needed updates and weekly reflections: 2/23 – 3/1

change in weight (2/23/21 – 3/1/21): –1.0 LBS

It dawned on my earlier this week that I had not updated any of the baseline assumptions in MyFitnessPal that I use to calculate my target caloric burn. Unlike Ronco’s (sp? remember him!?) rotisserie cooker, I cannot simply set it and forget it. No, this journey and these goals require maintenance and updating. So I did just that. I re-input my information into the app, made sure all the info was correct, and with the changes that have happened since I started this journey, my daily caloric intake target dropped! What!? Less food? As depressing as it was, it was also kind of exciting for me. It shows that changes are happening and it also helped explain some of the plateauing I have been experiencing over the past months. Now with a lower calorie target (about 150 fewer than before), I feel I have a bit more discipline to own up to and this week concluded with a pound lost. Win!

My weight loss with a reduced workout schedule also shows the benefits of my intake discipline. I rode the bike 3 times this week and got 3 walks in. If we looked at my weeks this past summer, we would see 5-7 walks, 5-6 rides, and a hike every week. I am dialing in my consistency with eating because with the baby boy at home, there just isn’t the time.

I posted the other day about my efforts to find the new normal with my fitness routine and having a toddler and one month old. I am so thankful I took the time to step back and reflect on that. It has helped me to prioritize my time and it has helped me to be content and proud of the things I do. Prior me would beat myself up for not working out more. So cheers to that. Do any other parents on here relate to the new normal and taking care of yourself?

My birthday is coming up next weekend. I am hoping to drop to or below 290 by next Monday’s weigh in. This morning I registered in at 291.2. I have my birthday goal for myself and wish me luck on hitting it for the big 33!

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Action Plan:

Every day goals:
1.Drink 10 cups of water
2.Track every bite
3.20 Body weight squats

Daily goals

WalkWalkWalkWalkNo WalkWalkWalk
Low impact RideUpper body Strength and stretchPower zonePower zoneStretchRideStretch and recovery
Meal PlanMeal PlanMeal PlanMeal PlanMeal PlanModest takeoutMeal Plan
Meal plan denotes sticking to pre planned meals we shopped for.

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DateChange in Weight
12/2*-5.4 lbs
12/9-5.4 lbs
12/16-3.4 lbs
12/23+2.8 lbs
12/29-1.2 lbs
1/6-1.4 lbs
1/13-1.6 lbs
1/20-1.4 lbs
1/27+0.4 lbs
2/3-1.2 lbs
2/10-4.6 lbs
2/17+0.4 lbs
2/24-1.6 lbs
3/2-3.2 lbs
3/9+1.8 lbs
3/16-3.2 lbs
3/23-0.6 lbs
3/30+0.4 lbs
4/6-1.6 lbs
4/13+0.8 lbs
4/20-1.8 lbs
4/270 lbs
5/4+2.4 lbs
5/11-5.2 lbs
5/180 lbs
5/25-1.0 lbs
6/1-1.2 lbs
6/8-0.4 lbs
6/15-0.8 lbs
6/22+0.8 lbs
6/29-1.4 lbs
7/6-2.4 lbs
7/13+2.4 lbs
7/20-1.6 lbs
7/27-0.4 lbs
8/3-1.2 lbs
8/10+0.4 lbs
8/17-1.4 lbs
8/24-1.4 lbs
8/31-0.2 lbs
9/7-0.6 lbs
9/14-1.4 lbs
9/21+0.2 lbs
9/28-1.8 lbs
10/5-0.2 lbs
10/12-1.0 lbs
10/19-1.0 lbs
10/26+0.8 lbs
11/2-1.4 lbs
11/9+2.0 lbs
11/16-1.8 lbs
11/23-0.4 lbs
11/30+0.2 lbs
12/7-0.2 lbs
12/14-1.2 lbs
12/21+1.8 lbs
12/28+0.8 lbs
1/4-1.2 lbs
1/11-0.4 lbs
1/180 lbs
1/25N/A – no weigh-in
2/1-0.6 lbs
2/8+1.6 lbs
2/15-1.2 lbs
2/22-0.4 lbs
3/1-1.0 lbs

* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning


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