My original plan was to add a few hundred calories each day, to start. Going from 1,700 calories to 2,000 calories seemed reasonable. A trusted adviser (I'm incredibly blessed to have a few who have been along this road much longer than I) cautioned me to scale it back a touch and try it out for three weeks at 1,800. Increasing 100 calories at a time. That's what I'm doing.
Conducting these three week calorie level "experiments," if you will, might be fun. I have the time. I have the rest of my life to find my maintenance groove.
And honestly, I might lose more weight during these personal studies. And that's okay. If I gain weight, that's okay, too.
The things I shall not compromise: My abstinence from sugar. My commitment to daily tracking in MFP. My accountability live-tweet Twitter stream. My daily activity in regards to giving and receiving support. My commitment to working out on a regular basis. My commitment to daily posting on this blog. If I continuing holding all of those things in the highest regard--the top of my 'importance level,' the sacred level where things are non-negotiable, then I'm free to try new things with calorie levels, foods (that fall within my boundaries) and different exercise/fitness avenues.
You might not think 100 calories a day is a big enough increase. And honestly, I didn't either--and it might not be, we'll see.
Here's the deal: I do not argue with people who have over two decades of successful weight loss maintenance and recovery. I value their insights and experience and I'm completely blessed and fortunate when they share their wisdom with me.
Believe it or not, I do stop writing and speaking long enough to simply read, watch, listen and absorb the wisdom of others who have gone before me and who are still going remarkably strong.
I have a lot to learn. I've learned a bunch, yes. But still--the learning never stops along this road. And if I ever get smug and start believing there's nothing left to learn, that will be Day 1 of a tragic twist in trajectory.
Today was good and busy. I knew what I was getting into when I signed on for this play. It's half the time of a normal rehearsal schedule--so no complaints. I had rehearsal tonight after my support group conference call. The two events were right next to one another in my calendar. This required me to get creative.
I decided to get a dinner together and take it with me, dining in the parking lot of the theater, in my car and participating in the conference call from 6 to 7pm while sitting mere steps from the doors leading to rehearsal at 7pm. It worked out well! It took some planning, but I made it work tonight.
I did get a small (198) activity calorie adjustment from Fitbit today. I made today a rest day from intentional exercise.
My Tweets Today:
Monday morning dark roast w/sugar free hazelnut creamer (1tblspn per cup). Two cups. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/bgmqjjY9x6— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 29, 2015
3 Cheese Omelet w/4 egg whts, 1.5 slices provolone, 1 slice mozz, 1 slice muenster. 5.3oz orange, 5.5oz pear. 429 cal pic.twitter.com/cxLSObQfC6— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 29, 2015
Didn't intend on all egg whites. Meant to do 3 whites and 1 whole. I got a little carried away with the separating.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 29, 2015
Beef (3.6oz sirloin) & Bean (130g) tostadas w/salsa, muenster (2slices) & 30g lght sr crm. Cantaloupe (272g). 609 cal pic.twitter.com/iYa2ckA9gV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 29, 2015
Afternoon cup w/sf hazelnut creamer (1 tblspn). 30 cal. pic.twitter.com/apkp9apEGt— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 29, 2015
To go cup of sugar free chocolate/cinnamon flavored coffee. 1 tblspn creamer, dash of cinnamon. 51 cal. pic.twitter.com/FR8FQQkukS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 29, 2015
Dinner on the go!! 7.2oz baked cod, grilled asparagus & fresh cut & baked sweet potato fries (195g). 453 cal. pic.twitter.com/DNFUSWpuVd— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 30, 2015
4 cups water. #wateraccountability golden delicious apple (198g). 109 cal. pic.twitter.com/Uzf6DrWusx— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 30, 2015
Liter bottle refill. 4 cups. Might take me until bedtime to get it done, but when I do, it'll be 32oz past #watergoal pic.twitter.com/HdQHYjPUqW— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 30, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,