Four weeks DONE! It's going pretty well, actually! I still spend too much time on it, but as long as I stick to paying attention to actual calorie counts on FitDay, the scale seems to move - very, very gradually.
Four week progress:
Weight change: -4.8 pounds
Bust: -1.5 inches
Waist: -1.5 inches
Hips: -1.0 inches
Thighs: -0.5 inches
Calories eaten per day, average: about 2000
Calories burned in exercise per day, average: about 370
Approximate distribution of calories: protein 19%, carbohydrate 40%, fat 41% (17% saturated fats)
Optimally I would cut that fat percentage down to less than 35% of calories, but it does seem to keep me from feeling too hungry. And I need to watch my energy levels and re-fuel well during exercise so that I can get in all my workouts.
I've officially transitioned from "obese" status to merely "overweight" status, based on my Body Mass Index, currently 29.3. (Yes, I'm aware of all the problems with interpreting BMI, and I am somewhat more muscular and heavier-boned than the average woman my height, but let's just keep it simple here). It will take me about 28 more pounds to graduate to "normal" status (BMI less than 25.0), but based on body fat percentage charts and my measurements, I'm in the "acceptable" range of body fat for women (huh? acceptable to whom?), but I'd definitely prefer to be down at the "fitness" or "athlete" level!!
Yes, I've still got a long ways to go! For non-smoking "older women", there is still an overall increased mortality risk at BMI levels above 25.0 (and for women under 55 years old, above about 21.0). But it's nice to be going in the right direction instead of the wrong direction!
It's a work in progress, a journey and not a destination, yadda yadda yadda.