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!
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! www.bmi-calculator.net/ 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). www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
r/ 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. www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
r/harris-benedict-equation/ 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. www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
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.
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!
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...
Is anyone else having a problem with the calorie counter for S.P?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Let me start off with that I am not a medication person. I am a strong believer in not taking medication that just covers up the problem and doesn't solve it. I am a Christian, not a Scientologist however so please do not confuse that part... The only medications I take are at extreme times so I knew that I wasn't feeling good when I asked my husband to get me some sinus infection medication. Normally I will eat healthy and drink lots of herbal tea to get rid of the infection, which occasionally spurs up at the least likely moment, so it was a surprise to be needed this week. The only other medication I will take is advil for migraines (not minor headaches though). Thankfully I rarely get migraines even though it runs in the family.
Unfortunately 2010 has not started off on the right foot with a serious cold from Santa and now a sinus infection. Thankfully I am feeling better today. I did learn a lesson though. Since I am not a medication person I have learned that you should really read the package information and take it seriously. I took a full dosage (which I have only done a few times in my life) and slept a lot yesterday during the day. I had a goal of getting my lazy booty to the gym for one hour. I set this goal the night before along with my husband. When my husband got home, I was sitting in front of the television (which again I normally do not do) in my exercise clothes. It must have confused my husband... I was ready to go on the outside, just not on the inside.
So, to make this story short and less of a babble session. We went to the gym and I tried to run - yeah, didn't last more than a few steps. I was completely lethargic - never knew medication could do this to a person. I actually worry about people that take cold medication and then go to work - should they be driving alone? Anyways, I learned that when you take medication, maybe it is best to stay at home and just do some nice relaxing yoga instead of trying out the evil treadmill. My conclusion: Treadmill + Sinus infection medication = Disaster
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