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A Little Sunshine to Your Day...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

This morning I got up early to make a full breakfast for my husband and myself. It's been over a week since we had a full breakfast so I knew it was time for one this week. Finished eating and we decided that we would splurge a little and go to Starbucks for one of my favorite drinks during winter: Green Tea Latte (sugar-free). Finally we found the closest store near my husband's work where I was to drop him off afterward and got our latte's. We only have this every month or so, hence this is a real treat! Drove through the windy, freshly snow covered streets (after a detour on the road due to construction) and got home. Found out my coffee had taken in a little too much of the winter wonderland and had gotten cold. I chose to heat up the cup in the microwave and after just one minute it had exploded! My gorgeously delicious green tea latter had been splattered all over the microwave and no longer drinkable. It was just the topper to my morning detours and snow laden roads. I drink about 1/4 of what was left in the cup and had to clean up the microwave. Filled a mug with vanilla tea and decided to start work - I work from a home office.

So after all that stress I decided to make things a little lighter and find some funny jokes about runners and dieting. Just in case you have had a morning like me, here are the jokes to bring a little sunshine to your day.

(Don't get on it, it makes you cry...)

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MISSOURI_RAIN 1/29/2010 12:36PM

    Thank you for sharing, I think I need to print off one or two of these lol

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BLUBSY 1/29/2010 10:02AM

    hahahahah I love the one about exercising for an hour or dying!

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JAREJIL 1/29/2010 9:22AM

    Thanks for sharing, these were great!!

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DOITALLMOM 1/28/2010 1:09PM

    So nice to see we all have days like this! Love your creativity and up beat way of dealing w life...

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CRZYCATLADY 1/28/2010 12:29PM

    Sounds like many of my days. But I would have wallowed. Good for you pulling yourself out of the funk and trying to make the day better! Love the cartoons!

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NEWME0519 1/28/2010 11:14AM

    I loved the skinny lady on the diet with no friends!

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GRANDMAAMIE 1/28/2010 11:02AM

    so funny thanks emoticon

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SUGIRL06 1/28/2010 10:41AM

    Ha! Thanks, I needed this today!

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JUDY4FITNESS 1/28/2010 10:03AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this morning event...I enjoyed reading it...loved the comics and the background is fabulous!

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Beating my personal "demons"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Australia Day to all those Dinkum Aussies out there! (or wannabees...)

Usually I have some new light bulb thought to share with everyone however the wind has picked up and is freezing.. so I'm fresh out of things... I am proud of my current goal accomplishments this week though. After the holidays I decided that it was time to get started (after I got rid of my cold and sinus infection) on running more miles for fun and exercise. I have become a runner (so my husband states) and love running for fun. Yes, running for fun! (You read it correctly) Before Thanksgiving I gave myself three weeks to start running the first time in my life and then run a Thanksgiving 5K! I think I did pretty good with running a race for the first time, stopping only once for a wardrobe malfunction, once for a side ache, and then reaching the finish line in around 31 minutes or less.

So, lately I have the "I don't want to get in the cold" blues... I have been trying to work myself up and read anything that will motivate me to keep going through the winter. I seem to be getting back into exercise and seeing the weight scale appreciate my hard work more and more - I think I am doing it. Yesterday I did hit a roadblock for about 10 seconds. My husband and I train together either inside or outside. So, yesterday as I made him go to the gym even though he was tired after working hard the whole day - he just couldn't run anymore than 3 miles. This is very rare but it does happen every once and a while... my usual response is that I do not want to keep running without my partner. But, last night I kindly asked him to sit around waiting for me to finish my last 12 minutes of exercise to finish up my four miles. I did it! I decided to stick with my exercise plan and run the entire four miles that I had gone to the gym to complete. Yay!

Finally I am getting over bad habits of quitting when others around me just can't go anymore. In addition I am seeing a change in my body due to the hard work I have been putting in lately. I know that I will hit a plateau sometime but for now I am joy riding!!

8 miles this week so far, two pounds down and 4 more miles tonight! emoticon

Thank you emoticon

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BITOEVRYTHING 1/26/2010 1:56PM

  Good! I hope to be a runner someday lol

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KARVY09 1/26/2010 1:18PM

    Fantastic work on your miles and pounds!

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SUGIRL06 1/26/2010 12:49PM

    4 miles! Awesome! Keep it up:)

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How to figure out your daily calorie needs

Monday, January 25, 2010

On Saturday I will be a member of S.P. for one year. It is exciting to think that I have been here for one full year and am still finding new things daily. It's very thrilling to stick to the plan and making things happen.

I have to admit the first year was a learning process. No, I do not need to lose hundreds of pounds however would like to lose about thirty. That may sound like a little amount or a lot of weight depending on where you are in your weight loss journey. For me, it has taken a full year to figure things out and see what I should be doing with my body to lose weight.

My first 6 months I was eating around 2000 calories a day. I read information from the gov't suggesting that it is healthy to eat this amount of calories if you are female and 2500 if you are male. Little did I know that this is completely wrong - it may be correct for healthy tall people but not for someone that is short and needs to lose weight. I think that the gov't is trying so hard to get people to understand weight issues in America but then is failing to educate all masses of people. After all, we are not all built the same hence we all should not take in the same foods and calories.

The second 6 months I spend working my butt off - only not the pounds in my body. I was working out about 2-3 hours a day with intensive exercise and not seeing any results. This lead to a few months of working out and not paying attention to what was going into my body. I'm a healthy eater however I was taking in too many calories for the size of my body frame.

So, finally, with some help (okay, a lot of help) from sparkies, I have learned some really great information and have found out some interesting things about weight loss. Thanks to the education from sparkies, my own personal research, and dedication to lose weight I am now losing some weight and not going crazy while stressing about every little thing I do. Life should be fun and so should losing weight otherwise you will never fully complete your task at hand.

My little tricks:
1. First of all, make sure that you know how tall you are. I always thought I was around 5 foot tall so I was planning according to that height group. Buy yourself a tape measure from a store (most fabric stores will have them for a few bucks!). Measure yourself to start it all off...

2. Learn your BMI. Go here to check out yours for free! This will tell you the level you are at currently. Basically tells you if you are obese or at an okay weight.

3. If you need to lose or gain weight you should check out your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
Basically this tells you what you will lose if you do absolutely nothing - like stay in bed and not move all day long.

4. Next take your BMR to figure out your daily calorie intake. Daily calories are not the same for each person; I found this out after I had been eating way too many calories per day. Check out the Harris Benedict Equation= gives you the calorie intake that you need to stay at the same weight.
This is the calories to eat daily if you want to stay the same - not lose or gain.

5. Finally the step that you all have been waiting for - how many calories should you be in-taking daily! This is a step that many people forget to do after finding out their Calories per day found in step 4. If you need to lose weight you need to decrease your daily calories (found in step 4) by 500 calories. For instance, I found out that my daily calorie maintenance count was 1600 so I decrease my in take by 500 calories so that I could lose one pound per week.

I'm not sure if this is written somewhere else on SparkPeople - I am sure it is however I never found it. Finally after one year of being a sparkie and trying to lose weight (before I was losing at most one pound per month!), on average if I exercise and keep to my calorie count I am losing one pound per week! It truly amazes me and I am thankful to finally figure it all out. Finally I am losing weight weekly and feeling better about what I am doing with my body and life. Hopefully this helps everyone out in figuring how many calories they need to eat in a day to lose weight.

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QUEENCAT25 1/30/2010 4:05PM

    Thank you! This is definitely useful.

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ANNEKATHLEEN 1/30/2010 3:11PM

    Hmm....this is rather interesting. According to this calculation, to lose one pound a week, I can eat 1900 calories which seams high! Thanks for putting this together, I'm going to think on it for a while!

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    Thanks for the information!

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KAY-SUPREME 1/30/2010 2:21PM

    Thanks for the information. Hopefully it'll get me started again!

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MISSOURI_RAIN 1/29/2010 12:37PM

    great information

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RVNBEAR 1/25/2010 9:47PM

    Congratulations on your 1 year(in case I miss it). Thanks for sharing the information too.

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MISSLOIS 1/25/2010 4:34PM

    Thank You for the great information. Now I see why my acupuncturist keeps saying I don't eat enough. I need to eat no less than 1300 to maintain my weight if I do nothing.

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Thanks for the Help Everyone!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thanks everyone for the help, I appreciate your input. I'm glad that I am not the only person seeing a difference between treadmill counts and S.P. counts. I learn so much through all of you - thanks so much! emoticon emoticon

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LAURAKOHORST 1/25/2010 11:25AM

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that's why we're here. take care of yourself.

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S.P. Calorie Count Issue

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yesterday I was so excited! I ran 4 miles straight! I was going a bit slower than my normal pace but I was still running rather well considering I am only 4'11" (not that long legged). It took longer than normal but I was still thrilled for my accomplishments with the exercise done. The treadmill said that I burnt just over 400 calories! Yay! Then I got here on S.P. and the calorie counter is telling me that I walked (seriously I can't walk that fast - 13 min/mile) and that I burnt off only 242 calories. That is a big difference. So I am confused because I have been told before that one mile ran = to be around 100 calories. I was sweating like crazy and also working out for around 51 minutes! I'm not sure what to think now... seems like a waste to run almost an hour and burn off only 242 calories... emoticon

Is anyone else having a problem with the calorie counter for S.P? emoticon

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REINVENTLAURA 1/28/2010 11:01AM

    OK I know this is a little late, but after reading your blog and the comments I felt like I have some stuff to say!!

I use a heart rate monitor to calculate my calories burned. Spark way UNDER estimates my calories burned, but I have heard that for some people Spark actually over estimates.

When I use gym equipment that also tracks your heart rate, I also seem to get a different count than my actual HRM, even if they are both showing the same heart rates.

As for how much you burn per mile....I have found that it REALLY depends on you specifically. I weigh 111 pounds and am 4'8. So according to what people say, I should be burning less than 100 cals a mile right? But its not the case for me. If I walk...reallllllllllly slowly, then yes it will probably be less than 100 cals a mile. But when I've done walk/run intervals, I burn usually MORE than 100 cals a mile. It all has to do with your heart rate. My cardiovascular fitness is...horrible, so my heart has to work a lot harder, which means burning more calories.

If you don't have a heart rate monitor, I would highly suggest them!! I LOVE mine!

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    I went jogging once and used the S.P. calculator to figure out the number of calories I burned, and it seemed pretty low to me too. If you trust the number on your treadmill, I'd just use that and enter it manually. That's what I do when I use my exercise bike.

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PAPRINIKA 1/23/2010 9:19PM

    Try to manually enter the calories you burn! :)

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    I have noticed the same thing, but the heart rate monitor gives the higher number. I think
SP probably calculates only calories burned during the workout, and the treadmills/ hr monitors count the total additional calories that you will burn including the next hours of increased heart rate due to the exercise. Does that make sense? Oh well, just change your cardio number to a faster pace, or manually enter the calories. Bigger number is better, you can always average a little over 100 calories a mile.

Comment edited on: 1/23/2010 8:57:52 PM

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LAURAKOHORST 1/23/2010 7:24PM

    emoticon still pretty awesome that you are doing the running at all. Congratulations and keep up the great work.!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/23/2010 6:37PM

    I am taller than the 'average'.. I'm 5'8".. and my calorie burn is a off a bit from what SP calculates, based on my bodybugg... But, I use the counter that SP has .. and don't sweat it. Just look at how your weightloss is going. If you are losing, then don't worry.. if not.. then you might need to adjust a bit.. or.. just plug in running at a 12 mins.. it's not quite true.. but it would give you a better burn rate! Remember, the treadmills don't always use your weight for burn rate!

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GSDMIKE 1/23/2010 5:15PM

    At 135 pounds, you are probably closer to 90 cals/mile. The 100 is usually for a 150 lb person. My guess is that the problem is choosing a walking entry instead of a running one. I wish they had running categories for over 12 min miles.

If you are really concerned about the calorie number being closer, you can always add your own activity and calculate a calorie estimate or put in the numbers from the treadmill. I used to use my own run/walk category that I would put in the minutes and calories as reported by my garmin.

Congrats on a great run.

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SUGIRL06 1/23/2010 2:43PM

    Yeah I can't stand the SP tracker for calories burned while jogging. Maybe you should use the jog/walk option in the tracker? I don't trust the treadmills either though! Maybe average the two and enter it manually?

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    That sounds way off! I use the fitness maps on SP so it logs the distance and I put in my time and it is always close to 100 cals/mile . I get 12.75 minutes/mile for your 4 mile run in 51 min. That's 12:45 which the SP might round to 13 minutes. Did you put it in as running when you put your time/distance in?
Maybe b/c you're smaller and your weight is lower?you're not burning as many calories. (I don't know what your weight is.)It should count as running and even walking 13 min/mile would burn alot of cals.

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