Folks, I have two more weeks of this awesome craziness and then I can officially say that Shaun T. and I are going on vacation, but not for too long. There could possibly be another round of Insanity in the near future. My initial goal when starting Insanity was to lose weight and a lot of it, but my body had other plans. I wanted to give up so many times because I wasn’t seeing the results that I wanted to see, but what I had to understand was that this is all new to my body and she needed a moment to freak out. Eventually I started to lose inches and not much weight, but I also have become stronger in so many ways. Yesterday I doubled up on workouts to catch up on a day that I missed and one thing that yesterday’s fiasco taught me was to never miss another workout. I’m not in pain, but I am feeling the sweet burn.
My major problem and what’s holding back progress is my food intake. Yesterday was about eating clean and fueling my body every few hours. I felt great and got a lot accomplished, but I’m worried that I’m not eating enough. I’m more scared to eat less because I know I need more food to give me energy and my appetite has kicked into high gear. It’s hard to find the balance between fitness and proper nutrition, but I’m doing my research, writing out a plan, and seeing what happens.
According to the Harris Benedict Equation that calculates how many calories the body needs, I should eat:
1625.8 calories to maintain current weight (without exercise)
2763.8 calories to maintain current weight (since doing Insanity)
2263.8 calories to lose weight (while doing Insanity)
Lets see, that breaks down to about (4) 500 calorie meals and (1) 200-260 calorie snack if I stick to five meals a day. Seems doable. I guess I’m making a big deal out of the large number of calories I should be eating. After many years of training myself to focus on low-calorie meals, this is a huge adjustment, but one worth exploring. Besides, I’ve definitely eaten more calories than this to reach my previous weight of 253 pounds except I was putting on the weight by eating tons of cookies and other junk. This time, most of my calories will come from nutritionally dense foods such as avocado, nuts, and whole grains. You know, I got a good feeling about this!
Last night I had a dream about a headless chick (I’m sure she had a head, but the emphasis was elsewhere) with awesome abs. You know, I think that chick was me!
Question for You: What’s that one thing that you struggle with when it comes to fitness and/or nutrition? How do you overcome it?
Healthy Insane Journey!