This morning I spent some time looking at my history on my fitness tracker. My partner gave me an Apple watch for Christmas (he's a real spoiler in the best ways) and it tracks a bit differently than the FitBit I'd used for years.
I really like that I can look back at my workout history and see what happened across months. Right now I only have two months' worth of records, but they are interesting nonetheless:
In January, I tracked 23 workouts, at an average of 47 minutes each, for a total of 18 hours exercising. I burned an average of 349 calories during those workouts. According to the endocrinologist's records I also lost a total of 8 pounds in January. (My records are slightly different, as I weigh first thing in the morning and usually count pounds lost from the lowest number I see on any given morning - more on that in a minute.)
In February, I did a total of 18 workouts, averaging 43 minutes per session, for a total of 13 hours of exercise, burning an average of 337 calories per workout. I haven't been to the endocrinologist this month, but based on what I weighed in her office (187) and my weight this morning (186), I've lost a pound.
The lowest number I've seen on the scale is 183, but that was in January. I gained back up to 190 at one point this month. February hasn't been fantastic from a carb-point of view -- and as you can see above, not as good as January from an exercise point of view, either. Five hours is a pretty big difference! Of course, I haven't worked out today or tomorrow yet, so that will likely add another hour and a half to my total, and February is shorter by 2 days, so...it's not really as big a difference as it seems at first glance.
Interesting, the third week of the month looks to be my weakest -- but of course I only have two months' data. That could be a fluke.
Anyway. It's weird. Even with the medications and MUCH more exercise than I used to do, I still need to hit some pretty specific benchmarks in order to lose weight. I need to keep my carbs under 30 grams per day MOST days. I think the low carb thing is more important than I ever would have guessed. I'm still working on upping the fiber intake, and the result is good when I can make it happen. It's a lot of work, though, and missing any step equals a difficult week.
I'm finding that the most critical part of eating low carb for me is having something easy for lunch (I'm always in a hurry at lunch!) and some kind of low carb sweet for after dinner. That's always been a super vulnerable time for me. It doesn't take much -- a piece of very dark chocolate and later a piece of cheese will usually do the trick -- but if I don't have anything like that on hand, I end up eating a cookie or something that doubles my carbs for the day. This week I made some low carb peanut butter cups with Stevia that were pretty decent.
The good thing is that I'm really enjoying the exercise. I've found a routine of classes that are fun and challenging, and of course I love walking and running. So, although it's taking up a lot of time, I'm really enjoying it, even spin. Yesterday I hit 130 RPM for the first time ever. I love being able to see progress.
Oh, one other interesting thing about my stats for the last couple of months: It looks like I'm burning fewer calories during workouts over time. For example, in early January, in both BodyPump and TRX, my strength classes, I burned more than 500 calories per session. This month it's been 300-400. I think I may need to push a little harder to keep getting the most benefit.
I'm hoping for a very fit March. My birthday is in March and the 5K I always do (the Rump Run, to raise money for colon cancer research) is toward the end of the month. I haven't been able to train nearly as much as I wanted for it so far because it has rained for way more days than it hasn't rained around here -- we got 10 inches of rain in 9 days at one point.
I hope that you're making progress toward your goals and feeling good about your health and wellness.
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