My first week following the NEAT plan was not so easy than I expected (silly me!).
I was very excited and motivated the first two days and dutifully walked all 3 x 20 minutes on both days, but on Wednesday my mood plummeted.
The biggest reason for that was probably the fact that I was working at home and I had no easy way to be on my feet 3 times a day. The change to my daily routine was too drastic. (It was very easy to reach the daily goal when I went in my office to work on Friday)
When I summed my weekly points I was surprised when I realized I still earned 86% of my weekly points (39 out of 45). That means I’m still probably able to reward myself after two weeks of NEAT! Thanks to the NEAT system, as long as I get 75% of the points, I’m allowed to give myself a reward. No need to be perfect.
What went well
However, there was something that was very easy. I started to track my food intake with a Finnish service I have used before. I have eaten ~1500-1600 kcal/day for a week and I have had no trouble with the diet at all. On the contrary, I was relieved I could place some kind of boundaries to my eating. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I need some kind of structure to support me.
My stomach is already flatter and my jeans are looser at the waist! 🙂
My Steps For Week #4
I’m back to my old habit of tracking my daily steps. Last weeks’ average was 8664 steps/day. I think I would’ve reached the average of 9000 steps without the dip in the middle of the week.
Additional Facts and Figures
Because I’m not measuring my weight, I decided to measure my body circumference instead. I have been reading Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body, so I decided to adopt his suggestion and track my total inches (TI). TI is the number you get when you add together all your measurements (waist, hip, thighs, arms).
I made my own adjustments to the TI figure. I take measurements of my thighs, hips, waist, the highest point of my breasts plus just below my breasts. (I tried to measure my arms too, but it was just too difficult.) Because I measure my circumference in centimeters, I call my measure TC instead of TI.
TC=507 cm (~199.6 inches)
Next time I’m going to take my measurements on Monday the 14th which happens to be Valentine’s Day!
Here’s an interesting detail. My waist is 96 cm and my hips 99 cm so there’s practically no difference between the two. I’m waisteless, and THAT’S a bad sign!
This week we are ramping up our efforts. Now I have to have two 20 minute walks and one 30 minute walk every day.