Saturday, January 05, 2013
Thank you to those who offered tips and support yesterday! I ended up having a very successful day. I stuck to what I had planned on eating, which were healthier choices, and drank plenty of water. I am feeling very proud of myself and I am ready to have another good day. After a few days of making myself eat better, I'm hoping that I will get back into the swing of doing it naturally as I was before Christmas.
On another note, I am going skiing for the first time in my life today and I'm really excited (and a little bit terrified)! We're going to a small mountain nearby so I can learn because my parents got my boyfriend and I gift cards to a bigger mountain for Christmas. So I'm in for an active day!
Friday, January 04, 2013
I have been having the worst time getting a grip on my eating this week. I got a taste of eating the way I used to over Christmas and I didn't gain any weight, so now I am struggling with the mentality of "I can do this while eating whatever I want". I've been working out extra hard too which is also letting me think that I can get away with eating more. And by the end of the day, I feel gross and regret my choices.
Each morning this week, I have woken up and told myself that I am going to do better today, that I will track my calories and stay within my range. I do well in the morning. I eat a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water and tea. I do well through lunch too, but I start to lose it after that. I find myself constantly hungry and I just want to eat whatever I can get my hands on. And then I over eat at dinner. All while making excuses for myself- it's ok, I exercised today, or, I'll do better tomorrow....
So today I am determined to do better. I have enlisted the help of my brother. I have told him exactly what I am going to allow myself to eat and I have put those things into my calorie tracker. I told him to not let me eat anything else today. I need to be really strict on myself today. I need to prove to myself that I can do this, I can get back into eating healthy again.
Monday, December 31, 2012
I received a Fitbit Zip for Christmas. Now, almost after a week of using it, I have learned quite a bit about myself.
It is really really hard for me to reach 10,000 steps in one day!!! Yesterday, I actually got up to 11,846 and that is because I was at the mall all day. But on a regular day at home, I really had to work hard to get up to 10,000- just making extra trips to do things that could have been done in one shot or aimlessly walking around to bring the steps up. I've only done that once so far. A few other days I've gotten into the 8,000's and one day I was feeling a bit run down and I only got into the 2,000's. Again, it took a bit of making an effort to even get to 8,000 steps. I am very interested to see how I do on a work day, I'm sure it will be easier to get to the 10,000 steps.
On a positive note, I have found that it really motivates me to get moving! I want to get as close to 10,000 as possible, if not actually reach it. So when I find myself sitting around for a long period of time, I will start to think about the number of steps that I still need to take and I'll get up and move around a bit.
Here is something that confuses me about it though. My boyfriend also got a Fitbit. Yesterday he walked about half the number of steps I did and yet it said that he burned about 100 calories less than I did. So I'm confused as to how the Fitbit tracks calories because that really doesn't make sense to me. Especially since I actually worked out yesterday. We weigh about the same, but maybe men burn calories faster? It was a little bit frustrating to see that I moved so much more than he did and yet we burned almost the same amount of calories. I guess I need to do a little bit more research on this.
I am also confused as to how the Fitbit tracks exercise calories burned here on SparkPeople. I haven't done any exercise today, and yet 77 burned calories show up in my fitness tracker. I mean, I really have not moved much at all yet today. The other day, I logged on to find that my Fitbit put in 54 minutes of exercise into my tracker when I had yet to do a real workout again. So I have been removing these exercise minutes and manually putting them in as I do work out.
In the end though, I am really enjoying having my Fitbit. It's a really great way to keep me motivated to keep moving, even on a day when I'm at home and don't really have anything to do.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I almost can't believe this, but I actually maintained my weight over the past week! I didn't gain anything!!!!! But I didn't really just maintain, I actually lost 0.7 pounds- almost a whole pound. I really am in shock because I was feeling so bloated and heavy the last few days, I thought for sure that I had to have put on some weight.
0.7 pounds may not seem like much, but that is the biggest confidence boost I think I could have ever gotten. I can enjoy the holidays and even overindulge a bit, but as long as I make up for it with extra exercise, I don't have to worry. I don't have to beat myself up over not sticking with my diet plan.
I feel so amazing about this and I just wanted to share it with all of you!
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