March 28, 2011 by
So, it was nice breaking through that plateau for all of a day. W. T. F.
Whatever. You’ve been warned, I’m crampy and edgy today.
Cereal for breakfast.
Lunch was questionably stale carrots and hummus, pineapple with yogurt and Kashi, and turkey and cheddar on a sandwich thin.
I am not a huge deli meat fan (it’s so slimy and smells like farts), but I thought it might be a nice change and it was on sale. So I stuck this in our office’s toaster oven to dry it out a bit, and that helped.
I like nuts.
After work exercise was a speedy-ish three miles. People always ask me how to make the treadmill interesting, and my answer is always intervals! They don’t have to be big changes, but altering the speed a little bit every quarter of a mile gives me small, intermediate goals to work towards.
I increased the speed one click up every quarter mile for the first 1.5 miles, starting at 6.2 (9:40 pace) and ending at 6.7 (8:53 pace), and then spending the next 1.5 miles clicking back down at a similar rate. It was almost like running up a speed hill…plateauing at 8:53 for half a mile…and then riding it back down.
I felt strong, for the most part. The last half mile was bad because I was feeling super crampy, but that can’t be helped. Also, the guy on my left smelled like taco seasoning, and the guy on my right had a juicy, loud cough, which was nasty.
Dinner was Skinny Taste mac and cheese and baked chicken nuggets.
Anyway, guys? I’m kind of confused.
I know how weight loss works—calories in, calories out. But something ain’t working these days.
Sparkpeople suggests that, to lose 1 pound a week, I should eat 1,430-1,780 calories/day, if I burn an estimated 2300 calories per week.
Livestrong and BMR/the Harris-Benedict Equation suggest that, to lose 1 pound a week, at a moderate activity level, I should eat 1,883 calories.
The Fat 2 Fit Podcast calculators suggest that I should eat 2,319 calories per day and lose very slowly.
I guess I don’t quite know where to land.
If I eat on Sparkpeople’s low end of 1430 calories/day, I will be cranky and my running will suffer, but I will lose weight.
If I eat on Sparkpeople’s high end in the 1700ish calorie range, my running will be great, but I’m not losing weight right now, even though by all calculations, I should be.
I’m tempted to just take the rest of this week and, for shits and giggles, go up to, say, 2100-2200 calories a day, monitor my weight closely, and see what the hell happens. If it goes up significantly, obviously that’s not what I want, and I’ll rein it in.
I guess it’s just easier to experiment going up rather than down. In a way, I feel like it’s kind of a cop-out…like, “oh, what the hell, let’s just eat more.” But on the other hand…I can’t imagine seriously experimenting with going down the the 1400 calorie/day range, because I know that can’t be a permanent lifestyle, you know? I would be miserable and my workouts would suffer.
Go up? Go down? Stick with what I’m doing? WTF?