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.


  1. Personally, I tend to eat some but not all of my exercise calories. If I burn 250 on a run, I'll eat 100 extra calories that day, if I burn 1000 on a hike, I'll eat between 400 - 500 extra. I try to stay in the negative, but not put my body into stress mode where it goes all protective.

  2. Hello! New reader here! I had a very similar conversation with my trainer and he told me it was important to not have "too" many calories left over at the end of the day. He just explained that your body needs the calories and that if you don't eat them, you're body won't lose weight. What I usually do is eat healthy "high" calorie snacks prior to my workout - i.e. peanut butter, nuts, avocados - so then I have less calories left over! PLUS I eat the majority of my calories during the day (morning and lunch) and by the evening I'm left with about ~700 calories (after a decent workout) and I eat about 300-400 of them.

    I guess the funny thing with weight loss is that everyone is different... Try eating the majority of your calories for a week and see if it helps.

    Anyway, I really appreciate your blog and your journey! It's helpful to find someone else who understands the "journey" (so to speak) as well!

    Take care,

  3. I've been reading your blog for forever, but have never commented. :) The only thing that ever helped me break through a plateau like that was to add 3 days of strength training to my workout. If I stick to plain cardio I won't gain anything, but I also won't lose anything either. The strength training really changed my metabolism a lot!

  4. MFP builds in how many calories you need to reach a weekly goal - thats your 1900. My goal on MFP is 2 lbs a week - that puts me at 1200cal/day. Anything you burn extra is negative. I found if I workout and dont consume more than I plataue so I try to eat half back and it works for me.

  5. It takes a ten or eleven mile run to burn 1000 calories. I think that's where your problem lies. You are over estimating. Bottom line? Calories in, calories out.

  6. Holly, I love your blog! I kinda lurk around but wanted to respond to this.
    I am also on MFP, my cals intake is set at 2,000 (I’ve lost 44 pounds since January 2012). I do cardio 3x per week and strength training 2x per week.
    My TDEE is 1504 I believe so I make sure I always eat above that no matter what. On the days where I work out I eat close to 2,000-2500(depending on the workout) and the other days I eat 1,500- 1,900 (non workout days). So for i.e. strength training gives me back 228 calories so my intake for the day is now 2,228 cals. If I ate just 1504 my net is only 724 for the day which is bad for me so I go higher. It’s confusing but it works. There is a group in the forum “Eat more to weigh less” here are some links. and
    Best of luck to you.


  7. Hollie, I love ur blog so much!!! It's so nice to read about people that r not only going through the journey but going through it right now!!!! And in about the same spot I do!!!! Thank u again for sharing!!


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