So far so good. I’m using a fair amount of technology to keep track of my progress. I’m using LoseIt to track food and RunKeeper to track actual exercise as well as Accupedo for tracking basic steps taken throughout the day. Here’s what I’ve learned over the last few days:
- I eat a lot of carbs. Most days over 50% of my intake is carbs. I can’t decide if that’s bad or good. Most of my carbs are things like whole wheat bread and brown rice and beans. Aren’t we supposed to eat more grains?
- I’m pretty sedentary. Even with a 30-40 minute walk during the day, I barely break 5,000 steps per day. And I wish I could blame that on the fact that I don’t always carry my phone with me.
- The 4 p.m. time slot works pretty well, though it comes up fast on days when I don’t get started until 9/9:30. During the school year, when I start at 7:30, 4 p.m. definitely feels like the end of the day. Now, it feels like 2/3 of the way through. But I’m going to stick with it.
- My shorts still fit! I put on some of my non-elastic waistband shorts this morning and though one pair felt a little tight (always has really), they all fit comfortably. I’d love for them to be just a smidge looser. I’m talking a 1/2 inch or so off the waistline.
So that’s all pretty good feedback. I’m actually going to invest in a scale, so I can see the weight feedback. Next week when I’m on vacation, all bets are kind of off on the food front. I don’t have a huge amount of control over the food, especially for dinner. On the flip side, I’m more active, so it could work out just fine. I’m not going to be fanatic about it, but I’m still going to try to maintain better eating and exercising habits than I might otherwise. Another thing I’m doing is working on a minor knee injury, which is adding a little to my exercise plate. Not burning very many calories, but certainly beefing up some muscle.