So Fitness Friday was originally proposed on November 12th, and it was to last up to Christmas. If we're going by that schedule, this will be the last one. I sort of like having a day to check in on what I'm doing with myself in terms of health/fitness, though - so there might be some more Fitness Fridays in the future.
If we're recapping from the original post, my two goals were to: 1) lose 9-10 pounds; and 2) workout most days of the week.
I did not achieve goal one.
I did achieve goal two.
Frankly I'm feeling a little confused by the whole weight loss thing. After LB & Tippy's comments last week about how I'm potentially not eating enough calories (something also preached by Tony Horton of P90x), I did some internet research about it. I'm feeling even more in the dark than I was before.
The LoseIt! app tells me I should eat ~1250/day to lose 2 lbs a week. It doesn't account for exercise, other than "letting" you eat more if you work out. One website I found said I should eat the amount of calories/day that would sustain my goal weight (which makes proper sense, I think); so I calculated that amount in the LoseIt! app and it was ~2000/day. Mmmk.
Then I found a website that gave me all these equations to calculate different stuff: my BMR (basal metabolic rate), and then the number of calories/day to lose weight. This felt the most legit because I was using my current weight and my goal weight, and I was calculating how much I exercise (because I definitely have a high & intense exercise level every week). I don't remember the exact number, but it was something like 3000 calories/day to lose weight. Hmm.
I don't know. I'm sure we can all argue points for any of those plans. I'll tell you that the thought of eating 3000 calories/day freaks me out. I don't think I could do it.
But anyway - I'm getting carried away with this one point. To recap my week, I didn't eat awesome (ate out Wednesday for lunch & dinner; generally didn't care as much about counting calories) and I didn't exercise on Sunday (too hungover) or Wednesday (too lazy in the afternoon and then time crept away and I had book club). So not a great week, really. No weight lost - maybe a pound gained? It's tough to tell what is legitimately weight gained vs. water retained following a day of bad eating.
I'm having some other general thoughts about weight loss and/or body image - but I'll probably save them for another post.
How did you guys do this week?