Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 37 - Eating what I burn?


I have been busting my butt in the gym. Big time. I am sore. But in a good way!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been putting in over an hour of cardio at least 5 out of 7 days. And it's not at a leisurely pace, either. I am pushing myself.

As I posted a few days ago, I can see a little bit of a difference in my before/after pictures. I have lost a few inches, but not enough to make my clothes a lot looser. I feel better... I really do.

But I want that damned scale to move.

Last week I started counting calories, and I lost about 4 lbs. Which is good.

But could it be better?

Right now, using the My Fitness Pal app, I am allowed 1900 calories per/day. According to their calculations, I am also burning about 1200 - 1300 calories per workout. I know this is not 100% accurate, but several months ago I wore my HRM so I could compare the two, and it wasn't far off. I figure my actual number is more around 1000. I currently don't eat any of my calories that I burn during my workout... I stick to the 1900. And during the past 7 days of counting I only went over once. The other days I actually had to eat an extra meal or snack to get to the 1900.

Should I be eating some of the calories I burn? Will that kick up my weight loss?

Or should I be content with the changes I am making TOWARD my diet and exercise and be happy with that? Will the scale eventually catch up?

Like I said before... I just don't want to make the WRONG move. I don't want to be working this hard and feel like I'm not making progress. I know that I'm only about a month into it this time, but I really want the next 30 days to be a reflection of how hard I plan on working.

And advice is appreciated!
I don't want to get frustrated and discouraged right out of the gate.