Today I received my personal report, and boy oh boy, it makes for interesting if confusing reading!
My initial reaction was indignation, that one week's food intake and activity-level readings were used to make "sweeping assumptions" about my diet and exercise habits. But then I remembered that I had been in control of my life for that week, and that even though I knew my every mouthful and movement was being measured, I did almost nothing to consciously modify my behaviour. I say "almost" because I did do one thing, which will show itself in a moment...
So, what's the verdict on my diet and lifestyle?
Here is a graph which shows that I spend 47.55% of my life sitting on my skinny bottom.
I only managed to muster 2.38% of "vigorous activity" in this average week.
Despite this, I only just scraped into the "normal" category for my Body Mass Index, and have low levels of trunk body fat and visceral fat.
My food intake across the 7 day period averaged 2563 kcal per day, made up of: 38.95% fat, 12.06% protein, 47.65% carbohydrate and 1.34% alcohol (heh!). A healthy diet should contain 30-35% fat, 10-15% protein and the remainder carbohydrate. No alcohol, apparently!
I don't know where they counted the calories I get from sugar: the fruit, the chocolate, the Eat Natural bars...?
My energy balance was 3.51, which means that I took in far more energy that I used up. By rights, if this week was typical, I should be the size of a house by now!In my dietary defence, I would ask the jury to note that this week was unusual because The Girl was away in London, so FL and I ate the same meals two days running, twice, and those days included his favourites: sausages and roast lamb. Normally, we would only eat these meats once a week and either freeze the leftovers or give them to the dog.
My inactivity level was also skewed by The Girl's absence and bad weather, as I spent my evenings knitting next to FL, and had not yet begun my hour-a-day weeding regime.
This graph shows my activity data across 7 days. But wait a moment... what's that big red spike on Day One, Roo?
Hee hee hee! That would be my quick bounce on the trampoline! The pathetic 0.08% of "very vigorous" activity in my entire week boils down to those few minutes of madness! I was testing the activity monitor, Your Honour.
I also received feedback on the degree of control I exert over myself in respect of food and snacking. The Girl was right! I exhibit very high levels of Restraint and do not appear to experience much Hunger.
But I also tend to eat more after a period of
conscious restraint. I think this means I am the type of person who might be at risk of developing an eating disorder. But I knew that already.
So... what have I learned from all this?
(1) I need to step up my activity levels. There is quite a pleasing red spike at 12.30 every day when I walk up the road to buy my lunch. But I could definitely put more energy into walking the dog instead of ambling along looking for wildflowers. Or worse still, letting FL drive the car up the field with the dog in hot pursuit, and me in the passenger seat - tsk!
(2) My diet isn't too bad, but I could improve it by reducing my fat intake, if that week was typical. I actually think I have made this correction already, with the use of the slow cooker and increased numbers of vegan meals and salads in our weekly menu.
(3) I am not giving up my weekend glasses of wine for anyone, sorry! It is medicinal.