Friday, February 18, 2011

Week 1 Check-In (Racing Weight Experiment)

Week one of the Racing Weight experiment completed. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this little gadget. It’s been interesting to see how the little decisions I make throughout the day really add up.

Here's my typical weekday activity profile (w/ AM workout). Can you tell I have a desk job?


I did my first weigh-in today after 7 days of wearing the BodyMedia Fit, and came in at 108.4. Obviously there was water weight involved. And let’s face it, just a good trip to the bathroom can result in you a 1-2 pound fluctuation. In theory, about a pound of this 3.6 lb change is true weight loss since I averaged about a 500 calorie deficit everyday.


This week I’ll continue in the same calorie range, tinkering with my nutrient balance and timing with my workouts. Depending on how I feel, I may add more calories back in. A 500 calorie a day deficit may be a little too aggressive for someone my size. I’m wouldn’t be doing myself any favors if I start losing muscle too. Light and lean is what we’re going for here. Withering away is not my goal.

Week 1 totals (click to enlarge)


Nutritional breakdown from my online profile (click to enlarge)


Exported into Excel for another view (click to enlarge)


Getting more sleep will be another goal. I only averaged about 6 hours of sleep a night. I’m a gal who needs her 8 hours.

Now moving on to the workouts....Still low on the mileage, but things were better this week:

Thursday: 6 miles outside (@ 8:00/mi)

Friday: Off

Saturday: 6 miles outside (@ 8:00/mi)

Sunday: 45 mins treadmill (4 mins @ 7.0, 1 @ 8.0, repeat 9x), 20 mins ellipitical

Monday AM: Yoga X
Monday PM: 30 mins treadmill @ 7.2, 15 mins elliptical in PM

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: 45 mins treadmill (4 mins @ 7.0, 1 @ 8.0, repeat), 20 mins ellipitical

Thursday: Yoga X

I foresee more Yoga X in my future. It looks deceptively easy. Don’t be fooled. I feel like a wet noodle when I’m done.

Yeah, I should be doing the other DVD's in the P90X series, but baby steps here. Can yoga be considered part strength training too, or just flexibility? Are there any good yoga DVD’s you’d recommend?






9 comments:

  1. Okay, I have a question. Have you increased your calories burned, decreased calories consumed, or both? And, if you've decreased calories consumed do you find yourself hungry? If so, what are you doing to stay full and satisfied, and have plenty of energy for the workouts?

    Your gadget looks really cool. I'd love to try that out some day.

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  2. I decreased my calories consumed. Basically, I cut out all the after dinner grazing I shouldn't having been doing in the first place. I did feel hungry the first couple days, but it faded.

    My husband commented that I looked tired this week, but I think it had more to do with being short on sleep. If I continue to feel sluggish with more sleep, I know it's diet related and will increase my intake.

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  3. I should clarify on the sleep...the 6 hour average means I was getting about 4-5 hours during the week and playing catch-up on the weekends. Ideally it should be more balanced.

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  4. Wow! That is so cool! Being someone who loves data and numbers, I am totally jealous! I am intrigued, but I don't think the hubs would go for it for me. We will see, maybe a birthday present for myself. Keep up the good work! BTW, I count yoga as strength training, especially when I do Yoga X. I also do some of the yoga videos through Comcast's OnDemand (it's free) and I just find one that is challenging.

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  5. 500 deficit a day is a lot. I'm not a runner, but I'm counting calories for weight loss, ugh. You may need more fuel with all the training. That gadget is pretty neat.

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  6. This is so awesome! Keep us posted how you are doing.

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  7. The only yoga DVD that I've ever done, heck, the only yoga I've ever done is Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown.. I know a lot of people don't like JM, but I actually like this dvd. She drives me bonkers in 30 Day Shred, but she is much less annoying in this yoga DVD.

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  8. 500 deficit a day is a lot. I'm not a runner, but I'm counting calories for weight loss, ugh. You may need more fuel with all the training. That gadget is pretty neat.

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  9. Okay, I have a question. Have you increased your calories burned, decreased calories consumed, or both? And, if you've decreased calories consumed do you find yourself hungry? If so, what are you doing to stay full and satisfied, and have plenty of energy for the workouts?

    Your gadget looks really cool. I'd love to try that out some day.

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