Got a Couple People Asking Me Today…
One thought two pounds a week was too fast, but actually most docs and basic information say that is a safe pace. And it feels right to me so I’m going to try to maintain it.
So how am I doing it?
First, I know this intense focus on it will end in about ten weeks or so. That helps.
Second, I am not depriving myself of anything, really.
I have two focuses.
I try to walk 10,000 steps a day, which for me is almost exactly five miles. I allow a 9,000 step day if in the next day or so I get up to 11,000 or over. Basically I need to average 10,000 steps a day. I have not missed that in over three weeks. (A streak!) Starting on January 1st, that will add in some running and more steps until I get up to about 50 miles a week. The running will really speed up the weight loss and tighten things that need tightening.
I am also doing a little lifting and such, not with weights but with boxes of books out in our storage units. That will increase more after the first of the year as well.
In other words, being very active for a 71-year-old.
Second Focus, Calories…
I count every calorie every day, and limit myself to less than 1,500 calories and my Fitbit tells me I burn around 2,500 calories a day. I focus on protein and cut back some on salt. And I eat a lot of veggies and some eggs. I have not missed on this for three weeks either.
I don’t short myself on snacks either, I just watch the amount and calories. For example, tonight Kris and I made some sugar cookies with frosting. I had one, which was about 100 calories. Pure will power to not have more, let me tell you. They are good. We also get doughnuts regularly and today I had a part of one, again about 100 calories.
My meals today were a 290 calories protein bar for breakfast, tortilla soup for lunch, and taco salad for dinner. I figure that is 900 calories (with the amounts and sizes I ate) total, plus 100 for the bite of doughnut and 100 for the cookie. So as I write this at 1:30 in the morning I am at about 1,100 calories. I will go watch some television shortly and will have what are called Veggie Sticks (not really veggie) that are like chips. I will have two 100 calorie packs to finish off the day at 1,300 calories consumed and I got just over 2,400 calories in exercise.
That works out to about two pounds a week which is why I am down six pounds in three weeks. 10 more weeks and 20 pounds and I will hit my goal weight the week before the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Half Marathon.
And one month after that is the Revel Mt. Charleston Full Marathon.
I can’t run either one at the weight I am right now. So a goal, a reason besides feeling better and being healthier. And two streaks.
And that’s how I am doing it.