My highest was 14K and that was on day one of vacation where we did a ton of walking. And I was dying at the end. The rest of the days were just over 10K. At home, my highest is 9K and my personal goal is 7-8K though I haven't been doing that lately due to being sick and after that having an injury going on. Hopefully I can get back to it soon. And yeah I'm not walking outside right now either!
I'm not throwing off your theory.....I'm in such a different place that it's just not comparable at all. I get more calories in a day so it's easier to stick with. I find walking is actual exercise and gets the heart rate up....eventually I might have to get back to the elliptical once I get more in shape. My goals are totally different....not being happy with a size 10 is so hard to imagine when I would be thrilled to be an 18/20 and really would be pretty darn happy at a 22.
I'm not really tracking calories right now but I'm definitely eating less, and working to keep the snacking down unless truly hungry. My husband has definitely noticed I'm eating less....and I'm less hungry, especially at the full dose of metformin. I used to be hungry all the time, even 30 minutes after a big meal when my brain knew I had no business being hungry but my body was telling me yes you are. I had hunger back 3 weeks after the gastric bypass and the surgeon was like, you can't be hungry as that doesn't come back for almost a year. And my carb cravings were ridiculous. I could have had pasta every meal, every day. In college I used to like to make instant potatoes in the microwave and have a big bowl of that with some canned corn for a meal.So while I wasn't a diabetic yet, I do think something was off and likely was strongly insulin resistant. I still get hungry but it's not constant. I still like carbs but no longer want pasta every meal every day. So it's been easier to keep my meals to more reasonable portions. Plus the metformin has helped with something else that was the reason I started taking it. So I kind of love it. Except that I found that drinking while taking it gave me all sorts of awful gastrointestinal issues. So that make giving up drinking fairly easy. And I set up success by just not keeping it in the house. I have had one normal sized glass of wine in the past 5-6 weeks at a dinner party. The other big thing I have done that has really helped I think is I gave up pop. I was a big fan of diet pop and used to have 1-3 a day (more on weekends). Gave that up 5-6 weeks ago and the weight loss has picked up. I had given up diet pop when I had surgery and when I started it back 18 months later was when I stopped losing and started gaining back again. So now I pretty much drink my coffee/milk in the morning and it's water the rest of the day. Which I like drinking so much more out of the lifefactory glass bottles I bought.....I can put ice it or fruit if I wanted flavor and it tastes so much better than plastic or metal bottles. and I'm drinking the amounts of water again that I should be.
As of this morning I've lost 28 lbs. And almost to the number where I feel comfortable calling the infertility clinic and getting that ball rolling again. I was last there 7 years so I was like 29 and I'm 36.5 now. Didn't try really anything and was unexplained so we went into adoption. But this year I'm coming up on four years waiting so I'm thinking about seeing if we can get pg.