Been crunching numbers this morning. I quite like using Sparkpeople so I can look back on my calendar and see my overall numbers. I'm a total numbers person. Some interesting things I've discovered this month:
I haven't exercised at all on any Fridays this month, nor most Thursdays. This is ironic considering I don't work on Fridays and Thursday night is the only weeknight I don't have other committments. You would think these would be the easiest days to fit in exercise.
Sundays I burn the most calories (870 on average), however this makes sense because this is my long run days.
I'm kind of suprised to see I only exercised 17 out of 27 days so far this month. I thought for sure it was more frequent than that. However, when I do exercise I average 464 calories each time - though that number drops to 254 if you don't include my long Sunday runs.
I eat the most calories on Thursdays (1539) and Saturdays (1697). Consequently, I eat the least calories on Wednesdays (1302) and Fridays (1303). Hmmmm ..... see a pattern there???? The most calories I've eaten in a day is 2110 and the least is 835 - that was kind of an extreme, it's the only day I've gone under 1100 and I had 2021 the day before.
Here's the average numbers:
Calories Eaten: 1452
Calories Burned: 292 (this includes non exercise days)
BMR (1716) - Calories Eaten (1452) + Calories Burned (292 ) = 556 Daily Calorie Deficit
This should mean that since the beginning of October I should be down 4.3 lbs (556 * 27 days / 3500 calories to lose 1 lb). So ... what am I actually down??? .... anything from nothing to up 2 lbs depending on the day.
By playing with the numbers you'd think I'd be losing. An average daily calorie deficit of 556 seems to be within normal I thought, though perhaps that leaves me a bit too low. The other thing is that if I calculate the daily average calorie deficit just on days I exercise ... it averages 756. OK that's an eye opener, didn't realize it was quite that much.
What am I doing with this information???? Well, I've made some pretty charts that I have no idea how to put on my blog (hahahaaa). NOTE: If anyone can explain to me how to insert a chart I would love them forever..... But, seriously, in looking at this I think I may have to up my calories a little bit for one thing. I know MANY of you have been telling me this for a while, but I'm a tad stubborn (and maybe scared...). Recently I increased the amount of protein in my diet, but in doing so I made a cutback in carbs & fats because I wasn't comfortable increasing my calorie limit.
I'm not even sure how I go about increasing my calories because, quite simply, I am not hungry - at all! Very rarely do I actually feel hunger, and even when I do, if I get distracted for a while it pretty much goes away. On days that I exercise hard I could probably go without eating. It completely cuts my appetite.
The other thing I think I should do is to exercise more ..... or should I say more often. I think on those days that I'm typically not exercising at all I should at least do a light walk. It doesn't have to be hard core.
Any thoughts??? Maybe I'm getting to the point where I need a dietician in my life, though I've done a teensy bit of looking around and have no idea how I find one in my area. Even though I've gotten fairly trim, I know I still have some to lose. My belly is soft & squishy and with everything else thinning out sometimes it even looks like an early preggo belly.