Wednesday Weigh In
I lay in my bed this morning, dreading the scale. I hemmed, hawed and replayed the last week in my head.
I knew I’d been over on calories every day but one. Not by a lot, but a 100 here, a 150 there. Last week I posed a theory: if my weekly net overage was more than 300 calories, I would gain. Last week, my net overage was around 600 and I gained .2 lbs. Negligible, I know, but not a loss either. If that theory held true, I thought as I lay there in the darkness, then today would be at least a pound gain.
I lost 1.8 lbs this week.
I’m totally baffled by this.
I exercised less this week. I didn’t eat more (in fact, I probably ate less), but my net calories at the end of the day was over goal 6 out of 7 days. How did this happen? Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled. I just need to know what I did right so I can keep going on that track!
Wed: Over by 362. Two meals out that day. No exercise. Alternatively, I had salmon and chicken pesto, decent choices.
Thu: Over by 15. OK not a lot. This day I did a new cardio DVD and had some mall walking. I also made a zucchini lasagna that was absolutely amazing (from Skinnytaste, you should try it!) and had a huge veggie sub from Subway. Not lousy choices, good choices.
Fri: Over by 147. Again, not terrible. Another restaurant meal this day, and I chose fish, which was great and healthy. It snowed this day so I shoveled snow and also walked on the treadmill.
Sat: Over by 489. A lot. Birthday dinner for my daughter at home, including cake. I did take a long walk with the dog though.Sun: Over by 326. I spent this day in New York City with my daughter and a friend seeing Wicked on Broadway. More eating at restaurants. I chose spinach pie and fish tacos, both good choices. I also chose plenty of wine (we took the train!), but we also walked a lot.
Mon: Under by 608. A huge deficit. I ran five miles on Monday so that is why there were so many extra calories. For once, I didn’t eat them. I still made low calorie choices. This day I actually ate four smaller meals and it felt pretty good.
Tue: Over by 196. Didn’t have much time for exercise but I did squeeze in a quick DVD and some mall walking. Had another restaurant meal and again chose well: salmon salad.
I guess this is telling me that it isn’t simple. That sometimes it isn’t just about the numbers but the food choices. Even though I was over nearly every day, most of what I ate was still healthy, whole food. And while I ran less, I did still exercise six out of seven days in some form or another.
OK even after going through it I’m still baffled. But I’ll take it.
Current Week: -1.8 lbs
Total Weight Left To Lose: 13.8 lbs
Weeks Left to Goal Date: 3