I meant to write this on Monday, but things have been getting in the way. Last week was somewhat predictable. I ended up hiking 51 miles last week and I logged <1500 calories every day except for Saturday. I lost exactly 2 lbs, weighing in at 160.2 lbs on Saturday morning.
My totals for the mini-challenge were:
- Week 1: Eat whatever, hiked 60 miles, gained 0.5 lbs
- Week 2: Plug everything into MyFitnessPal, didn’t target a caloric deficit, hiked 48 miles & lost 1.1 lbs
- Week 3: Plugged everything into MFP, targeted <1500 calories, hiked 51 miles, & lost 2 lbs
I could keep going and try a week 4 where I don’t exercise much or at all and maintain a really strict diet, and I’m sure I would still lose weight. I don’t want to do that, though, because consistent exercise is what keeps me sane. I’ve finally learned that weight is super important in order to do things I love (hike, snowboard, climb), I can only lose or maintain weight by watching diet, & exercise is for my mind/mindset.
I still struggle with getting to an ideal weight, which is ~150lbs for me. I will progress & then plateau for a long time. COVID has made it really tough because of boredom. I’m really hoping that I can find a groove and exit COVID (whenever that may be and whatever that may look like) at 155 lbs.