Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Calories Count

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!


Ronnie said...

Happy 4th, hon!!

Glad you found some answers for your maintenance journey! :)

Robyn's Nest said...

That's great. I hope it really gets rolling for you.

Maria said...

Nice! So hard to change how we think about stuff like that. Glad you were able to give it a try and get good results!

Caron said...

That is interesting. Keep us posted as to how it works in the long run. :)

20 to go! said...

I have felt exactly the same way - that I'm not actually eating enough to fuel the exercise I am doing! I am sure it is fear more than anything that stops me from eating more.