My initial plan for this weekend was to create a post taking a look at progress to date regarding my health, wellness, and specifically weight/fat loss goals.
Then I sat down to watch some playoff football.
As you can tell from the title of this post – let’s just say that Team Upgrade suffered a small setback. Going into Sunday, drinking had been managed (I have held myself to 4 or less alcoholic drinks in a single night. Most importantly, I had successfully managed to avoid binge eating following binge drinking!), I was doing insane things like ordering salads for lunch instead of hamburgers, and had been getting to the gym at least four times per week.
In fact, my original plan for this post was to talk about the value of consistency, and how much of a difference that made over time.
But… Sunday rolled around, and long story short: almost totally off the rails.
I say almost because I didn’t drink anything, and yet… and yet… I still managed to eat burgers, fries, pizza, cookies, soda. Holy smokes!
I wanted to maintain the momentum that I had up until yesterday, and be honest with myself about everything, so I did log all the things I ate into MyFitnessPal. Calorie total for the day comes out to 3,611. Wow.
One of the things I’ll be doing in a post later in the month (likely the final post of January) is comparing the numbers on my calorie tracking to the FitBit numbers, and seeing how well they correlate to my actual weight/fat loss numbers.
Speaking of my beloved FitBit, let’s see what it recorded for the day. Fitbit claims that I burned a total of 3,434 calories on Sunday… for a net of 177. When I realized that my Sunday was going down the tubes eating-wise, I managed to get onto the treadmill and watch most of the Eagles game while walking roughly 3.5 miles per hour, which added to the walking I had done while running errands earlier in the day. FitBit had me at a total of 8.11 miles for the day, which drove those numbers up.
Now the reality of these sites is that they are making estimates, and even FitBit is using some formula to estimate the calories I’ve burned. It just has a bit more information to work with – namely my heart rate and the number of steps I take during the day.
In the past, I would definitely let one off day derail a whole week. This time, though, I must commit to making solid decisions and getting back on track. Check back later this week to see what happens! I know what has happened in the past, and I know that course of action will not produce the results I want.