Diet Dirt Week 3

Week 3 ended a few days ago, but I am only now getting to post about it. 

Here are my stats so far:

Days on diet: 23
Starting weight: 154.4 (as of Monday, 8/24)
Current Weight: 150.4 (9/15)
Goal weight: 140
Weight lost: 4
Weight left to lose: 10.4

I am no longer keeping track of the number of days that I exercised or ate at or under my recommended daily caloric intake.  Suffice it to say that I try to exercise for at least 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, and I always try to stay under my RDCI.  Usually, as long as I exercise, I'm there, since burning calories means that I can eat more as long as I still net around 1200 per day.

Exercising is finally starting to feel like a part of my routine again.  Early on I was having the hardest time finding the motivation.  But now that the fall TV shows are starting up, it helps to keep me on track.  I start at 8 with a good show, and usually try to do 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the exercise bike. And recently we'v been walking Murphy around 9:15 p.m. or so since there usually aren't many dogs out around that time.  It's been working well over (until last night, when there at least 5 other dogs out and he was horrible!!!)

Even with all of this exercise and eating, I know that my weight is plateauing because I've been stuck around 150 for a few days now.  On Sunday morning I was 149.8, but I slept late so I think I was just dehydrated.  My goal for the next couple of weeks is to burn at least 500 calories per workout. This means that I need to do a lot more running and a lot less walking, and when I'm on the bike I need to have it at a resistance of 5 or higher.

Tonight I start my Zumba class again, which is probably more than just "low impact aerobic" exercise, but I'm counting it as that for lack of a better option.  For 50 minutes (I always like to underestimate), it tells me I'll burn 268 calories.  If I do some additional running/walking/biking tonight, I'm sure I can reach my goal of burning 500 calories.

Here's my exercise ticker, which may not show how many days I exercised, but it does reflect how many minutes I've spent exercising since September 1st!

Now the battle to lose weight really begins...


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