I typically try to keep my caloric intake at about 1,400 each day. MFPal says if I don't exercise at all, I'm allowed 1,260, so I figured with my moderate to intense exercise, I should have about 1,400. Some how I got that number in my head and went with it.
I haven't lost any weight in a LONG time.
I decided to go back on MFPal and have them calculate my calories with intense exercise, since I've been doing "Insanity", which is a crazy hard exercise program.
I was shocked to see that I'm allowed 2,000 calories on my Insanity days. Holy smokes, that's a lot of calories! I haven't eaten like since the 'old days'.
I decided to put all my fears aside, and go for the 2,000. I was terrified. The last thing I want to do is GAIN weight at this point.
I tracked my food all day and got to just about 2,000. I didn't eat when I wasn't hungry but I snacked a lot to get it all in. I spent 2 hours at the pool with my kiddos so I was actually starving in the afternoon, which helped me get up to the magic number.
I went to bed with my tummy feeling satisfied, but my brain being scared. I didn't want to think about the scale in the morning.
Well, I'm here to tell you that I got on the scale this am. and was DOWN 1.2 pounds! Get outta' town. Really? I can eat MORE and lose weight?
I think the important lesson is that our bodies are machines that need fuel. Doing all that Insane exercise and not refueling is really not doing my body much good.
I will continue to track my intake daily to make sure I stay on track. I'm hoping I've found the key to my maintenance success. I may also have figured out why I've been tired ALL THE TIME.
Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your day!