Maybe I put my body into starvation by adhering to the Lose It app's calorie allowance of 880 base calories for 3 weeks, and maybe my body needs to kick back into gear, but I weighed for the first time in 6 days since switching to the My Fitness Pal app with a 1200 base calorie allowance and I only lost .4 lbs. I guess that is better than nothing, but I would like to see 1 - 2 lbs of loss rather than a measley .4.
Everyone has scolded me for not having my calorie base at 1200, but seriously guys, it is HARD to consume those 1200 calories plus what I burn in exercise. I guess I could decrease my exercise, but I don't want to. I really enjoy my 1 hour workout everyday. I feel like I am forcing myself to eat when I am not really hungry at times. Grant it, some days I have no problem consuming the allotted calories and actually struggle to keep under... like yesterday was a good example, but most days I am struggling to be within 300 calories of achieving my calorie intake goal.
Here is a daily scenario for me since starting the My Fitness Pal App:
I wake up, eat a 250-400 calorie breakfast that can include anything from grits, cheese, banana, yogurt, kashi bar, pancakes with peanut butter, or oatmeal... not all of those at once, but not one of those things at a time either... confusing I bet. All of those things are all natural or organic, I am not using mixes or anything artificial. I also drink 1 cup of coffee with a tbsp of half and half and 1 tsp sugar.
Lunch can vary between 300 - 400 calories... occasionally I get about 500 calories in at lunch, but those are the days that I have no problem getting my calorie allowance met. I sometimes eat lunch before my workout which will be a piece of fruit and half a peanut butter sandwich, a salad, or something along those lines.
My workout is 1 hour where I burn 500+ calories on the elliptical. On the weekends I do my workout around noon or a little after; on weekdays I do my workout at 6am. I change the intensity throughout the workout at 10 minute intervals.
I sometimes eat a piece of fruit as a snack.
Dinner will be a lot of my calories. I can consume anywhere from 400 - 700 calories at dinner. I choose meals that are high in protein and usually incorporate a good amount of produce.
And that's it... OH! And throughout all of that I am making sure I take in 64 - 72 oz. of water a day.
Today is not typically my weigh in day, so I will weigh again tomorrow and hopefully not have a gain. I will be sad for sure. I wonder... I am also due to have my monthly womanly punishment any day now... I think that has an effect on weight.
The thing is, I have noticed that my big belly roll when I sit down has shrunk considerably. My jammie pants that used to be snug are very roomy and more comfortable now. Those are good encouraging changes that keep me going even when the scale spits in my face, so to speak.
I am going to keep at it for sure, but I needed to get my frustrations out. Official weigh in post is tomorrow. I also start classes tomorrow! YIKES. I am really nervous because I have 2 online courses as well as 2 seated courses. I have never done an online course and I am concerned that I won't be self disciplined enough to keep up with it.
STRESS STRESS STRESS STRESS STRESS STRESS.
That's not good for weight loss either.
Oh well, I will just keep at it. One day at a time for school and one week at a time for weight loss.