After staying a bit flat last week, I have some downward momentum again. Oddly enough, I splurged the other day (for the first time in 6 weeks) and actually consumed more calories than allowed to maintain my current weight. In a moment of weakness, I decided to eat some White Castle cheeseburgers and other snacks. The next day I definitely had the stomach ache to pay for my mistake.
The rest of the week has been good for me. I need to crank up the exercise a bit more later this week, but things are going well.
Progress is much slower than it used to be, but I’m ok with that. I’m looking at a few techniques that might help to jumpstart me losing again though. Here they are in no particular order:
- Zig zagging- When you modify your food intake your body will respond by adjusting metabolism. Same thing for exercise. There are certainly benefits, but they’re less pronounced over time. To counter this, one can reduce food intake and then raise it peridically (every 3-5 days) to trick your metabolism into not burning fewer calories.
- Change in exercise- Focus on interval style training and a more pronounced elevation of heart rate into my weight loss zone. Right now I’m only exercising 3 times per week. By going to 5 times per week and getting into a more consistent “zone” I can increase my benefits.
- Improve nutrition- While I’m reducing calories and eating better, I’m still having a few treats from time to time such as pizza, a cheeseburger, or some other less than perfect food. By improving my nutrition and eating smaller meals more often I can also adjust my metabolic response.
Still, this is good progress for approximately 35 days on this program.
I’m 33 years old today. Almost 1/3 of a century. Holla.
One year ago today, Brian Button announced the St. Louis Code Camp. I helped Brian to put that on last year and enjoyed participating.
Three days ago, Brian announced the 2nd annual Code Camp. I’m looking forward to participating this year and perhaps giving a talk. If nothing else, I’ll be sitting in many more sessions than I did last year.