On the Diet
N0 change in my weight! Well, we’re only one three weeks away from the end of the Slimmer This Summer Challenge, so I’d better get on the stick…or…get on the bike. I need to lose five pounds in the next three weeks if I want to keep up with my one pound a week goal. At this point, I’m 2 pounds behind.
I’m doing fine with this amount of food. I’m never very hungry. It’s easy to have plenty of variety and good-sized portions with a 1400 calorie a day diet. And I still love the weekly goal, versus the daily goal. It is all that’s kept me on the program. I go over so many days that it would knock me out if I didn’t have the option of making it up the next day.
My concern is that 10,000 calories a week may be too much for me to lose on. I understand the part about cutting 3500 calories a week to lose one pound. I’m not sure I was eating 13,500 calories before I started the challenge. I really have never been a huge eater. I think I have a very slow metabolism. So…if I have a slow metabolism, how can someone say that if I cut 3500 calories a week I’ll lose a pound a week. Doesn’t it depend on how my body metabolizes the calories I do eat?
I hate to have to cut my calories more. I’ve lost weight before doing a thousand calories a day, but I couldn’t sustain it. As soon as I went back to eating normally, I gained back the forty pounds I lost and another twenty pounds besides.
So I’m going to stick with the 10,000 a week at least for the next three weeks and see what happens. Even if I end up losing a half a pound a week, at the end of forty weeks, that’s better than gaining or staying even and it’s sustainable. I can live the rest of my life on 10,000 calories a week, if I have to. But I can’t live on 7,000 calories a week, I don’t think. I never feel like I’m getting enough at 1,000 a day.
I cut back on carbs this week, considerably, and I’m feeling much less bloated. The scale doesn’t reflect that, but I think it will this coming week.
I still have not tried the water drinking. I just hate to drink a lot. I have two cups of tea in the morning and one cup of water in the evening.
On the Exercise
I really wimped out this week. When I’m losing I feel strong and motivated. When I’m not losing, I feel tired. So I didn’t enjoy my times on the bike when I got on it, and I didn’t make myself get on it every day.
My back is out today…I’m staying home from church because, while I can move now, it’s on the verge of going out completely and putting me on the floor for the next ten days (at least that’s where I’ve ended up the three times it’s gone out on me before). I’m babying it, in the hopes that I can avoid that. I don’t know what that means for exercise this coming week. I’ll have to take it day by day.
Sleep is still a problem. I’ve been averaging four or five hours a night for the last three weeks. I cut the coffee out of my diet when I started this diet and took up tea—two cups a day. Maybe I need to cut those, but I’m not going to do that this week, because I’m so tired all day from not sleeping at night and I need the caffeine in the morning to kick start me.
On the Writing
I blogged three times and I got a chapter done. I’m happy with this. I spent a lot of time tweaking my blogs. I set up a blog for my novel. Bought a picture of a girl who looks like my heroine and painted her eyes green and washed the color out a little. She has a plaintive look on his face…oh, shoot, I can’t resist. Here she is:
That’s what she looked like when I downloaded her. Then I painted her eyes green.
And finally I played with the color because I needed her hair and eyes to be lighter—she’s a native girl with light coloring. The other villagers think she’s cursed but the Overlord men find her color arresting.
Isn’t she a beautiful girl?
I put two chapters of my novel on the blog and I put on a lot of pictures of foggy woods, that look like her home, and I have a picture of her boyfriend and her sister on there, too. It wasn’t writing but it was writing related and it was a whole lot of fun.
But all that is for a book that is already written, with the agent, and being sent to publishers. This week I want to try to get a blog up for the book I’m presently working on. Because if I can picture the characters and the world, and if I have a summary pounded out, it makes it feel more like a real book.
And that’s all I have for this week.