Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I was making comments on twitter and ended up debating with a friend and even had a stranger comment about the discussion over how many calories to go for per day. So, here's my thoughts.
The set up. Wii Biggest Loser game has the short work outs 3 times a week but the nutrition side of the challenge says to lose 4 lbs in 4 weeks, I should eat 1800 per day. I couldn't change the goal to make it any different for lbs lost or change the food recommendations. But if using the system, I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't get enough exercise to lose weight with that amount of calories. The body work out is the longest, 23-24 minutes and burns only around 50 calories (according to the game). Doesn't seem like the right number to me.
Why I don't go for 1800 calories a day, every day? For 2 main reasons.
1. the exercise required to burn enough calories to lose weight
I don't think I will be able to maintain that amount of exercise this early on. Maybe once I'm set in the pattern of exercising on a regular basis. But to start big can lead to struggles with keeping up and not giving up. I don't know that I could keep going with that type of goal.
2. eating healthy foods, I can't get that high per day
I know myself. I've done this for years, and struggled the whole time. When I am eating healthy all day long and not any junk, I have a hard time getting enough calories. There are days where I struggle to get 1200 and don't feel like eating anymore. So, I have to struggle to get the balance figured out.
So, I don't want to eat 1800 kcal per day. And I think that's the right decision for me.
Course this could change in the future, but we'll wait and see.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I wasn't going to do another femme issue topic so soon but oh well. Yes, this is about female stuff.
Still waiting... it's day 52 of a 32 day cycle.
I think April was just a skip. I don't have them very often, less than one a year but they do sometimes occur. When I was 19/20 I had one month skip and the other month it was a whole hour long. So that is the most extreme the miss has been. I hadn't skipped in at least a year, that my memory can recall. I should have it, and even a little early for May. We'll wait and see.
Just to be clear. I had my period, and on time, in March. Haven't seen BF since end of February, at the end of the AF. 2 tests done with days in between have come back negative. So, just a skip.
However, I am still going to be a little cautious just in case. Because if I look back there are things that might indicate otherwise, though some are common for me.
1. back pain (have arthritis in my back, and drove 7 hours on two different days)
2. moodiness, looking back there was a week in particular that I was not very nice and snapped much easier than normal, and then a week of crying easy (though not taking antidepressants anymore so sometimes that happens anyways).
3. the last 2-2.5 months I have gained 10 lbs, despite adding exercise. And it's definitely in my stomach. Pants don't fit very well anymore, even an occasional size 20.
4. some nausea but that happens on a regular basis as there might be some other problem but I have no health insurance right now
5. related to 4. I have gotten sick, (throwing up) twice. Once each month, which is a little weird. But both were in the middle of the night type and the second was from leftovers (maybe) but really not sure why I got sick either night.
6. tired, well.. insomnia meds not working too well and such. I am often tired. Nothing new there.
That's about it. Now to just sit back and wait for May's AF to show up. I have 2 tests left, different kinds, so I might test if it doesn't come in the next 5 days or so. But for now, I wait.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Okay, I just feel I need to rant about something, and maybe by doing this my body will start acting normal again (Yeah, I'm hoping talking about it will make a change happen).
Warning: This is a post that is not only very personal, but all about female reproductive biology. If you don't want to know about that then don't read it. That simple. lol
When it comes to my menstrual cycle, I haven't been very regular. There were times a few years ago I'd even skip a month. One month back when I was 20 I skipped and then the following month I had it for one hour. Yep, an hour. Course, I never minded this because, well, it's nice to not have a period for at least a month. Good little break and not being sexually active meant there was no question as to why it might be late/skipped.
As I get older, I get closer to being ready to start a family. I started keeping track of my period because it will come in handy later, and on the occasion I have to go to the gynecologist it is nice to know when exactly my last period was. It's also nice to have a time frame as to when it might start, less chance of being caught off guard (which was never a good thing). So, I used MyMonthlyCycles.com and have been for awhile now.
Sometimes, my cycle will be regular now. I can go for months and have it be close to on time within like a 5 day radius of the estimated date. The site says the average for my cycle length is about 32 days, which is longer than some. Above 40 is considered a bit questionable and might be signs of problems.
This year, however, not so regular. Janurary I was a little early. That's fine, nothing wrong there. February, I was about 2 weeks late. Made it inconvenient for my trip but got over it. March was pretty much on time, maybe even a day early. April....
I haven't had my period yet. Was scheduled for April 27th, day 33 of my cycle. It's now May 12 and it hasn't started yet. And I don't know what to think. I keep thinking it might start any minute and yet nothing (this has gone on for over a week). I haven't seen my bf since the end of february. I'm just unsure at this point. How long do I wait till I consider it a skipped month?
That is my rambling. Okay. Next blogpost will not be so personal, maybe.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Start couch to 5k program.
Keep going to Zumba. (twice a week when I can)
Read 10 books first week of May.
Read one book a week during the rest of the month.
Finish Anatomy & Physiology 2 class with a passing grade.
Finish YA novel rewrite. (MayNo) Goal is 50k words, roughly.
Work on other novel first drafts.
- Sekrit Novel
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