Even though I went on a little business trip to an exotic locale (if you can call San Juan, Puerto Rico exotic) and didn’t log everything that went into my mouth, I was still able to reduce my weight.
Last week — 284.6 lbs
This week — 283.2 lbs
Reduced — 1.4 lbs
Total from the beginning — ~19 lbs give or take a few tenths
Of course, my all time high was about 303 lbs right before the Christmas holidays but I started actually counting around the beginning of the New Year.
The Way I Eat
Obviously, the ideal is to keep track of everything I put into my mouth and to add it to my online calorie counter and exercise log. It tells me how many calories I should take in just to maintain my current weight (my Basal Metabolic Rate). However, life is not ideal.
In addition to going to San Juan between last week and today I also went to a chili dinner fundraiser thing for a local swim club in my area. It wasn’t a lot of food but it was chili (with cheese and rice and cornbread and cookies…you get the idea). I think just the awareness of the fact that I want to keep reducing my weight is helping me from going completely nuts and loading up plate after plate.
Now, though, I don’t think I have any big meals on the horizon – fundraisers, professional associations, meeting friends for dinner – anything like that. So, now I can get back to watching those calories more closely.
Back To The Gym
I also went back to the gym yesterday for the first time since my arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus. 30 minutes on the treadmill at 2.0 mph. That’s a pretty leisurely stroll but it was 30 minutes straight and it burned 163 calories that wouldn’t have burned otherwise. As time goes on. I’ll increase my speed, increase the incline to the treadmill and increase the burn rate on the calories. I’ll also get back into the circuit training which helps with the strength and, I’m told, also helps burn the weight off a tad faster. Plus, I need to make sure my muscle tone doesn’t go completely to hell. Not that there is that much of it now.
So, all in all, I’m pleased that I’m making progress at about 1.357 pounds a week. It would be nice to step it up and maybe getting back to the gym will help with that. I’m still looking at a goal weight that is a looong way down the road.