Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Not Quite As Fat Tuesday

Happy Mardi Gras friends. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day of ordinary time before the Lenten season. It is also the last day of carnival, or literally "farewell to meat". I feel as if I have started my lent a bit early, but in honor of the day I did have a piece of chicken andouille sausage with my breakfast. It was quite delicious and at 100 calories a pretty sensible indulgence.

Peaks, Valleys, And The Stops Between.

As I have mentioned before I am weighing myself pretty much every day to give myself accurate calorie goals and the past couple of days have been a bit frustrating. I haven't lost anything since Saturday, but I haven't gained anything either. According to my scale my body fat percentage has gone down a bit, so I might be gaining muscle mass, but I can't be sure of that. What I do know is that I have been eating at most 2500 calories a day, and most days less than 2000. I don't think at my size it is possible to gain weight eating that much. Part of the issue I think is that the nature of my day job requires shifts in my schedule and after starting early in the morning last week, I have very late shifts this week. Eating all of my meals at different times has to have an effect on my metabolism. Also I was probably due for a plateau. It is hard not to be disappointed, but I know I am going about this the right way and I just need to let things happen as they will. I'm still gonna hit the gym before work today though.

Have a very happy Mardi Gras everybody. Don't roll the good times too hard.


  1. Disappointment is a function of expectation. Hard not to expect weight to drop. But, your original goals are still on track. Ingest what you need and enjoy and burn more than you eat. You're doing all of that.

    Happy Mardi Gras.


  2. It won't be a straight downward line, some plateaus and even occasional blips upward are to be expected. When you get discouraged by the short term movement look at the long term picture. Having a graph to look at can really help you see your overall progress.