So I think I finally figured it out. I think I know why I’m not seeing any results from ALL of the working out I’ve been doing the past month. It’s something SO simple, something that we ALL know but we fail to ignore until the evidence is right there in front of your eyes (almost mocking you).
I consume too much fat and too much sugar. See? I told you it was simple and something so…so…DUH! Here I’ve been playing volleyball 3 times a week, doing yoga once a week, lifting weights at home, I’ve gotten back into running, and I’m still hovering around the same weight? How is that possible? I should be a slender 125lbs gal with all of this Sporty-Morty action going on! But I’ve been sabotaging myself with what I’ve been eating.
How do I know this? I’ve been tracking what I eat and the activities I do using the MyPlate website and app (for BlackBerry & iPhone/iPad) on Livestrong.com. Here, I’m able to not only track my intake and what I burn but I can also get detailed charts and graphs of my intake over time. That last part is the key that tipped me off. I’ve been hitting my caloric marks (with flying colors I might add) but too many of those calories are from fat and sugar.
In the chart above, as you can see from the absence of a blue line, it’s recommended that you have ZERO sugar. That’s most likely unrealistic given natural sugar sources from fruit for example, but with the amount of coffee I drink I know I can cut down quite a bit. I should probably also note that the places where I have a little to no data in both charts above means I either didn’t track my intake for part or that entire day.
So what am I going to do about this?
- Cut out as much coffee (with the cream & the sugar) as I can, instead enjoying Green Tea which I can tolerate and actually enjoy without any sugar at all.
- I should not consume nearly as much meat as I do. This mostly comes in the form of red meat, carnivore that I am, which doesn’t help matters any.
- Include more vegetables in my diet…preferably of the fresh and raw/lightly cooked variety. Eat your veggies just like momma said!
In the coming weeks it’ll be interesting to see if I can adhere to the above 3 tasks and moreover see what kind of affect these changes have on my results!