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09 December 2013
Good morning! ...or rather, good night...
It's a little past midnight.
Again, it looks like it's gonna be a night with little to no sleep.
Wife and I went to bed early. She's getting up ridiculously early tomorrow, and I'm being a good sport helping her by getting up with her. At the same time, I was super tired from NOT sleeping most of last night.
My back is aching more and more when I'm in bed. It's pretty clear to me that this happens when I am in the same position for longer time. I have very limited positions I can lie in while recovering, so options are limited and I just have to go with it. It's wearing me out quite a bit.
So, we konked out around 8 PM. Both exhausted. I woke up first time at 9:30 PM. 2nd time at 10:38. 3rd time at 11:45 PM, when I decided to just get up and do something else. Who needs sleep, right? Oh, wait... I do.
I have no weight numbers yet. They'd be completely askew if I did them now. Also, I can't get to do them as I can't reach the scale on the floor! :)
say is that it's a real challenge to get all the calories and nutrition to fit into the new puzzle for me.
It's REALLY hard to ensure that I get enough calories, with enough protein, without going too high in fat and carbs. This is something I need to learn, and something that will take a while to grasp fully. I mean, I know what to do, I just don't know which foods to go to for which results.
I'm learning, though. Babysteps.
I can already tell that I am up in weight. My guess is that I weigh 2-3 lbs more than yesterday, but I could be wrong. There are several reasons for the guesstimate:
1. I weighed myself after my feeding window closed last night. I was at 85.8 kilos. This is WAY higher than I was just a few days ago. This isn't necessarily all bad just yet.
2. I have been to the restroom several times after, but only to go #1. I haven't done #2 for a couple of days. With the amount of food I have consumed the last two days, there is no way this doesn't affect my physical weight.
3. I know that I usually drop at least a kilo from an evening weigh-in to a morning weigh-in. Weird, huh? :) Still, with a starting point of 85.8 last night compared to 82.9 yesterday morning, weight's GOTTA be up by quite a bit.
(EDIT: I WAS WRONG! I'm only up by 500g! More about it further down!)
I'm really curious to see my numbers today. It's an interesting journey that I am taking right now.
I wrote a message to my buddy Steve, and as I was writing to him I realized that what I am doing right now is in a way not TOO different from my Indulgence Diet. It's just much more long term.
The thing is - I don't know at all if I am right or wrong on this. It could easily go in both directions.
Before I go on, though, let me just empahsize this:
THIS IS NOT A THEORY SET IN STONE. THIS IS ME SPECULATING AND GUESSING! THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I AM WORKING TO FIGURE OUT. IF YOU CHOOSE TO READ IT AS GOSPEL AND MESS UP YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, THEN IT'S NOT MY MESS. I'm only trying to work out what is working for ME.
Feel free to be inspired, but step carefully and do it at your own risk.
Anyways, here is the theory:
Many people who succeed in losing a large amount of weight gets to a point where we are very efficient in cutting calories. Many - like me - still eat reasonably large portions of food, but with very few calories. We learn to optimize, in order to create the calorie deficit.
This is what I did. This is why I stalled a couple of years ago. I was eating plenty of food in terms of volume, but not enough nutrition for my body to actually work with. Everything shut down.
I then - with the help of many - developed the Indulgence Diet. Basically, you take one day per week and over-eat. You eat MORE calories than you burn. And to avoid gaining weight, you compensate for the extra calories on the other days.
You probably also up the RDI in general a notch, going for the 1-2 lb weight loss per week. Nothing more extreme, to avoid being too hungry on regular days.
So, I have been doing this for ages. It works for me. It keeps me in my place, and I can lose weight with it when I want and need to. It's a good system.
However, it KEEPS me in the weight loss phase, and doesn't move me to maintenance - and in terms of proper muscle building, it's useless as your body needs longer periods with small calorie surpluses to fully build muscle.
As I started looking into maintenance, and how many calories I should consume, I obviously turned to all the calculators and tools online, and the ones I have gathered at home over the last couple of years.
The two main players here are my TANITA scale, and my Fitbit Flex.
The one I think is the most accurate - and still with a grain of salt, of course - is my scale. It's a super expensive scale, bought specifically because of the accuracy. It gives you ALL the numbers in the world:
- Body Fat Percentage
- Muscle Weight
- Bone Mass
- Metabolic Age
- Total Energy Expenditure
What is interesting in this game is the Total Energy Expenditure.
The cool thing is that it - based on all my stats such as gender, age, height, weight, muscle and fluid mass, bone weight etc. estimates how much energy my body burns in a 24 hour period.
This number relates DIRECTLY to my mission. In a perfect world, I could simply get on the scale, read that one number, and go with it if I wanted to maintain my weight today. If I want to lose weight, knock off a few hundred calories, and I'm good to go.
There are TWO problems though.
1. The number seems ridiculously high. Scary high. Never under 3100 calories, usually closer to 3300.
2. It comes with a set activity level, that isn't very specific. You get to choose between 1, 2 and 3. Three is supposedly "Athletic" which is NOT where I see myself. I would normally - when I am not healing from surgery and when I am my normal active selv - think that I'd be a 2. But when I set it for 2, it suggests additional 500 calories , knocking my intake up to 3800 calories! I have checked numerous times that my settings are correct. Obivously, I set it at the lowest setting, the 1. This would be as close to sedentary as I can get, and what would be right for right now.
So, essentially, a scale tells me to start eating twice the amount of calories to maintain my weight. Can I trust it? I don't know.
I've gone with it for two days. Between the first two days, I seemingly LOST body fat, after having consumed 3300 calories with little to no exercise.
I did the same yesterday, but the numbers are not in yet. They will be in a few hours. I probably won't post this journal until then. Sitting up all night alone in the darks is a good time for writing, so I am doing all the other work now. :)
Anyways, where was I...?
Oh, right. The theory.
So, what I see - and the reason to me linking it to Indulgence Day - is this:
When we lose weight, we optimize. We lower the calories, and in my case to the point where I have probably more or less starved myself the last three years.
Whenever I would eat more than I should, or when I would reach Indulgence Day, I would gain weight massively. Usually just fluid that would drop off again over the course of the next week.
This pattern kept me from wanting to eat more, though. The shock of the gain would knock me back in my place and do good. It would keep me to restricting my calories.
So, over the last three years, my body has learned to survive on less. It has learned that there probably is NOT enough food in the world, and to just deal with it.
This isn't good - especially not when I am trying to build muscle mass. Building muscle mass takes energy. Lots and lots of energy. It takes proteins and fat, it takes carbs, it takes physical effort. All of this, combined with low calories, is a bad deal.
So, suddenly it dawned on me.
What if my body is basically just waiting to see that there is enough food? What if my body is ready to build muscle, ready to maintain the muscle mass that I already have, ready to recover from surgery faster - IF I FEED IT OPTIMALLY?
What if all I need is to learn to live with eating more, eating what my body is actually burning?
If the scale numbers are right, then this is the way to go. Find out how much protein and fat is needed for muscle building and recovery, and find a good balance where I have enough carbs to give me energy, and little enough that I don't end up a blob of retained fluid.
Then of course there is the mental game. I know I'm gonna gain weight. WEIGHT. Not necessarily fat. This hasn't been proven just yet. Actually, after the 1st day of 3300 calories, I lost 38 grams of body fat. Interesting, isn't it?
I have to be okay with gaining weight to test this out. It needs to be tested out more than a couple of days. It might be weeks before my body actually realizes. And it might be a lot less than that before I panic and hit the brakes. I don't want to gain 10 kilos doing this, and have to struggle to lose them again. And still, this is such an interesting thing that I need to find out.
I have been trying to read up on it online, but I just can't find any straight answers. One part of me says it all makes sense. The other just says "Watch out. You'll just get fat". Which is right?
I went with a million different online calculators made for cutting and bulking bodybuilders, and worked out numbers, and now I am going with it. The worst that can happen is that I gain a few kilos. I know how to drop them again. I would MUCH rather gain a couple of kilos of fat than lose muscle mass.
I didn't even get to tell you about the fitbit. Sorry. :)
The fitbit does some of the same estimations, but only relies on weight, heigth, gender, age and bodyfat.
It doesn't take activity level into account, as you have to "earn" it. It's basically a glorified pedometer, that measures how active you are at any given time.
The fitbit shows much lower numbers, though not impossible low. A generally active day can reach the 3200 calories that the TANITA scale is hinting. The question is, of course, how relevant is a 3200 calorie intake when I am almost not moving? These days I am recovering from my surgery, and I haven't made it past 4,000 steps yet. It will take a while before I get there, I think.
The numbers are in!
Let's take a look, and see if we can make any conclusions. Obviously, I only have data from three weigh-ins (two days of eating this way), so nothing is set in stone. I need much more evidence than that. But maybe we can see an early trend.
This is what the scale says, along with the last couple of weigh-ins:
07.12.13: 82.4 kg
08.12.13: 82.9 kg (pretty much average of the last several months)
09.12.13: 83.4 kg
07.12.13: 07.5% (6.18 kg)
08.12.13: 07.0% (5.80 kg - lowest in AGES!)
09.12.13: 06.8% (5.67 kg)
07.12.13: 72.5 kg
08.12.13: 73.4 kg
09.12.13: 73.9 kg
07.12.13: 68.5% (56.44 kg)
08.12.13: 68.3% (56.62 kg)
09.12.13: 70.5% (58,80 kg)
Total Energy Exp.:
07.12.13: 3379 calories
08.12.13: 3424 calories
09.12.13: 3451 calories
07.12.13: 4% (a first in a LONG time!)
This is getting REALLY interesting, I think.
I am up in bodyweight. I'm not surprised with that. I haven't gone boom-boom for two days, and I also see an increase in fluid/muscle. There is nothing really bad in this, as long as the muscle mass keeps up to speed. I have gained one kilo of body weight over the last two days, but gained 1.4 kilos of muscle. The fluid numbers follows this nicely. It all sits in the muscles.
Now, this is where it gets interesting...
My bodyfat percentage is down AGAIN, and so is the actual fat mass. They might sound like they're the same thing, but they're really not.
One can easily have a lower bodyfat percentage, but have an increase in fat, since the percentage is relative to the WEIGHT. If I was to gain ten kilo body weight, and only 500g of it was fat, then the percentage would be down, but the fat mass would be up. Gaining fluid in order to lower the bodyfat percentage is not a solution. It makes a great show in numbers, but it's worthless.
I hope this makes sense.
Once again, I am down in actual body fat. It's not a lot, 130 grams, but it's a whole lot better than gaining fat. This is literally what I am hoping to see and accomplish doing this. I want to stay even on fat - I don't care much whether I lose any or not, but I would like for it to not go too far up - and I want to retain the muscle I have built over the last year. So far, I see only perfect numbers - and at a ridiculously high calorie intake.
So, the next big question is: Do I go with the new, higher RDI for the day? Do I add another 27 calories to my RDI that I was given yesterday? Yeah, why not. It's not that precise a science, and I probably will miscalculate those 27 calories somewhere in my intake over the course of the day anyways.
I have all meals planned out for the day, and have allowed myself some treats too.
I will have a gigantor omelette for lunch. Home made. Eggs, chicken sausage, cheese. Rye bread on the side, chili ketchup on top. It's gonna be a massive amount.
Dinner will be chili con carne, home made by The King himself. :) Again, a very large portion is planned, with more rye bread.
Snacks? I'll be having a very nice protein shake in the afternoon, and then I'm gonna treat myself to a LARGE bar of super dark chocolate.
More about the chocolate in a moment.
It's so much food. I can't say I don't like it, but the math is kinda killing the mood. I really want to get everything right, or as right as possible. It's hard to do, and I do struggle a little getting the macros to fit in perfectly.
I prioritize them as following:
- NEVER go over RDI. With an RDI of 3400, that should never be a problem. :)
- ALWAYS make sure you have 190g of protein in a day.
- ALWAYS make sure you have at least 30% of your calories from fat, but don't let it spin out of control.
- NEVER go crazy in carbs. I'm trying to limit it to under 200. I'm not sure if this is a good number or not - some calculators indicate that I could go all the way to 300 with little to no damage, but better safe than sorry.
So, about the chocolate...
I'm feeling confident that I can treat myself today. I wanted to give myself something sweet, but I don't want to compromise the numbers. So I started digging around my calorie counter, to find out where I do the least damage, and how I could fit it all in.
And this is when I had quite an eye opener:
I mean, I know it. I prefer dark chocolate when I have the choice, compared to milk chocolate. I prefer it pure, without all kinds of stuff in it.
But I never bothered to actually look at the nutritional values, other than the calories. We all know that the calories in milk chocolate and dark chocolate are pretty much the same - they're equally fattening - but when you look at the macros, there's a HUGE difference.
To compare my two favorites from Ritter Sport. One is milk chocolate, one is "very" dark. The info given is for 100g, a "personal" size.
The difference is obvious. The dark chocolate has almost half the carbs, but adds 30% extra fat.
I'm less concerned with the fat than I am with the carbs. The carbs are what will awaken the Carb Demon, and I want him to stay sleeping. I think I'm able to go past him unnoticed though.
(EDIT: I actually found a MUCH better chocolate.
Again, I am not TOO concerned with the fat. At least not as concerned as I am with the carbs. This one has 1/3 of the carbs found in milk chocolate. It's somewhat higher in calories, but I have so many calories to spend that it's hard to reach goal.
END OF EDIT)
So today's numbers are great, I have the day planned. I'm good to go.
Today, I will try to start walking just a little tiny bit. Nothing like what I normally do, but I do want to get out there and move around. I miss it. Don't worry, I'll be careful.
I feel like I have the energy for a shorter walk. Maybe a kilometer or two.
Generally, I don't feel exhausted and out of energy like I did with the last surgery. This time I am much more mentally alert, and have about the same energy as always. I'm just not allowed to do all that I would like to do. If I could, I'd go work out today. I feel good - even if I didn't sleep much.
Going on my walk, I will make my way to the gym, going a detour to just get some steps in. I will then arrive there about the same time as when I'd normally work out. I want to stay in the habit of going, and just be there. I don't want a habit of NOT going to suddenly creep up on me. I can't let that happen. So, regardless of whether I'm working out or not, I will STILL be there three mornings per week.
Besides, there's always free coffee! :)
Today, I'm thankful for:
- Slowly feeling progress. It takes time, and I'm okay with it.
- Sick leave. I'm happy that I don't have to go to work until next year. I need the break, both physically and mentally.
- Morning coffee! Much needed after a crap night like last night.
- Losing fat with a 3400 calorie RDI (so far). Let's see where this goes!
- Learning new things every day.
- A naïve hope that someone read this nerdy babble all the way to the end. :)
Have a great week, everyone! Life is good!
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09 December 2013
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08 December 2013
Ah... so THERE is the downside... the lack of sleep.
It's 3 AM. I've been up on and off all night.
My neighbor and his Wife picked me up at the hospital yesterday, and took me home. It was so nice of them to give me a hand, helping me carrying everything, etc.
I'm not really restricted on heavy lifting this time, and I am much stronger than last time, so I am capable of quite a lot, but I know better than to play Superman this close after surgery.
I keep telling myself to calm down and take it easy, but it's hard to do. I don't feel that lack of energy that I did last time, but I know I have to take care of myself.
I came home, and actually walked with Daughter to the post office to pick up one of the gifts for Wife that I have been waiting for. It's a stone throw away, and no biggie.
Afterwards, I got tired, though. Very tired. I could tell that I had used up the energy and I needed to rest.
Wife and I had arranged that I was gonna order food, as soon as she came home. She'd be tired after a long day's work, and she wouldn't allow me to cook, in order to take care of myself.
Fortunately, I think I'm feeling well enough that I could do a little cooking - I'll probably try that theory out today or tomorrow.
Anyways, I took a nap and slept really deep. Then Wife called. She was so nice to ask if she should walk over and get food since she was already out. I was so confused, sleeping deep and then having the phone ringing - I didn't even realize I was at home at first. It just shocked me, and I think I must have jerked hard, because my stomach was aching for hours afterwards. There is seemingly nothing wrong though, so there are no worries.
So Wife picked up food. I had my favorite pizza. A whole one. It was pre-calculated and accounted for, plenty of meat and cheese to meet the protein/fat goals, made with whole wheat flour to avoid the fast carbs. It was a welcome meal after the truly dull hospital food. I think I have deserved it.
Afterwards, we watched a few tv-shows, and then we were both ready for bed. I got my bandages fixed, and we went to bed. I was tired.
Then my back started nagging me again.
I've been up four or five times throughout the night, walking around a bit in the apartment, trying to calm my back down. It just won't let me.
I've taken pain killers. I've walked. I've sat. I've laid down. Nothing seems to do much.
So, now it's 3 AM, and I decided to just stay up. Sooner or later, I will fall asleep and get the rest that I need. For now, I get to write my journal and snuggle with kitty cat. It's not a bad morning at all, if it wasn't for the pains.
Actually, writing this, I realize that the pains are slowly calming down and going away. Still, I am in no way tired enough to sleep any longer. Still there is no point in going to bed. I will just end up waking up Wife, and I want her to rest. She needs it more than I do - she's going to work Monday. I'm not. I can sleep all I want, when my body asks for it.
I have no weigh-in to present just yet. First of all, I don't want to do any commotion in the bath room - to now wake up Wife.
Second, I want to do it right. I need to get undressed, get all my bandages off and all.
Third, I can't reach the handles on the scale on my own. I need Wife for this.
I'm VERY curious where I'm gonna end up. I am still in SERIOUS doubt about the high numbers.
Yesterday, the scale told me to have 3379 calories to maintain weight/mass. That's a LOT.
The scale is set to the lowest of three activity leveles, supposedly "Sedentary", so it's all set right. I double checked it yesterday.
I do think, however, that I will not go higher than that calorie number.
I have been thinking about it, and checking my stats.
It seems like the scale gives me a higher calorie allowance when two things happen:
1. I gain fat.
2. I gain muscle/water weight.
I do feel the need to distinguish, instead of just say "when I gain weight". You see, I have days where my weight is the same, but fat percentage is down and muscle mass is up. These days, I'm easily dealt maybe 50-75 calories more to consume to maintain weight. This, I believe, is important to understanding what is going on.
More muscle mass in a body requires more calories. This is the reason that my calorie burn supposedly is this high to begin with.
I'm gonna try hard to not freak out if my weight goes up by a few kilos, as long as my body fat percentage doesn't follow suit.
The idea here is to MAINTAIN my low body fat percentage - at least under 10% average - but to gain weight from mass. This being muscle, but of course water is a big part of that equation too. I can't gain muscle without gaining water. Those two factors are connected tightly.
I won't know more about this until I have done my weigh-in.
I know I am heavier. I ate a lot more yesterday than I have all week, due to prepping for surgery and due to the stay at the hospital. Yesterday was more like "revenge-day" than it was "indulgence day". :)
I stayed within my allowed calories though, and made sure my numbers were okay, within reason. This is something I'm still trying to get my footing on, and it's not as easy as it seems.
According to the body builder sites that I frequent, I need around 190g of protein per day, about 60g of fat, and about 260 of carbs. This site suggests a much lower calorie intake, 2400, per day.
Again, I am severely in doubt which numbers I should go with.
My spider-sense tells me to still go with the scale, and trust me - it's not because I get another 900 calories to play with. I really don't want them. All I want is to be able to stay at the right place to maintain my muscles throughout the healing process.
Again, let us see what the weigh-in says when Wife wakes up. And then the one tomorrow. I can't base ANYTHING on one day. That would be like measuring my success on one single Indulgence Day. It would be pointless, and make no sense. I need to give it a few days before I stop.
So, yesterday, I reached 195g of protein (of goal 190g), 165g of fat (of goal 65g), and 280g of carbs (of goal 269g). There is plenty of room for improvement, but it isn't all that bad.
I already know a few places I can adjust. One is obviously to NOT eat pizza daily. :)
An important key in this new game is that even with an RDI of 3000+ calories, it STILL has to be proper food. I can't just go crazy in sugars and whites and wing it to reach the numbers.
I actually have to be much MORE careful what I'm doing. I have to consider EVERYTHING. If I don't pick protein heavy things in every meal, I won't reach my protein goals. If I pick too many meats to reach my protein goal, I'll go over on fat. If I don't pick carb things, it's hard to reach my full calorie intake - and this is important in order to maintain mass - and at the same time we REALLY don't want to wake up the Carb Monster, do we?
Speaking of Carb Monster, he hasn't been around for quite a while. Good riddance. I'm not gonna challenge him to come back. Let's let sleeping demons lie. :)
Today, I'm thankful for:
- Wife and Daughter. They're such an amazing help in my recovery phaze.
- Kitty Cat. She's the best company.
- Post surgery. I'm glad I'm done. I'm glad I'm home.
- Pain killers. Numbing.
- Sunday. A day at home with Wife, with nothing to do.
- Radiators. I finally had to turn on the heaters in the living room. Winter really is here.
Life is good!
The numbers are in!
I'll write all numbers compared to yesterday. Actually, I think I ought to do this for a while, with the base day being yesterday and the current day to compare. Here goes:
Today : 82.9 (pretty much average of the last several months)
D.A.S.*: 07.5% (6.18kgs)
Today : 07.0% (5.80kgs - lowest in AGES!)
Today : 73.4kgs
Total Energy Exp.:
D.A.S.*: 3379 calories
Today : 3424 calories
D.A.S.*: 4% (a first in a LONG time!)
Today : 4%
*Day After Surgery
Overall, the numbers are awesome. I'm up 500g body weight, and this could be from anything - including the pizza that I ate.
Also, this is the lowest body fat percentage I have had since early summer!
What is REALLY interesting is that I am DOWN about 38 grams of bodyfat. It's nothing, but it's NOT a gain, after consuming 3300 calories.
I will keep you posted on future developments as time goes. This will be a regular thing in my journal at least while I'm on sick leave. It's a bit time consuming to do this, but while I'm out from work I probably have nothing better to do. :)
Today's Total Energy Expendure is 3424. I will aim for the same 190g of protein, 60g of fat as yesterday. Carbs as I see fit, but with smart choices (read: restricted).
I'm a little in doubt whether it's best to aim for a set number of grams of fat, or to aim for "30% of your calories from fat". This would equal 113g of fat - almost double. Let's see where I end up today, and take it from there.
END OF EDIT. Life is STILL good. :)
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07 December 2013
It's early morning at the hospital.
Denmark's been caught in severe thunderstorms the last couple of days, and Wife ended up being stuck at the hospital. We got it arranged so she could sleep here. Not only did she not have to go out into dangerous weather, she also saved the hour long commute back and forth.
The nurses have been super nice, they even made her a little breakfast plate and a lunch to take to work!
Today's weigh in is absolutely brilliant! I'm at 82.4 kilos, with a body fat percentage of 7.5. I couldn't possibly ask for it better than that, ever! The weight in isn't completely in the buff either. I was wearing two thick supporting belts/girdles that pushes fluid from the incisions. They easily weigh a pound each. - and let's not forget the sexy white stockings that we get to wear. Not that they weigh a lot. They just make me look like something out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
It seems that there is no more bleeding from the cuts. It all looks pretty nice for a freshly butchered body. Once it's healed, I'm gonna LOVE it. He'll, I love it already. It's weird to look on the mirror and literally see parts of you gone.
So, since the bleeding has stopped and things are looking fine - at least to me - I'm counting on being sent home today.
I'm looking forward to coming home. The nurses and doctors here are SUPER nice, I have absolutely no complaints, but being in the hospital for more than a few minutes is no fun.
I was SO bored yesterday.
I tried all kinds of things, but I'm just not good at sitting still all the time without an activity of some kind.
Puzzles are too quiet, as are books or magazines. I missed my walks. I missed being out there in real life.
I'm starting to feel a little more pain. The cuts don't hurt, they literally can't hurt, as the nerve endings have been cut, but the excess fluid under the skin is slowly settling in the groin area, just like last time. Let's just say that the crown jewels are beet colored by now, and VERY sore! LOL! I had forgotten about this part of the journey.
That's OK. I'll live through it.
I actually did almost 2,000 steps yesterday, over the course of the day. I'm surprised that it came to that much, but I WAS on my feet for a decent amount of time.
So, today is the first day of weight maintenance.
There are several factors in it, and they all have to be incorporated and done right.
First of all, I need to up my calorie intake significantly. Today's weigh in indicates that I need to consume 3,300 calories. According to IIFYM.com I need 192g of protein, and about 80g of fat. Carbs can go the rest of the way.
At the same time, I am still practicing Intermittent Fasting, so this has to be done within my 8 hour feeding window.
This is truly terrifying!
This is SO MANY calories!
I have read page after page of documentation, and it seems that most people agree that the Tanita scales are accurate, and that the numbers are sound.
In my estimated DC I, Daily Calorie Intake, is an activity estimate, from one to three. Obviously, for recovery, I set it at one. Actually, I always have it at one. It seems to generally go hand in hand with the numbers from Fitbit and other places that I use.
If I change the activity level to the next step, it suggests 3,800 calories. I just wouldn't dare.
So, I'm gonna do my best to reach my daily calorie goals, and the macros too.
It's gonna be a challenge.
I will keep an eye on things and see if they spin out of control.
My main focus is to maintain muscle mass. I can live with gaining a kilo of fat, or two, but I really want to keep my muscle mass. It's a lot more work to rebuild muscle than it is to lose fat.
So, 3,300 calories, here I come. Are you ready?
Today, I'm thankful for:
- Having Wife here with me last night. I missed her.
- The nicest nurses in the world.
- Perfect weigh in!
- New journey. New Focus.
- Coffee. Hospital coffee isn't all that bad.
Have a great weekend! Life is good!
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