It's been 7 weeks since my bikini competition where I competed at 100 pounds and now I weigh 108! Yes, that's over a pound a week! Yikes! I can tell that my body composition is still better than it was when I started training (more muscle and less fat), and I didn't plan to stay at 100 pounds, but I'd like to be at 104. So, I find myself with 4 pounds to lose.
I'm sure I put on weight because: 1) I was eating two pints of Haagen Dazs Gelato (Sea Salt Caramel) a week for about 5 weeks, and 2) I stopped training as intensely as I was (just running around the neighborhood for 30 minutes) and then took some time off working out at the end of the summer to just be with my son. I don't regret it, but I know it's time to get back to work! My son started school mid-August and I'm back to my routine of working out as soon as I drop him off at school. I feel 100x better already. It's amazing how quickly your body can change - for the better or worse.
I've been tracking my workouts on my iPhone and plan to share them in detail with you this week, but for now, I'll just say that I start with 30 minutes of medium-hard cardio, then do 30-45 minutes of weight training with active rests (which keep my heart rate up) the whole time.
When I was preparing for my bikini contest, my trainer gave me a meal plan to follow for 12 weeks. I never counted calories or macros, but generally had an idea of what it was. Last night, I finally plugged the five meals into My Fitness Pal and got the calculations below. I think My Fitness Pal only allow for 4 meals a day, that's why I had to combines Meals 2 & 3.
So, for those of you who were interested in the breakdown, there it is. I was surprised at how many calories I was eating, I thought it was been less, although I knew I was eating a lot of food- I was never hungry. But, you need to eat consistently (about every 3 hours) and get enough protein at each meal to build and sustain muscle.
Since I know I have weight to lose now, I need to be more strict with my food. My weakness is dessert. But, when I'm working out HARD, I'm much less likely to eat what isn't good for me. I always think, "I didn't just work that hard to blow it by having a piece of cake."
I like My Fitness Pal because it allows me to see how everything I put in my mouth mouth adds up and it makes me reconsider my gelato! Of course, I will still eat it, just not as often!
I hope this chart helps! Let me know! :) Do you use My Fitness Pal?