Today marks the end of week two on my Spark People journey. I am down two more pounds, for a total of 5.8 since I started on January 2. I've learned a couple things, and I have more learning to go. What I found out so far? Well for one thing, my job is very sedentary. I wore a pedometer every day but I deliberately didn't try to work in more walking. I wanted to see where I've been so I would know what a reasonable goal is. Spark People recommends I walk 10,000 steps a day, which is a bit over four miles for me. In my last job, I had 10,000 steps in before I went to lunch every day. My goal at that time was 25,000 steps. Now, on the days that I work, I get about 5,000, consistently. So I guess right now 10,000 is a good goal.
I also learned that I don't eat enough protein. Spark People gives me a graph that shows not only calories but also the basic nutrition info for my meals and snacks. I only hit the mark for protein twice this week. Last week I didn't hit any goals for protein. I'm not worried about the two days I went over on calories and fat; the first day I made an egg dish (trying to bump up that protein!) and learned the hard way that I need to adjust the recipe for lower fat ingredients. The 14th was Squeak's birthday party. And yes, I ate the cake and ice cream. I will always eat cake and ice cream with the kids on their birthdays. I came in low today so that should balance out.
The last thing I learned is, I need to make exercise a higher priority. I only did my workout once this week. On the one hand, I still lost weight. But I want to tone up, too, and build my endurance, and strengthen my heart. I'm giving myself a break because, one, I was in a blue mood which seems to be lifting a bit now and two, we were exceptionally busy. I'm not going to beat myself up.
|Calories:||1,200 - 1,550||1,180||1,189||1,256||1,823||1,328||1,561||923|
|Fat:||27 - 60||44||41||46||112||52||85||40|
|Carbohydrates:||135 - 252||114||158||136||123||139||137||93|
|Protein:||60 - 136||43||57||86||33||79||51||51|