Week 5 Lessons

by Crystal on April 22, 2013

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series 2013 transformation

A colleague at work asked me today if I’d lost weight since I started wearing the Bodylink.  I told her yes I had, but unfortunately I found it again.

Coincidentally, the last 2 weeks have involved a lot of long hours covering for other people being on leave, and a lot less sleep than usual, while the calories haven’t gone over all that often, and the books all say I should be losing 1.5lb a week.   The results are below.

Total loss since 18 March is back to only 1.4kg (3.1lb)

Week 5: 149.5kg - up 0.6kg  +1.3lb
Week 4: 148.9kg - up 0.7kg  +1.5lb
Week 3: 148.2kg - up 2.4kg  +5.3lb
Week 2: 145.8kg - down 1.5kg  -3.3lb
Week 1: 147.3k - down 3.6kg  -7.9lb
Starting weight was 150.9kg 332.7lb

The exercise counts are now the adjustments MyFitnessPal makes between what it works out I’d burn as normal metabolic rate, and what the Bodymedia tells it I have burnt, so they’re back looking more normal.

Week 4 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Target
Sleep score 81 66 87 71 85 0 59 >70
Calories 1650 2081 2263 2393 2715 2114 1271 1920
Exercise 701 684 849 538 418 556 335 >1
Net 949 1397 1414 1855 2297 1558 936 <1920
Mod Activity  1:11  1:07  1:17  0:55  0:44  0:18*  0:02* 30m
Steps  8639  8800  9596  6885  6594  3971  1392* 8000

 

Week 5 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21 Target
Sleep score 61 57 81 82 86 67 92 >70
Calories 1847 2420 1534 2049 2258 1871 1833 1920
Exercise 740 594 582 482 946 123 305 >1
Net 1107 1826 952 1567 1312 1748 1528 <1920
Mod Activity 1:04 0:56 0:48 0:34 0:51 0:02* 0:14 30m
Steps 8339 7656 6315 7089 7676 2381* 2037 8000

So, what I can learn from this?

Obviously sleep is a factor, and from the work that got dropped on my desk this morning that’s not going to change in a hurry.  Now one person is back on deck at work, there’s someone else gone on leave with no relief.  So I can’t expect that to change, I’ll have to work around it.  What I’m going to try for the next week is including meditation in my evening routine and see if that improves the result.

I also noticed that hydration levels are down, so I’ll also be tracking fluid consumption over the week, to see if that makes a difference.  There were a couple of days where I dropped weight more than the normal variation, and the only pattern I could find was that they followed a day where I went over the calorie target, so the following day I was really low carb and very high raw.   I might test that pattern again sometime in the next week or two and see if it results in the same kind of drop, because that could be useful. It might just be that they were also days when I found a dream job at my dream company and was working on putting my application together, so it could have been no more than the reduction in stress from having hope of a pathway out of my current situation.  The only way to tell for sure is to test it, so I’ll keep you posted next week.


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