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New Job + Stress

Saturday, March 20, 2010

So last month I got a job...which is super exciting! However, it was almost immediately decided that I needed to work 12 hours a day 7 days a week. Making my work/life balance really hard to maintain. I can tell you that did not work out much (but tried), and ate out twice as much. Resulting in me feeling like I was not in control of the direction of my life. The only solution that I could see was telling my boss that I'm working reasonable hours (8). Making time for me and my life. Making me much happier and life much easier.

  
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WALKINGANNIE 3/20/2010 7:39PM

    Congratulations of making the right decision. 12 hours a day every day is way too much to leave time for the rest of your life.

Hope things improve.



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PEGGO45 3/20/2010 7:04PM

    all work and no play is NOT healthy...hope it works out for you...It's challenging just working 40 hours having 2 kids and trying to keep up with their sports ect... and fit in excercising... I find I have to "book" it...which means I decide in advance what I'm doing the next day ... specifically and at what time and do my darndest to stick to that.... about 90% of the time.... good luck emoticon

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PEGGO45 3/20/2010 7:04PM

    all work and no play is NOT healthy...hope it works out for you...It's challenging just working 40 hours having 2 kids and trying to keep up with their sports ect... and fit in excercising... I find I have to "book" it...which means I decide in advance what I'm doing the next day ... specifically and at what time and do my darndest to stick to that.... about 90% of the time.... good luck emoticon

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I made it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It's a day late but...better late than never! I made it to my goal weight of 146 by 2/22! I can remember when I first signed up for sparkpeople and thinking to myself....146 in 4 months?? (That's 16 pounds) Yeah right! Especially cause it was the holiday season! I'm so proud of myself. I learned so much and realize that my new life style is something that I love and will keep for the rest of my life.

Thank SparkPeople!

Now, I have to wonder...what now?? I'm thinking maybe another 7 pounds then I'll be very happy with myself. But more importantly I will change my workouts to focus on my trouble spots and keep my cardio up!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 2/24/2010 3:41PM

    A day late - out of a lifetime!
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Big congratulations on reaching your goal and good luck with keeping the weight off forever!

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GAIIAGIIRL 2/23/2010 11:04PM

    That's awesome!! Congratulations!

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Small Victories!

Monday, February 15, 2010

I went shopping today and I bought sizes 4 and 6 jeans... I'm am super excited! Even with the size 6 jeans that means I've halfed my jean size!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/16/2010 12:32PM

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Those are big victories! Everyone loves trophy jeans.

Well done you !

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Understanding Calories

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I wrote this as a reply on a message board but there was some sort of error sooo...I'm attempting to do this here. Thanks EMMA2727272 for pointing out that I needed to include the Harris Benedict Formula!

So to my understanding you should figure out what your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is (see link). BMR is the amount of calories you burn if your not doing anything all day. Multiply by 1.2 ( Harris Benedict Formula for doing nothing..see link)

www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
r/harris-benedict-equation/


There are 3 scenarios assuming you are sedentary:

When BMR equal calories eaten/day * 1.2 , weight gain = 0
When BMR less than calories eaten/day *1.2 = weight gain
When BMR more than calories eaten/day *1.2 = weight loss

What your trying to achieve is weight loss which means that you probably are a little more active and the Harris Benedict Factor is a little higher, meaning you burn more calories because you are more active.


To lose 1 lb/week (3500 calories). I need to cut/exercise 500 calories/day.

So my BMR is 1500 (see link for calculation) *1.375 (because I workout about 3 times a week H-B factor) , allowing me 2 062.5 calories/day .

If I eat 1862.5 calories/day and exercise for 300 calories/day I should lose make my goal and lose one pound/week!


I attached some pages that give examples and sources!

Calorie info:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/referen
ce_calorie.asp


BMR:
www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
r

www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
r/harris-benedict-equation/

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th
e_experts.asp?q=27

  
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WALKINGANNIE 2/10/2010 6:42PM

    Have you seen the useful SP reports that show calorie differentials, etc. You can cut and paste the link below.

http://www.sparkpeopl
e.com/myspark/myreport-overview
.asp

Using them over time, it's a good way of seeing how your tracked food and fitness relate to the formulae.

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BRIENNA_P 2/9/2010 1:20PM

    Hmm... interesting that gives me an extra 500 calories/day to deal with

You are right according to this site:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
/resource/calorie_calculation10
1.asp

spark does use the Harris Benedict Formula!

I didn't know that! Thanks

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EMMA2727272 2/9/2010 1:13PM

    don't forget that you need to times this number according to your activity level:

http://www.bmi-calcul
ator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-
benedict-equation/

Harris Benedict Formula
To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows:


If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2
If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375
If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55
If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725
If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9



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Eating like your pregnant

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Have you ever thought about the phase "eating like your pregnant"?? For me it is: I can eat whatever I want whenever I want it! Sweet right? Maybe if you are pregnant, which I have never been, so why oh why did I eat like I was pregnant for years?? I didn't know better.

I do now! No more pregnant eating!





  
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BRIENNA_P 2/6/2010 6:03PM

    lol :)

My friend is about 6 month's along and I swear to you, it really got me thinking about how my everyday eating was like her prego eating. Well maybe not as bad but the attitude was the same...I can eat whatever I want whenever I want it!

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I can't tell you how much the HALT method...or asking myself...why are you eating made such a difference





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PUNKINEATER 2/6/2010 5:47PM

    One time when getting ice cream I asked for extra peanut butter and then told them I was craving since I was pregnant and to make sure they put ALOT of peanut butter on.

Confession: I was not pregnant and have never been pregnant.

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