Thursday, June 18, 2015

Labor Day Challenge: Week One

During my last stretch of weight loss six years ago, I joined a challenge thread on the Calorie King forums. I loved the accountability and support that came with being a part of the challenge. I was also the group's spreadsheet keeper, which I enjoyed because well, you know, I love spreadsheets. So since I'm ready to lose some weight again, it seemed only natural to me that I would return to logging my calories at Calorie King and start a 12 week challenge thread there.

Official Weigh-In Charts!
Date 6/15 6/22 6/29 7/06 7/13 7/20 7/27 8/3 8/10 8/17 8/24 8/31 9/07
Weight 172.4
BF% 34.1
Arm 13.5"
Bust 38"
Waist 36"
Hip 43.5"
Thigh 23.5"

Progress Pics
This time around I'm definitely taking progress pictures but there's no way in hell that you're going to catch me doing these in my underoos. Instead, I have selected the least flattering pieces of clothing that I currently own because at least then I'll be able to actually see progress. What are these unflattering pieces of clothing you ask? Maternity leggings and a maternity shirt. Unfortunately, I'm super lame and totally forgot to take them on Monday. And Tuesday. And Wednesday. And Today. Oh well. Definitely next Monday!

Diet
It's going to be difficult, I think, to find a calorie target that works well for me. I want to continue breastfeeding (more on that whole story later this week) so I have to eat more than I normally would to lose weight but not so much that I'm at a maintenance level. It's extremely possible that I'm going to have to fiddle around with my targets for the first half of this challenge. I'm starting out at 1700 calories based on the research I did, but will adjust it either way depending on the first two weeks.

Exercise
I'm starting small. No grand plans other than to go to Reformer twice and try for 10K steps/day. I learned my lesson the last time I did this; grand plans with no flexibility simply do not work for me.