Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing!
The goal, when I began this project (and isn't losing weight always a project?), was, in October, to walk three miles a day and to walk a total of 100 miles for the month. For this month, the goal is to walk four miles a day and to increase the monthly total to 125 miles.
I'm eating moderate portions of healthful, made-from-scratch food. Lots of vegetables. Grass-fed beef.
I track my calories a couple days a week, but not every day. I would estimate my daily caloric intake at 1200 to 1400.
Some of you would say that's too many, while others would say that's not enough. Like Goldilocks, I'd like to think it's just right: I'm hungry at mealtime, satisfied when I've eaten my single-serving meals and I'm not thinking about food All. The. Time.
According to this website (there are many others out there, I picked this one randomly from Google's list of suggested sites), I need to eat 2250 calories per day to maintain my current weight. To maintain my goal weight, I need to drop it to 1950. Since I'm eating far fewer calories than that generous number, clearly I should be losing more than two-tenths of a pound a week.
Which brings me back to the goals. Walking all those miles, just for the sake of walking, is a worthy goal, but the secondary goal – of course! – is to lose weight. I chose walking (and I've added some running) for a number of reasons.
- I like being outdoors.
- It's not expensive.
- It's not difficult, just time-consuming.
- I have more time than money.
- My husband lost 40 pounds in about six months taking a walk every day.
- Walking is good for my post-menopausal bones.
- Ditto my heart.
- I want to run a marathon next year, and I have to be in much better shape than I am now in order to complete it.
- It's the one exercise I enjoy doing.
- Blah, blah, blah.
Decision time. Keep it up? Add something? Replace it with something else? What would the deity of your choice do?
Usually I don't ask for advice, and as you can tell I'm very reluctant to change anything. I keep thinking, 'This will work. Someday.' I'm just not sure how much longer to wait for Someday. If you do offer advice in the comments, please realize I've been on some kind of a diet since I was 11 years old. I know what to do, and I feel I'm doing a pretty good job of it with this plan.
The last resort would be to just accept that I'm going to be fit and fat the rest of my life.