So last week I re-hit 154 pounds (after initially getting there pre-summer and right before thanksgiving. Great right Well I've been stuck since. Now usually that wouldn't be a big deal, but I've noticed a strange patterrn. Days where I've binged I've either lost (say bounced down a .2 or .4) and days where I'm on plan I tend to gain.
After further analysis, I've noticed even if I don't binge but have a treat, I lose. So I have a couple theories as to why. 1). It is completely a fluke (I definitely am not underestimating this), 2). after being somewhat off-plan during the summer my calorie needs have shifted up or 3). after getting so low I need to drastically cut calories.
The reason 1 or 2 may have just started is most of what I've lost since post-summer was water weight and thus came off easier.
I've tried lowering my calories from 1500 to 1300, with no success. I've tried doing 1500 and increasing exercise with no success. I do eat a lot of (healthy) carbs but I don't want to, and can't afford anyways, to eat more meat and I'm not big on protein shakes so that would only be a last resort to me.
So I'm going to use this space to track any changes to my plan, which will be daily. I need to figure out if this is just me making nothing something or what.
So today I ate only junk (yeah I know...this has been stressing me out) and even being conservative I came up with 1520 calories (probably seriously low). Exercised at low intensity for 15 minutes. And this morning I weighed in at 154.0 pounds after 1300-1350 calories and no exercise (no junk food).
Tomorrow's plan depends on tomorrow's weigh in. If I gain I will do 1300 caloriees with 20 minutes of moderate exercise and if I maintain/lose, 1550 calories withh 15 minutes of low intensity exercise.
For a long time I didn't exercise consistently, so I still haven't found the right mixture yet of calories and exercise, except I know if I do too much, even if I add calories it tends to stall me. So for purposes of experimentation I will first try moderate exercise + lowering calories or less exercise + more calories to figure out if I need more or less calories.
I'll also start tracking into fitday again to see if carb/fat/protein levels affect anything. (I always track just write it on a note on my computer though as entering every single little thing was burning me out as I tend to eat meals with a lot of compenents, but I'll make an excception till/if I break through this dreaded 154).
weigh-in: 153.8 (junk day before weigh-in)
food type: healthy
food type: junk
calorie: 1520 (minimum)
exercise: 15 minutes (low intensity)