Day 127: TDEE week 5 weigh-in + measurement day

Today was my week 5 weigh-in on the TDEE project (details here). Stats:

Week 5
Current weight: 245.4 lbs
Weight change this week: -0.6 lbs
Average daily kCal this week: 2402

Over 5 weeks @ 2400 kCal per day
Total weight change: -6 lbs
Average weekly weight change: -1.2 lbs
Average daily kCal: 2404

I’m consistently losing weight at 2400 kCal per day so that’s not my TDEE. The current project is about figuring out my TDEE, not specifically about losing weight. So, I’m going to try more calories. I’m going to spend the next 4 weeks at 2600 kCal per day. This is a little scary… it sounds like so much food. But I like food, so here goes.

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Day 119: 2 achievements

Another beautiful sunny day in northern California. It does not feel like January at all. This is apparently what it’s like in SoCal all the time. Suddenly moving to San Diego sounds really appealing…

Two achievements this week that came and went without any fanfare:

  1. I passed 100 blog posts. That’s a lot of words…
  2. I passed the halfway point to Rivendell (~52% of a 458-mile journey, to be exact) on my trek to Mordor! (Still a long way to go to Mordor… I’m ~13% of the way there.) I’ve been accumulating miles faster now that I have the fitbit which counts all the steps I take during the day, not just the steps I track with runkeeper while out for a walk or run.

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Day 111: Fitness updates

C25k week 8 day 2 this morning. Grey, cool, damp. Please please please let it rain… it’s rained 3 (maybe 4?) times since I moved here 6 months ago (the Central Valley farmers must be freaking out, it’s apparently been an extremely dry year). I’m from the Northwest and went to university in Scotland and as much as I love the California weather, a little rain is really familiar and comforting.

A little of this, please! Photo by Travis Novitsky (

A little of this, please! Photo by Travis Novitsky (

I didn’t feel like running this morning, but I got new running tights yesterday and obviously they needed a test run, so off I went. I figured I’d take it really easy; even at a slow (uh, even slower than usual) pace it’s still running for 28 minutes straight, getting my heart rate up and my blood pumping. So much for that idea… distance and pace PRs. When you’re a super slow running newbie, progress comes pretty fast. It’s good motivation to keep going as it becomes an enjoyable habit; I know progress slows eventually.

It’s been awhile since I did a fitness update. Current PRs (detailed progress notes here for walking/running and here for strength training):

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Day 100: hello to 2014!

How apt that the 100th day of my lifestyle overhaul should be New Year’s Eve–something about new beginnings and celebrating achievements and all that.

I’ve never really gone in for New Years resolutions–why limit yourself to changing your life only 1 day per year? And, for me (and many, many other people), they’ve never stuck.

But I do think setting achievable goals is good in any area of your life. So here are my goals for 2014. Some are already in progress. None of them require massive life changes — they’re all related to things that are already part of my life. I think I can manage that. 🙂

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Day 63: goal weights and achieveing the possible

Up to now, I haven’t set a goal weight. Choosing a goal weight can be detrimental to long-term success. It sets a benchmark that may not be achieveable and can inspire feelings of failure (e.g. “I lost 50 pounds but no matter what I do I can’t lose 55, therefore I have failed”). As anyone who’s ever battled with their weight or disordered eating knows, that feeling of failure too easily leads to unhealthy choices such as too many calories, too few calories, too little exercise, too little protein, etc., all of which lead to loss of lean body mass and/or fat gain. That feeling of failure becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I have been hesitant to choose a goal weight; instead, my goal is to be strong, healthy, and fit, at a weight where I feel comfortable lifting big and running fast (well, maybe just not-quite-as-slow-as-I-am-now). 

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Day 62: measurement day no. 2

Measurement Day No. 2 is here. I’ve been nervous because this month has been so hit and miss. So let’s have a look at the good/bad balance.

Bad: almost all of my measurements are up.
Bad: I gained 1.2 lbs this month.

Good: it’s a miracle it was only 1.2 lbs given how much my eating varied day to day this month.
Good: if the body fat monitor is to be believed, 1/2 a pound of that is MUSCLE!!! Strength training for the win! I think I can gain even more muscle next month if I am more consistent about getting enough protein.
Good: that means only ~.7 lbs of my weight gain was fat. <1 lb of fat gain is no big deal over the long term. And it means that even though I often felt like I ate way too much, my overall caloric intake was actually pretty good – a high carb, high fat, “eat big” month is actually eating at maintenance for my activity level. High five, self.

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Day 55: another victory!

Let’s get right to it: today on my c25k run (week 5, day 2: 8 mins running, 5 mins walking, x2), I passed someone who was jogging slower than I was. I’m not deluding myself or anything–I’m a very slow jogger and it’s usually people flying past me as I shuffle along. But a couple months ago I was huffing and puffing after only 90 seconds of running and barely moving faster than a walk, and today I did 8 minute jogs without too much trouble and maintained my (slow) running pace throughout. As I passed the even slower jogger, I felt like I was the one who was flying. I know my journey isn’t a competition. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel excited and proud to see objective progress. High five, self.

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