Sometimes it's funny how quickly our thought process can change. Just last week (and prior, actually) I had been struggling to eat more than 1300 calories, but for some reason..it just wasn't happening. Then, just days into testing out calorie cycling and forcing myself to eat an enormous quantity of food, per day, my thought process, suddenly, did an about face!
I recognized, rather quickly, that simply eating more food was not what I was REALLY craving, at all. Sure, my body felt better with the extra calories. How could it not..I was under eating for the amount of fitness I was putting in, yet not accounting for, since it was 'work' related.
How wrong was I!!!
After going back to wearing my pedometer, I quickly discovered just how demanding my job REALLY is!
On average, by the end of my work day, my pedometer reads...
17,000 - 18,000+ steps taken!
7 - 8+ miles walked!
Between 600 - 700 calories burned!
That's all the proof I need!!
After doing the calculations for last week, it proves that my physical job is the MAIN reason for my weight loss! Here are the results...
Work: 6 days..3,247 calorie burn!!
2 Treadmill workouts: 359 calorie burn
1 TaeBo: 245 calorie burn
1 Recumbent Bike: 71 calorie burn
Total 'exercise' burn: 3,922 **2,572 was from 'work'!**
Total 'calorie' deficit: 1,328 **189 calories, per day, is all!**
This amount resulted in a 1.5 pound loss on Tuesday...which totally matches with the above numbers!
How is that for proof!!!
Not only did this allow me to learn that added Cardio is not the end all, and when I'm exhausted after working, I don't NEED to FORCE myself through 30 minutes of it. But it helped my brain to accept the fact that I CAN eat at a higher than 1300 calorie amount, and not have to worry about it, cause I still am doing enough to lose weight! Other than to keep my Heart Muscle strong & healthy, cardio is not necessary, but maybe 1 day per week!
And it was because of this revelation, that two other changes have come to be with me! These are BIG, at least in my eyes....
1. I, now, enjoy challenging myself to keep those step numbers climbing! In fact, today was to be a Rest Day, yet I wanted to put in about 11,000 steps, minimum. So what did I do? I placed my laptop onto my treadmill, cause I told myself if I wanted to be online...then I'm gonna have to work for it!! And I just walked, slowly, while I surfed! I'm already at that 11,000 target number and it is only 4pm! YES!!
2. My desire to keep losing has been refueled! I realize that I can still make more progress with myself, and instead of fearing dipping into the 120's, because of failures in the past, I'm just gonna go for it!!
125...Here I Come!
**As of this week, I have lost a total of 26 pounds!