I am still trying to thaw out on this very cold Wednesday morning. The hubs and kids are home, and we are trying to make the most of our "ice/snow" day. Although, for south Alabama, mostly just a thick layer of slippery ice. And even though I'm a little late getting this post up, (taking it easy and hanging with the fam), I'm reporting in with this week's weigh in.
After maintaining last week, I started logging into MyFitnessPal to see if I was eating too many calories without realizing it (my username on MFP is amandore if anyone wants to add me). As a rule, I have not tied myself to counting calories, I just try to make healthy decisions. But when I have a week when the scale doesn't budge, I like to check myself.
|An example meal for me: Turkey sandwich on whole wheat sandwich round with veggies on it. 1/2 cup strawberries, and one kiwi.|
|Rachel and I all bundled up and ready to run our mile for the fit test. Thanks for the encouragement at the end of my run, Rachel! You rock!|
|I found this on Pinterest and couldn't find a source.|
So, here's the deal. I lost a pound over this past week, and today when I weighed again, I had gained it back. So, I am still sitting at 28 pounds lost.
Three things that I think were contributing to that:
1. I have started eating whole wheat bread and pasta again, about one or two times a day. I am just one of those people who can't eat bread and pasta on a regular basis, whether it's whole grain or not. Boo! So, this week, I will be back to NO breads. (not completely carb-free, but eating low glycemic index carbs like beans, and lentils.)
2. On MyFitnessPal, after you enter in your exercise, it gives the calories you burned back to you to eat. There has been a big debate on whether or not to eat them back after a workout, and in the past I haven't. But this week, I did. I didn't want my body to go into starvation mode and slow my metabolism. The number of calories that you are allowed to begin with is supposed to allow for steady, slow weight loss. (I have mine set for a two pound weight loss weekly.) So, for me, I can't eat the calories back. I might eat a handful of nuts or something small for a post-workout snack, but can't eat the majority of them back or, case in point, I don't lose the weight.
3. I am only getting in about four workouts in per week. Sometimes only three. I need to be doing something at least five or six days a week, even if it is just walking.
Frustrating? Yes. But, sometimes you have to adjust things to make them work for you. I hope next week, after making these adjustments, I will have positive results to report:
*No bread or pasta, even whole grain.
*No eating the majority of calories back after workout.
*Exercise five to six times per week.
To view the post that started my weight loss journey, click here.