In health/fitness news: this April I'm going to push myself into doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30 for the month. I've done it 5 times already in conjunction with my other workouts (BodyPump, BodyAttack, incline walks). Doing it every day for a month will be a challenge but I want to see what I can do and how my body can change.
Over the last year I've actually gained weight on a 1500 calorie diet. It doesn't make sense. I've now looked into it and believe I've lowered my metabolism (my Basal Metabolic Rate) so low from 2 years of dieting, that when I have one day of high calories/a week here and there of normal eating (usually my Friday nights of nibbles and drinks with the guys at work and over Christmas and New Years and the summer holiday in Totaranui) my body has held onto these extra calories as fat for when I go back into the 1500 calorie diet. Subsequently, I've gained 5kg since this time last year, when I was in the best shape of my life.
So, in order to get my metabolism ticking again, I've been eating at my TDEE (AMR) of around 2000-2200 calories per day. And maintaining. And having so much more energy and alertness. I've been doing this for about 4 weeks now while exercising and haven't lost at all, but I haven't gained either. I guess this amplifies the fact that losing weight is a very fine line between under eating, over exercising and over eating. I'm re-evaluating the way I think about food.
this first week of April I'm eating at my BMR or slightly higher depending on my activity levels. next week I will take it up 200 calories and do similar, then back down - yo-yoing my calories to keep my body guessing. This should technically bring my metabolism back up.