Sunday, December 19, 2010

Calorie Update

I decided - after bringing home three baggies of cookies from mom's, holding out against the onslaught of foods at grandma's, and wandering the aisles of the grocery store - that it was time to adjust my weekly weight loss goal, and thus my allowable calories per day. It was set at 3.1 pounds weight loss per week, but that would have given me only 993 calories per day this week. Just not enough by any means.

So I backed the weight loss down to 2 pounds per week, and that boosted my calories per day to 1,543. With the exercise I do, the foods I want to eat, and the holiday temptations, I think this is a much more reasonable expectation. It'll be a huge difference from the past 9 weeks, but hopefully it doesn't impact the weight loss too much. Granted, I don't expect to see my average of 5 pounds loss this week, but I don't want to see a gain. That's my biggest worry. If I see a gain I might give up and the past 9 weeks will have been all for nothing.

I was going to have to increase the calories at some point, why not now? I'm just worried. Worried, worried, worried.


Escape Pirate said...

Well, I ate my 1,500 calories for the day...and boy, do I feel full.

And guilty.

This is going to be a big adjustment mentally (although it will feel amazing to be physically more full).

Ryan said...

Dude, suck it up. You're going to have to eat eventually. Maybe even 2000 calories a day. What do you think is going to happen once you're at your goal weight? You can't operate at a deficit forever. I might put on 2-3 pounds between workouts. Then I burn through it. It's not the end of the world if you gain a pound. No reason at all to throw away 3 months worth of hard work.

ComputerChick said...

I agree. You are looking for balance not an all or none attitude. You can do it . . . you are the pirate! Remember goals are good, they don't all have to be met immediately. Please enjoy the holidays ~ perhaps a visit to church and some more Christmas music. Smile :-)

Escape Pirate said...

Actually, this eating more is quite awesome. Sure, it's disappointing to not go negative with the calories each day, but just the ability to eat a snack or a dessert (especially Christmas cookies) is fantastic.