Well, I’m done with Meatless May and did a weigh in this morning. My weight is the same, though my body fat % did drop slightly again. However, little bit of inches I thought I lost at different places a week or so ago is back up to the same as before last measurement, or maybe I just measured wrong last time. SO…the ONLY difference I saw with Meatless May was dropping body fat %. Everything else remained constant.
I am determined to lose these last 9 lbs! And I’m not quite sure how to do that yet. I’m in Anatomy/Physiology & Nutrition classes currently and haven’t got to the part about meal plans yet, so I’m still kind of going on my own.
Decision 1: I’m reducing my calories back to sedentary levels. Even though I’m working out, the majority of my day is spent sitting, between work and class and studying. So, here’s what I’m doing:
- Calorie Intake per day: 1260-1516
- Carbohydrates per day: 173-209 grams
- Fat per day: Max of 51 grams
- Protein per day: 47-57 grams
Today, that translates into this meal plan:
Breakfast: 1 large fruit and veggie smoothie (contained 6 oz. pomegranate Chobani greek yogurt, 1 large carrot, 1/4 c. broccoli, 3/4 c. frozen berries, 1 c. cran-pomegranate juice, 1 frozen banana).
Lunch: 2 oz. Boar’s Head “Ever Roast” Chicken Breast, 1 tsp. mayo, 1 tsp. brown mustard, and 1 oz. Muenster cheese on a 100 calorie wheat bun.
Dinner: 1 grilled cheese sandwich (with only 1 oz. of cheddar cheese) with 1 c. tomato soup and a pickle spear.
Decision 2: Increase workouts as possible. I’ve been working out on a regular basis, but I’m reading more and more that if you want to lose weight, you should be up to 60-90 minutes per day. I’m at about 45-60 most days, sometimes only getting in 30 minutes. And I usually have 1 or 2 rest days per week due to my incredibly hectic schedule of juggling work, school, studying, home, and church. So, I’m going to try to work on it. But something is probably going to have to give.
Decision 3: Do I need to go to school to get my national personal trainer certification?
I’ve been told by a few people now that all the study materials I need to pass the national test are available to order online and would cost about as much as I spend for one class (vs. the 10 classes I’d be taking from the technical college). I’m already in the middle of classes for this summer session and past the withdraw date, so I’ll stick it out this semester. But after that, I may just try to do this on my own. I’m also hoping to get some experience working under a trainer while studying.
I was told that if I needed help with studying for any classes, it would be the science classes, which just happens to be what I’m in (A&P and Nutrition). So, maybe it works out that the other class was cancelled and I got put in Nutrition this semester. It certainly would be a $ saver for us! So, I’m thinking about what my next steps are. Please pray for wisdom for me and Bryan in this decision. Thanks!