Let me take a few minutes to answer some of the questions I’ve been asked since starting the Century.
What plan or program are you using? No gimmicks, no endorsements, no product line – just “eat fewer calories, and use more of them.”
What’s your pace? I started on August 11 with a 500-calorie daily deficit. That amounts to one pound of fat each week. I found that it was pretty easy to keep within that limit – too easy, actually. (This is just temporary. Because a 300ish pound body will use 2700 calories each day even if I never get it out of bed, a 500-calorie deficit still left me with a 2200 calories, which is quite a few!)
So this week I upped the ante. I’m currently shooting for a 1000-calorie deficit each day, which amounts to two pounds of fat per week. It’s definitely more of a challenge to keep to this number! But so far, so good. And if I go over a little, I’m not worried. After all, I’d need to overshoot my goal by 1000 calories before it would amount to even a tiny amount of weight gain.
I’m enough of a realist not to expect that I’m going to drop a steady two pounds each week. It’ll get harder as I go along, since my base calorie rate will go down and the deficit will grow relative to what my body needs. And I know I’ll run into the wall that everyone seems to hit at some point. That’s fine. I’ll just keep on hitting my target number, and the weight will come off however fast it comes off.
Are you exercising or counting calories? Both. The app I use to record my progress tracks both calories consumed and calories expended. That helps, because it gives me flexibility. On days when I can’t (or choose not to) exercise, as long as I stay at or below my calorie goal number, I’m okay. On days when I can move my body more, then that amount gets added onto my goal number – bonus calories to eat without guilt! Having options is a big deal.
Are you losing with anyone? Not officially. But a few of my crew back home have expressed degrees of interest/inspiration since I started the Century. And I’ve got several church folks who are following their own weight loss programs who are excited for me and go out of their way to be encouraging.
What’s with the title? Isn’t a “century” a unit of time? It is. (But I hope it won’t take me 100 years to do this!) But the word “century” is also sometimes used to describe 100 of something besides years. In cricket, if a batsman scores 100 runs in an inning, he’s reached his century. In ancient Rome, a century was a unit of 100 soldiers – headed, of course, by a centurion. And in cycling, a major accomplishment is completing a century – a ride of 100 miles. That’s the phrase that stuck in my mind as I thought about a shorthand way to talk about my weight loss experience: “completing a century.”
That’s it for now. Thanks to everyone who’s pulling for me!