I had another good week! Down two more pounds! Yes...I am going to be happy about 2 pound losses! Even my nights away for work have been good, I haven't spent the evening working and eating cookies! I increased my exercise to 3 workouts of 30 minutes and one workout of 24 minutes.
I finally watched the rest of last week's The Biggest Loser. I was thinking about how they are disappointed if they don't have double digit losses...I would love to have double digit losses every week -but it isn't practical to think that I can lose that much in a week. The contestants on TBL are working out every day for hours...that is not the real life way to lose weight and keep it off long term. I know that I could push myself to workout for an hour a day 5 days a week and I would lose more weight - but I would end up hitting a plateau and having no where to go to get past it! I know this from past experience so this is my philosophy of healthy living and weight loss:
Start out small - work your way up...then when you hit a plateau you can easily increase your workouts to start losing again. I started out doing 4 twenty minute workouts a week. The second week I did 1 thirty minute workout and 3 twenty-four minute workout. I am up to 30 minute workouts - so I will do 4 of them a week for a couple of weeks and then I will increase to 5 thirty minute workouts a week.
This is what has happened to me in the past:
I start out doing 5 thirty to forty-five minute workouts a week and eating 1300 to 1500 calories a week. I lose weight fairly quickly - I even had a week that I lost 11 pounds in one week (Biggest Loser numbers)! I get about 15 pounds away from my goal weight and guess what? PLATEAU!!! No more weight loss for two or three weeks. So...I think I have to increase my workouts so I start doing 60 minutes 5 days a week. I end up exhausted or I just plain don't have the time to do that much since I work full time. So - I decide I have to eat less - I try to cut back to 1200 calories a day - my new weight might indicate that I can eat that little -but guess what again? I can't. 1200 calories isn't a realistic amount of food for me to eat a day -so I end up snacking and eating too much. I am so close to my goal - but I just can't get there!!
So - this is the reasonable way to eat. I am eating about 1500 calories a day - yes if you are smart and know how to figure stuff out you can figure out how much I weigh. As I lose - my calorie allowance will go down, but I will also be increasing my exercise which will allow me to eat a little more and still lose weight. I am not a fitness professional - but I know what works and what doesn't work for me so instead of listening to what a bunch of supposed 'Gurus' say, I am doing what I know will work for me. It is my personalized plan - I will continue to keep you posted!!