Hey all and happy friday! feel free to share your results and comments on the week.
This very short week 1 has gone pretty well for me, with little problem adapting to my new portions, a few snags with my workout, and a nice (if probably misleading) result on the scale. Here's the breakdown in depth:
My new portions have been a transition, but are going well given I'm still in the week 1 glow. my typical breakfast is 1 serving of oatmeal, either some cottage cheese or a scrambled egg, a piece of fruit, and coffee w/ a little cream and sugar. Lunch and Dinner are both a serving of rice/pasta with 3 oz. meat and veggies and a bit of an appropriate sauce, a big salad with a tbsp of dressing, and either a piece of cheese (lunch) or glass of wine (dinner). my serving sizes (now that I'm measuring what I eat) are about 2/3 the size of what they once were, and seconds are a thing of the past. I'm clocking about 1600 calories a day, which is right where I want to be. Aside from some transition hunger pangs for the first couple of days, all is going well, and my tummy seems to be settling down into the new reality. I had a bit of a challenge yesterday, as I went out to lunch with a colleague, but I had advance warning and was able to talk them into Subway, where I was able to get one of the healthy subs that kept my calorie count in range for the day. If I can stay anal about measuring things (easy now, as I just bought a new bento box
that has the perfect sized containers for my breakfast and lunch), I should be in pretty good shape. While I'm going to play with some other recipes on occasion to stave off a potential rut (I'm pondering knocking together a week's worth of chili or bean soup this weekend), right now it's good to be eating my usual things, just less of them and with a salad at every meal. I'm nervous about having my prescribed free meal this weekend, as I have so little good behavior under my belt, but I know if I don't make myself do these weekly "controlled burns", as it were, it's a recipe for disaster.
I wish I could say the same for my exercise. I have an apartment gym, as well as a health club where I have privileges as a member of the University staff. The problem is, using either one neccessitates getting up at ungodly-o-clock and dragging myself into gym clothes and onto a treadmill. That problem is going to be much easier once I move closer to work and into a neighborhood where I feel safe walking before sunup, and I decided that until then, an exercise video would be a reasonable choice. I got the Walk away the Pounds 30-minute workout, and it's a very nice little low-impact aerobic workout that gets my heart rate into the target zone. The bad news is I only accomplished it once so far this week. I need to start setting my alarm about 15 minutes earlier to make it practical, which was NOT going to happen the first week back at work after a 10-day vacation. I'm going to do the video both weekend days and/or walk if the weather cooperates, and try dialing back the alarm 15 minutes on monday.
I was perfect on food, even with an unexpected dine-out on day 3 of my diet. Exercise was a bit of a flop, but I wanted to get settled in with my food before I got too OCD about that part. overall I'm quite pleased with things, though I realize this is the honeymoon period and I'll be hitting the wall in a few weeks. in any case, I earned my treat for the week.
The Bottom Line:
raw weight change: -3.4 lbs (probably mostly water)
weight trend (calculated via weighted moving average): -0.5 lbs (goal -1.2 lbs for a full week)
est. Calorie shortfall: 511/Day (goal is 600/day)
So, how did you do this week?