercising) and I did lose at a fairly regular pace. Sure it would be great to drop 7 pounds a month like I did on Medifast, but I was losing at a good clip *before* Medifast, calorie counting and biking:
240 March (-8)
235 April (-5)
228 May (-7)
219 June (-9)
216 July (-3)
... and then I stalled for 20 months. What IS it about this weight that is so hard to break free from? Those stats, by the way, are from 2008, when I was counting calories and aiming for about 1500/day. I am exercising a lot more now than I was then.
Anyway, I really don't know what to do. I try to glean wisdom from the comments people leave. I get some really important insights there. Yet there are such differing opinions on what to actually DO, from "you change things too often, just stick with it and give it time" to "if it isn't working, change it." In my own head I go back and forth between "stick with it" and "change it" a lot. I have stuck with the same basics with slight tweaking for many months. I did try Primal/Paleo and felt so yucky and almost ill on it for the whole time (3-4 weeks I believe) but I do still try to keep my carbs low. I have thought about cutting back to 1200 calories max but don't know if I can sustain the exercise on that level of nutrition. I don't even know...
I am torn between two ideas:
A) keep counting calories, adjust the carbs down and protein up and keep watching the quality of fat, while exercising at the same level (I cannot increase it any further until my feet are better)
B) stop counting calories, focus on exercising and quality of nutrition while eating as little as possible to sustain my activity level. No worries here about starving myself... I always manage to get in at least 1200 whether I count or not.
I wish I had a clear cut answer. I'm going to think about it and I do appreciate your feedback. I am also going to start taking Chromium Picolinate daily.
Either way the exercise stays and I am cutting the carbs back and aiming for grain free.
Time to HIIT it?
5 hours ago