Things didn’t go badly at all, yesterday. I ate more than I probably should have (3,079 calories, partly because it turns out that corn bread has all the calories), but my FitBit calculates that I burned 4,331 calories through a combination of hitting all of my exercise goals and walking and living. So, that’s promising. Today’s goal is to keep my calorie intake to something more like 2,200 to 2,400 calories while still hitting all of my exercise goals. Because yesterday, although it was fun to allow myself to eat excessively and still hit my goal, doesn’t need to be my regular daily routine.
This is making me feel more positive about things, though. When I realized how much I’d eaten, there was a moment of despondency. Then I looked at the calories I’d burned, and realized that I was still doing pretty good. And then I finished my exercises, instead of deciding “hey, I’m just a fat and week-willed slob” and eating a pound of M&Ms. Because – assuming the experiment works – I should still lose weight. A pound of fat contains anywhere from 2,843 to 3,752 calories, depending on the calculation method used, so if I can manage to burn 1,000 or more calories than I consume each day I should lose anywhere from 1.8 to 2.5 pound a week.
Assuming my experiment holds up, that is. We’ll see, won’t we?