25 January 2009

This is going to get ugly

Okay, I've decided to get really geeky with the numbers. I know I've said it before and then chickened out. Well, not this time. As boring as it will be for anyone who may read this, I have to post the numbers to make it public and keep me accountable. So you can skip these posts, I won't be offended :)

Okay, so I'm kind of using yesterday as a start point just because I need to start somewhere. I took weight, body fat, etc. I also took pictures but I'm not that brave yet. I figure I'll post them after I've lost some just for comparison. So the numbers, {{sigh}}
Weight: 181.5 (this is the highest I've been in 10 years)
BodyFat; 38% (Hello!!!!! I'm carrying 69 lbs of fat around. Please!!!)

So on Saturday or Sundays I will post the weakly numbers (that is not a spelling error). I've also started using the BodyBugg again. I have some goals and I'll share them now.

I'm aiming for going to burn at least 2500 cals a day. That wasn't too hard when I was working and on my feet all day. Now it will be a bit tougher. I'll definitely have to work at it.

I'm aiming for going to eat 1600-1800 calories a day. That is very reasonable for me. In that range I am satisfied but not stuffed.

Did you see what I did in those 2 statements. I built in a way out. I have got to stop doing that. I will do these things every single day. Okay, back to what I was saying.

When I eat 1600-1800 cals and burn 2500 cals that leaves me with a deficit of 700-900 cals a day. That will result in a 1-1.5 lb weight loss a week. That is extremely reasonable. I actually want to lose 10 lbs by the end of February. That's 5 weeks or 2 lbs per week. I can up my activity to 2700-2800 cals a day. That would result in a 1000 cal deficit which would result in about 2 lbs per week. It's not that hard to do, I just need not to sit here at the computer so much.

Okay, there you have it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, I forgot to include how I did yesterday. Well, it shook down like this:

Burned: 2200 cals
Eaten: 1800 cals
Deficit: 400 cals

Not bad but I've got nowhere to go but up. Or down. Whatever........


Paul Eilers said...

Like you said, you need to start somewhere.

By the way, you new blog template looks good. How is the header coming along?

_ said...

It's great that you caught yourself in giving yourself wiggle room in your statements and that you've set a concrete goal. I suggest also keeping track of your body fat %. Lots of scales now have that feature, though they're not terribly accurate. I just recently bought calipers to measure my BF%, though I can't vouch for its accuracy until I get my BF% tested by a professional. If neither of those alternatives works for you, at least try one of the on-line calculators. I believe it's much more important to focus on body composition rather than scale weight.

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