I have started entering my calories into MyFitnessPal again. I don't find that I'm eating any less than I did when I wasn't actively counting calories, but something about the process makes me feel like I'm being deprived. I have not heard my stomach grumble so many times in day until I decided to stick close to my 1700 calories a day. Surprisingly I don't actually feel hungry throughout the day, but that hour before bed is killer. I never used to eat anything after dinner and now I'm searching the house late at night for something to stop the noise and somersaults in my tummy. I need to come up with a plan for this so I'm not waking up throughout the night craving breakfast.
This week of committment to the gym has gone well. Every day has been a struggle to get motivated to go to the gym, but I just tell myself that I'm going anyway. It is still a consious decision to go rather than a desire. Going right from work is the best choice for me and I have had to turn down a lot of things I would like to be doing or things that make more sense to do first just to go to the gym. I have also been spending more time at the gym than I thought I would when I do go. I even finished my workout yesterday and decided it just wasn't enough for me so I hopped on the elliptical for 10 minutes to finish off my day. I'm excited to see the scale tomorrow morning to see how effective my workouts have been this week weight-wise. Health-wise and attitude-wise they are already beneficial.
Attend the gym 5 days a week (this week is 4 because of the holiday I worked)
Aim to eat 1700 calories a day
Aim to burn 500 calories a day at the gym
Balance my workouts to include running, cycling, arm weights, and leg weights
Bonus: Swim, elliptical, stretching (yoga), and weekend at work movement breaks