Well, I’ve been keeping to my diet and exercise routine. Not so much my cleaning. My place is still cleaner than it was, but I haven’t really done much to clean it up lately. Mostly it is because of what has been going on in my so-called life.
I started keeping a food log of everything I eat. Over two weeks, I average 1307 calories, 101 grams of carbs and 60 grams of protein per day. Considering I require about twice that many calories just to stay alive, not to mention what I need to be active at work and what I burn off while working out, it is not surprising that I have lost over 10 pounds in the last week.
Unfortunately, I only just received my scale a week ago, so I don’t know how much I lost before that. I definitely notice the difference. For one, I can tighten my belt more than one entire belt loop tighter than I could a few months ago.
Yeah, but isn’t that just water weight you’re losing, and won’t it just come back? No, I don’t think so. You see, I ordered of these new-fangled digital scales that not only measures weight, but also your body fat, water weight, muscle mass and bone mass. According to my scale, I have maintained a constant water weight since I started using it. Besides, I have a long way to go to reach my goal.
What is my weight-loss goal? Well, I don’t have a specific target weight. It’s more that I want to reach the “normal” and “safe” levels of body fat. I would also like to increase my muscle mass, especially my upper-body muscles. According to all the sites online, my “ideal” weight is under 180 pounds. I have a long way to go to reach that, but every little bit helps.
I realize that 10 pounds in one week is not only unsustainable, but is probably a little too high for safety. Back when I was a teenager, my dietitian told me that a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week was the maximum safe value. Of course, that was 30 years ago, so maybe the medical consensus has changed since then. On the other hand, I am so overweight that I’m not concerned; I think it safer to lose weight too fast than to keep that extra weight on me. Of course, this only applies until I reach a more reasonable weight.
So, working out. I used to work out when I was younger, but not like I do now. Back then, I would work out until it began to hurt, then would ease off and only exert enough effort to keep it from hurting. I would sweat, but not much. Now, I realize what it really means to work out. Once it starts to hurt, that is just the beginning of the work-out session. I am routinely drenched in sweat when I am done. I realize that I am so out of shape that a “normal” person would probably not sweat nearly as much as I do, but that’s the whole point. I want to lose weight and gain muscle until I am normal. Besides using the free weights to work on my upper-body strength, I use the stationary bike, treadmill and cross-training machines. I try to burn at least 300 calories per day using those machines. That may not sound like much to an expert, I really don’t know, but I am losing weight.
What about my diet, how is that going? Swimmingly. I am really having no problem staying on it, because unlike previous diets, I am not constantly hungry. In fact, there have been several days where I have had to force myself to eat something just so I could have a safe level of calories for the day. I continue to drink lots of water, which helps because it keeps my stomach full. When I am hungry but it’s not meal time, I snack on carrots or sunflower seeds or peanuts. I allow myself a “treat” every now and then, such as an ice cream sandwich or a glass of wine, just as long as I don’t exceed my daily limits.
It’s weird, but I actually enjoy eating salads now. Before, they were always “bleh”. Now, it’s almost like the feeling of eating a good steak. I figure it must have something to do with the diet I’m on. Whenever I do eat anything that is high in carbs, I always feel bloated and lethargic afterwards.
I have started drinking coffee. I never used to touch the stuff. The hard part is drinking it without sugar. Adding cream isn’t so bad, but I switched to non-dairy creamer to lower the calorie and carb count. Besides being a low-calorie alternative to plain water, the caffeine helps burn calories by keeping me active.
I bought a digital pedometer that I always wear. I walk a lot at work, and the pedometer shows that I average about 5000 steps per day. That alone is a significant calorie burner.
I really need to work on cleaning up more. I plan to dedicate tomorrow entirely to cleaning (and working out), partly because the annual village inspection is next week and I would like the place to look half-way decent. At least I can say that I haven’t allowed it to get any messier; I have managed to clean up after myself every day. I just have so much stuff.