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Good, it's great to have identified what happend and to come up with plans to counter it. I definitely notice the "I want MOAR" effect after eating sweets and refined carbs, too. I should probably come up with a back-up plan to deal with that beast when it rears its head, too. Weirdly, I've noticed that eating a green pepper kind of kills my sugar cravings. I have no idea why.

 

Planning your food is also a good idea. I may have to start doing that again, to keep myself on the right track. I notice that you eat a LOT of cheese, which is really high-calorie. I know how much you like it (I do, too!) but it's easy to eat to full with cheese, and then have eaten more calories than you really should have. Maybe just deciding how much cheese to eat before hand and only getting that amount out of the fridge would be helpful? Nuts are another thing it's too easy to overeat on, so I'd suggest doing the same with those. Fill up on fruits and veggies and lean meat instead!

Yes, I'm trying to make a rule for myself that cheese and nuts can only be incorporated in recipes, not eaten on their own.  At least not until I get to a point where I can snack on them and only eat 1 ounce.

 

That's quite the deficit!

I have found that achieving a deficit is very easy after a day of thoroughly overstuffing myself.  Not a good habit to get into, obviously, but my stomach was ready for a bit of a break.

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Day 16:

 

Subquest #1: Food

Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie cheese, onion and green beans sauteed in bacon grease): 464 calories

Lunch - Split pea w/ham soup; large mango: 436 calories

Dinner: Coconut flour pan fried tilapia, 1/2 green plantain sliced thin and fried in coconut oil, large serving of radish, cucumber, sour cream, and dill salad: 621 calories

Snack: Coffee w/packet of no sugar added hot cocoa; Smoothie (blueberries, banana, protein powder, collagen powder, milk): 477 calories

 

Total - 1998 calories

Fitbit calories burned - 2651 calories

Deficit: - 653 calories

 

Macros: 225g carbs, 74g fat, 129g protein

 

Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow

No walk today..

 

Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop

Biked to and from work - 14.2 miles each way = 28.4 miles for the day.  Ride in: 1 hr 35 min; ride home: 1 hr 20 min.

 

The ride in was miserable.  I had worked from home the day before, so I had to carry my laptop (think heavy and clunky HP, not sleek and light Mac) and food (usually I try to bring in food the day before) in addition to the usual clothes and shoes and such in my backpack.  My shoulders were killing me from about the 5 mile mark until I got to work.  I honestly always find the ride in to be a struggle.  Maybe I need a snack before I leave (usually don't have breakfast until I get to work and showered).  I'm usually not hungry at 5:30AM.  It could also be that I'm still half asleep and it takes a while until my muscles warm up (not helped by the fact that it's still chilly in the morning).  Any tips on early morning exercise??? 

 

The ride home started out good.  I was feeling much more energetic than the ride in - probably a combination of it being warmer out, having two meals in me by that time, and that cup of coffee w/a packet of hot cocoa mixed in (albeit no sugar added).  However, about halfway home my energy levels totally crashed.  I suddenly felt super hungry, weak, and shaky.  Two possible causes: caffeine crash from the coffee I had an hour and a half before setting out, or my lunch being mostly carbs (split pea soup and a large mango).  Or maybe both; mangoes have a ton of sugar, but they're so delicious :/.  In the future on bike commute days I need to pack a lunch that has a good mix of all three macronutrients, and maybe pack a light snack to eat an hour before I leave instead of turning to caffeine for energy.  Anyways, I managed to keep pedaling away by breathing deeply and drinking water and trying not to think about how weak I felt.  Made it home safe and sound.

 

On a more positive note, I managed to keep my food in check today, which I was not able to do last time I biked to work, as you may recall.  I had a delicious dinner, but even after I finished I still had strong urges to eat, so I drank some water, popped a piece of gum in my mouth, and reminded myself that I still had my smoothie planned for my evening snack later on.  It was a struggle, but I managed to stick to my planned food and was able to come in at a deficit this time.

 

Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking

Went to bed at 10:00, got up at 5:30 -> 7h 30m

 

Subquest #4: Play Tennis

No tennis today.

 

Life Quest #1: FSA module

No progress today.  

 

Life Quest #2: Study Japanese

No Japanese practice today.

 

Studying is going poorly and I don't see it getting any better the rest of the week.  My parents and younger sister are coming to visit this weekend, so I need to dedicate any spare time in the evenings to making our apartment look less-embarassingly messy.  At the very least, I need to clean the bathroom and the kitchen, which are both in pretty bad shape right now.  I have tennis planned for the following two evenings, but I should still have 30m - 1 hr each night to get some cleaning done. 

 

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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Great job with your eating!  That's an excellent deficit, in my opinion.

 

Is the Fitbit pretty accurate with its "calories burned", in your estimation?  I like the idea of having daily numbers to use.

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He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

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Is the Fitbit pretty accurate with its "calories burned", in your estimation?  I like the idea of having daily numbers to use.

Interesting question - I'm actually curious of that myself, and that's why I'm tracking it + food calories + my weight to see if the math comes out.  I definitely like having my calories burned number vary based on my activity each day. 

 

However, I'm a little suspect that it gives me too many calories on really high step count days.  The highest # of steps in a day was 22,892 (9.99 miles).  It said I burned 3,063 calories that day.  On a day with 0 steps FitBit says I burn 1600 some-odd calories.  Yes, it was a lot of walking, but enough to double my calories burned for the day?  I'm skeptical. 

 

That day I went for a 30 min walk over my lunch break and a 2 hour 15 min walk in the evening -> 2 hr 45 min total walking.  In comparison, yesterday I biked for a total of 2 hr 55 min, and it said my calories burned were 2651 calories (obviously the FitBit doesn't know when I'm biking, so I have to log it in my account on their tracking website).  Intuitively, I feel like the amounts for those two days should be about the same because they had similar amounts of time of moderate intensity activity. 

 

Long story short, ask me again in a couple of months when I have more data and I can give you a more definite answer ;)

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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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I know what you mean about mangos.... I bought a case of them for a good price last week, and have been consuming them every day since. Sooo gooood... I'm telling myself the fiber and nutrients make them a good eat, despite their moderately high levels of sugar. (I checked the glycemic index for them, though... they're around 50, which isn't too bad.)

 

Wish I had some advice on early morning exercise, but I try to avoid that. :P I do notice a difference if I drink a few glasses of water and eat something - anything, really - before walking to work, though. So maybe try eating a snack before you bike and see if that helps.

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So, I've never gotten in the habit of taking measurements.  The last time was at the beginning of my first challenge, and I didn't take any notes as to where I was measuring, so it's hard to say if I've made any progress.  I want to get in the habit of taking measurements once a week.  That way, they can become more trustworthy (more practice on doing them the same way every time).


 


The biggest reason I finally decided to do this was becaue of my weight loss stall.  My weight has been the same, actually slightly up even, since the beginning of April.  I honestly can't believe how fast the month flew by.  Anyways, I want to have some other measures to see if I'm improving when these stalls happen. 


 


Measurements from 2/23/15: 


Bust: 39" (99 cm)


Waist: 38" (96.5 cm)


Hips: 44" (112 cm)


Upper arms: 13" (33 cm)


 

4/30/15:

Neck: 15 3/4"

Bust: 28 1/2"

Waist (at belly button): 38 3/4"

Waist (just above hip bone): 36 1/2" - I think this is where I did the measurement the first time.  But as you can see, waist is tricky because it varies so much for me (and most women, I'm guessing) depending on where on the waist I measure.

Waist (at narrowest point): 33"

Forearm (widest part w/arm straight): 11"

Hips (widest part): 43 1/2"

Thigh (left; widest part below butt): 25"

Thigh (right; widest part below butt): 25 1/4"

Calf (widest part w/leg straight): 16" (both sides)

Upper arm (near armpit): 13 1/2"

Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Day 17:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie cheese, onion and green beans sauteed in bacon grease); coffee w/milk: 539 calories


Lunch - Split pea w/ham soup; large mango: 436 calories


Dinner: Coconut flour pan fried tilapia, 1/2 green plantain sliced thin and fried in coconut oil, large serving of radish, cucumber, sour cream, and dill salad: 599 calories


Snack: Smoothie (cherries, banana, protein powder, collagen powder, coconut water): 363 calories


 


Total - 1937 calories


Fitbit calories burned - 2500 calories - Approximate because I forgot to wear my FitBit today.  For shame.  Days when I play tennis and don't do much else are usually around 2500 according to FitBit


Deficit: - 563 calories *gasp* 3 days in a row of a solid deficit...this is usually where things fall apart.  Must be strong tomorrow.


 


Macros: 216g carbs, 73g fat, 127g protein


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


No walk today..


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


No biking today


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


Went to bed at 10:00, got up at 5:30 -> 7h 30m


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


Singles match for a spring flex league I signed up for.  I won 6-3, 6-4, but I honestly feel like I should've lost.  I played like garbage.  I may be exaggerating, but it felt like 50% of my shots were hit off the frame instead of the strings ("framers").  Also, she was able to hit these low, hard, angled balls to my backhand side that I never seemed to be able to get back.  My backhand side is supposed to be my stronger side, so that was frustrating.  I need to be patient with myself - I haven't played much singles all winter, and going from playing indoors to playing outdoors is an adjustment as well.


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


No progress today.  


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


No Japanese practice today.


 


I managed to unload and load the dishwasher, as well as clean the bathroom sink/countertop/mirror after dinner last night, despite feeling like crawling in bed and wasting time on the internet.  I know I'm neglecting my studying lately, but I really need to put some willpower into cleaning our apartment. 




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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Day 18:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie cheese, onion and green beans sauteed in bacon grease): 464 calories


Lunch - Split pea w/ham soup; large mango: 436 calories


Dinner: Coconut flour pan fried tilapia, 1/2 green plantain sliced thin and fried in coconut oil, large serving of radish, cucumber, sour cream, and dill salad: 599 calories


Snack: Smoothie (blueberries, banana, protein powder, collagen powder, coconut water): 357 calories


 


Total - 1856 calories


Fitbit calories burned - 2236 calories - Today I felt really low energy, especially at the tennis class, and it showed up in my FitBit steps.  I think it's the first time I've played tennis and not gone over 10,000 steps.  The tennis class was mostly doubles, so not a lot of reason to move around much.


Deficit: - 380 calories - I can definitely feel the accumulation of the weeks deficits in my energy levels.  But it's good because my family is coming to visit this weekend, so there will likely be numerous restaurant meals coming up.


 


Macros: 207g carbs, 69g fat, 123g protein


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


No walk today..


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


No biking today


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


Went to bed at 10:30, got up at 5:30 -> 7h 0m


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


A very meh tennis class - we played doubles most of the time.  The class wasn't meh, rather my energy levels were meh.  On the bright side, the coach lent me one of her racquets to try out for the week.  After hitting for 20 minutes or so with it, forehands feel better than with my racquet, but backhands don't feel as beautiful.  I'm playing singles tomorrow night after work, so I'm going to try to play with it for the first set.


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


No progress today.  


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


No Japanese practice today.


Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Despite being at a calorie deficit everyday, everyday the scale has read a slightly higher number than the day before.  In case the jury was still out, the scale is indeed the devil incarnate :sorrow:

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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Despite being at a calorie deficit everyday, everyday the scale has read a slightly higher number than the day before.  In case the jury was still out, the scale is indeed the devil incarnate :sorrow:

 

It's only been a few days.  I usually don't notice a difference in results until I've been consistent with a dietary change for over a week--usually around day 12 is when I can start evaluating my changes. :)

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Well, I've been at the same weight since the beginning of April and my average deficit is around -250 (granted, the std dev must be super high, because in that time I've had a daily surplus as big as 1,115 and a daily deficit as big as 1,422)....so it's a combination of plateau + inconsistency in maintaining a deficit.

Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Day 19:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie cheese, onion and green beans sauteed in bacon grease); later coffee w/protein powder and collagen powder: 627 calories


Lunch - Ground beef w/fajita seasoning, sauteed peppers, onion, and mushrooms; large mango: 673 calories


Dinner: Coconut flour pan fried tilapia, 1/2 green plantain sliced thin and fried in coconut oil, cucumber, sour cream, and dill salad: 521 calories


 


Total - 1821 calories


Fitbit calories burned - 2548 calories 


Deficit: - 727 calories - Interesting.  Today I felt much more energetic today playing tennis.  Also, I had planned a night snack but found I wasn't too hungry.  I'm trying to get more protein.  The 1g/lb sounds really high for me (180g), and it probably is since my bodyfat % is so high.  .8g/lb is around 144g, which sounds like a better goal (at least for now, since most days I'm between 120g and 130g).  Accomplished today :)


 


Macros: 120g carbs, 94g fat, 144g protein


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


No walk today..


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


No biking today


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


Went to bed at 11:00, got up at 8:00 -> 9h 0m


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


Really fun singles match.  I won the 1st set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-5), and lost the 2nd set 7-6 (7-4).  Being so evenly matched, we played 2 hours.  Since it wasn't for a league or anything, we just left it tied at a set a piece.  


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


No progress today.  


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


No Japanese practice today.


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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Day 20:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Breakfast - Ground beef w/fajita seasoning, sauteed peppers, onion, and mushrooms: 522 calories


Lunch - (at Rail Station Bar & Grill) 7 oz sirloin w/steamed broccoli & mashed potatoes (ate half of the mash): 574 calories


Dinner - Ground beef w/fajita seasoning, sauteed peppers, onion, and mushrooms; black beans: 659 calories


Snack: Large mango; pickle spears: 202 calories


 


Total - 1957 calories


Fitbit calories burned - 2846 calories 


Deficit: - 889 calories - Parents visiting this weekend.  Got lots of steps in grocery shopping in the morning, walking to the restaurant, doing a boxing class my boyfriend's teacher set up, and walking along the Mississippi.  Had a later dinner after my parents left for their hotel because no one else seemed to be hungry to go out and get dinner somewhere.  Was craving something desserty or bready after eating, but managed to drown them out by eating some pickles.


 


Macros: 153g carbs, 100g fat, 145g protein


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


0.9 miles walking to restaurant for lunch + 2.8 miles walking along the Mississippi River = 3.7 miles for the day.


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


No biking today


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


Went to bed at 11:00, got up at 8:00 -> 9h 0m


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


No tennis today.


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


No progress today.  


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


No Japanese practice today.


Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Also, some good news.  My dad has lost 25 lbs in the past month!  Sounds like a lot, but he's 6' 4'' and was 335 lbs a little over a month ago, and weight comes off easier when you have that much to lose.  But still, an over 3 point drop in BMI in such a short amount of time is really amazing, and I'm so proud of him for finally having some success at moving towards a healthy weight (he's been trying for as long as I can remember).

 

And although I myself haven't seen any movement in the scale over the past month, my boyfriend's mom has commented the past couple of times we've spoke over Skype "te has adelgazado!" and "estas flaca!" so that's encouraging.

 

My boyfriend is off watching the big fight somewhere, so I'm proud of myself so far for not using the fact that I'm alone in the apartment as an excuse to binge.  It's not all that often that I'm here when he's not, so it's always a struggle when I'm here alone.  Going to bed after posting this, so hopefully clear for the day :)

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Day 21:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie, green beans, onion): 465 calories


Lunch - (at Festival of Nations) kimchi, bibimbap; bread pudding; mango: 975 calories


Dinner - greek yogurt, honey, brazil nuts: 907 calories


Snack: chips w/guacamole, cashews: 618 calories


 


Total - 2965 calories


Fitbit calories burned - 2586 calories 


Surplus +397 calories - I was aiming for maintenance calories today since I was feeling a little run down from the 6-day string of considerable deficits.  Went a little overboard, but hopefully it will give me a boost tomorrow morning riding my bike to work.


 


Macros: 203g carbs, 194g fat, 114g protein


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


1.5 miles walking to the bus stop (could have gotten on at a closer one, but since I knew the bus wasn't coming for 20 mins I just kept walking); 2.0 miles walking from the bus stop back to my apartment (got off at highland park because it was a beautiful day and I wanted to get more walking in) - 3.5 miles for the day.


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


No biking today


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


Went to bed at 11:00, got up at 5:30 -> 6h 30m


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


No tennis today.


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


No progress today.  


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


No Japanese practice today


Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Week 3 Summary:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Total Deficit for the week: 3766 - Well above my required 1750 for the week, and puts me at a running deficit of 7695 for the challenge  A


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


10.2 miles total on designated walks for this week.  Combined with prior weeks, I'm at 42.6 miles, over halfway to my goal of 73 miles (Crickhollow) for the end of the challenge. A


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


28.4 miles total on bike rides.  Total 63.6 so far for the challenge.  Weathertop (241 miles) is looking like a long shot at this point. D


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


7/7 nights A


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


4 times this week; 9 total for the challenge/goal of 18 by the end of the challenge A


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


Ugh, this has not happened at all F


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


0/7 days - Really fell off the wagon on this one.  All I need to do for most days is charge my ipod and plug it into the car while I'm driving. F


Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Day 22:


 


Subquest #1: Food


Bike ride in was SO much better thanks to the extra food yesterday.  Made it in 1h 15 min, which is 15 min faster than my prior two rides in to the office.  Packed a second, carbier lunch to help with the ride home, which was also good but against the wind so 1hr 20 min.  Then the trouble started.  Dinner, snacking, then wine tasting event hosted by our apartment complex, then more snacking.  Did you know that biking long-ish distances makes you capable of consuming abhorrent amounts of food?


 


Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie, green beans, onion): 483 calories


Lunch1 - Spinach salad with sardines, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and arizona heat mustard: 322 calories


Lunch2 - tortilla, ground beef, sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms: 450 calories


Dinner - shrimp, tuna, plantain casserole: 466 calories


Snack1: Smoothie (blueberries, banana, protein powder, collagen powder, milk); cashews: 727 calories 


Snack2: Wine, cheese, chips w/guacamole: 795 calories


 


Total - 3243 calories


Fitbit calories burned - TBD - need to synch my FitBit and log the biking when I get home


Surplus TBD


 


Macros: 233g carbs, 163g fat, 197g protein


 


Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow


No walking today.


 


Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop


28.4 miles


 


Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking


Went to bed at 10:00, got up at 5:30 -> 7h 30m


 


Subquest #4: Play Tennis


No tennis today.


 


Life Quest #1: FSA module


No progress today.  


 


Life Quest #2: Study Japanese


No Japanese practice today


Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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So yeah...kind of fallen off the horse.  3 days in a row of 3k+ calories.  Most of them from cashews.  Btw, eating 1.5 lbs of cashews in 3 days gives you some severe stomach pain, so don't do it, m'kay?

 

Day 23

Food - a lot, but managed to make myself log it in MFP this morning.  surplus: very large

Walking - Went for a short walk over lunch break with a colleague, then a longer walk in the evening at home - 1 + 3.6 = 4.6 miles

Nothing for everything else.

Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Also, can't believe I forgot to mention this --- Monday, while biking to work, I'm pretty sure a coyote ran across the bike path a few meters in front of me!  It looked like a medium sized wolf-like dog, and it ran across the path like a wild animal, like a rabbit or a deer, would.  Not sure what else it could be besides a coyote.  Gah, so amazing!  Early morning solitary bike rides ftw!  According to the MN DNR website there are coyotes in the twin cities, and their population is growing: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_wildlife/coyotes/index.html

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Despite being at a calorie deficit everyday, everyday the scale has read a slightly higher number than the day before.  In case the jury was still out, the scale is indeed the devil incarnate :sorrow:

 

This is so true.   

 

If you are having trouble seeing a loss with the mathematical deficit it could be that the calories fitbit is calculating for you isn't accurate or something else that is mismatched from the 'real world'.  If you have been tracking your calories in for an extended time and your weight loss, you could backtrack and calculate your TDEE based on reality.  Then you can adjust calorie deficit per day based on that.  You could experiment with that during the off weeks maybe once you have all the numbers from the 6wc....   Just a thought.  

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Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

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Yeah, I think a) I need to give it more time and B) I forgot last week that it was the week before my period, so that messes the scale up too.  Just need to be patient, finally get to a consistent deficit I can stick with long-term, and keep collecting data.  If a month goes by and I'm still at the same week, then I'll know I've found my maintenance calories.  Patience is very difficult sometimes.

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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Day 24:

 

Subquest #1: Food

Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, brie, green beans, onion): 463 calories

Lunch - Spinach salad with sardines, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and arizona heat mustard; was still feeling like eating something so followed it up with some romaine w/ranch and a couple pickles: 564 calories

Dinner - Cazuela (tuna, plantain, shrimp): 336 calories

Snack: Smoothie (cherries, banana, protein powder, collagen powder, milk): 413 calories

 

Total - 1776 calories

Fitbit calories burned - Forgot to put my FitBIt on after showering this morning >: (  But a similar day was 2600

Deficit: -824

Macros: 128g carbs, 82g fat, 136g protein

 

Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow

No walking today.

 

Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop

6.8 miles - biked to the tennis drill & back

 

Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking

Went to bed at 10:30, got up at 5:30 -> 7h 0m

 

Subquest #4: Play Tennis

1 1/2 hour drill that was a lot of fun (except for the moment I tried to pretend I was an extrovert and wave at someone, because they didn't wave back so I'll just go over to this corner, curl up, and die of embarassment); lots of really good players.

 

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Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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So, inspired by all the maths going down over on DrFeelgood's thread, I got to playing around with my spreadsheets again. 

 

Based on my observed weight change and known (assuming reasonably accurate) food intake, my average TDEE is 2500 on the dot.  If I take an average of my FitBit numbers, I get 2450, so it looks like so far the FitBit is pretty darn accurate.  Now, if only I could keep myself to 2000 food calories a day I'd be golden...wishful thinking, I know.  But seeing how low many people on here keep their calories, it's really pathetic I can't seem to do it.

 

I also looked up some BMR/RMR formulas.  Here are my current values:

 

Revised Harris-Benedict: 1634

Mifflin St. Joer: 1607

Katch-McArdle: 1482

Cunningham: 1633

 

Average: 1589

 

Taking my average TDEE minus my BMR based on the average of these formulas, I apparently burn around 900 calories a day on daily activity and exercise.  2600/1589 = 1.64, which is between the moderately active (1.55) and very active (1.725) multipliers usually used to get TDEE from BMR.  It doesn't seem quite right considering I have a desk job.  Not complaining obviously, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


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