Sunday, February 06, 2011
I guess I never paid much attention. When I input 30 minutes on the elliptical into my fitness tracker, it says I burned 518 calories. According to the readout on the actual machine, it says 360. Which do you use? I would think it's the one on the machine. That's a big difference as far as calories in calories out goes... What do you all use?
I checked out a few other online calculators, as suggeted by MADTHENURSE, and I had to put in my weight. They all said I burned between 475 and 600 calories. I think I may just go with SP!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
So I went to the gym for my free meeting with the trainer. I had high hopes for this meeting. He'd be able to tell me what exercises to do, to rid me of the bat wings and what I can do tone my whole body and up my cardio. Well, it didn't exactly happen that way. Of course we filled out paperwork, and he asked me a ton of questions. He was impressed with my weight loss and knowledge of nutrition (insert plug for SP here). He made me get on the scale, which is hard enough to do , let alone on a different scale at the end of the day, UGH! After all the talk, I was waiting for him to take me out to the gym and give me the magic combination of cardio and ST to really jump start things, and get me moving into the next phase of my journey... so WRONG! He says "I charge $75 for 5 sessions, where I will tell you exactly what ST and cardio you need to do, to really drop the weight and get healthy at the same time." I was totally heart broken. I really was about to cry. I thought this was my salvation, my saving grace. Someone was finally going to tell me what to do and how to do it. NOPE! I love SP and I would NOT have been able to do this without them. I love the website and all the info on it. The recipes, and tracker, goal setting and the workout videos. But having someone teach me face to face how to do this would have been so great! As disappointed as I was with the meeting, he did say a few things that I hope will help. He told me I wasn't eating enough calories. I'm staying in the SP range, but on the lower end. He told me I should never eat fewer than 1500 if I'm working out 5 days a week. My workouts should consist of 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of ST, and a lower carb / higher protein diet will help me lose fat and build lean muscle. So even though I didn't get a step by step instruction guide on what type of ST to do, I did get some good info out of him. Bonus... I didn't have to pay $75!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
but I did. When Snap Fitness calls and says, "You've been chosen to get a 2 week free pass to come in and try us out," well, I can't say no to free can I? I was talking with my husband 2 weeks ago and told him I wanted to join Curves or Contours Express, somewhere that I can strength train, because I HATE doing it and other than this bootcamp challenge, I've not done it at all on a regular basis. So I went to check it out. They have really clean and very nice equipment. There are several treadmills and cross trainers. Some of which are connected to TV's. They have stationary bikes and free weights, and the reason I'm there, ST equipment, and TONS of it. So I began listening to the schpeel they give about the pros of signing up now verses after the 2 weeks (50% off if I sign up now) and he started asking questions about why I was there and what I wanted to accomplish. He was reviewing my paperwork which had my weight loss goals on them and blah, blah, blah... He was impressed that I had lost 70lbs by myself with just diet and exercise (this is where I put in a HUGE plug for Sparkpeople). Because of my commitment to health, he asked if I would consider being used as part of their editorials. They would love to show how THEY helped me during this journey... and I'd get a few free months out of it. Well, again, who am I to turn down free stuff? So after touring the gym and trying out several pieces of equipment, I decided to take the plunge and sign the contract. I now have 24 hr access to the gym which is only about 4 blocks away from my house, a HUGE bonus! I went this morning and there weren't too many people (thank God) and they were so engrossed in their Ipods or TV's, they didn't even notice me walk in. So I did the cross trainer and then moved on to the ST equipment. It was great! I really enjoyed feeling those muscles work, and they're actually a little tired now. I'm really glad I decided to do this, I think it's going to help with the bat wings and sagging thighs. At least that's what I hopping for. I meet with the trainer (free) on Tuesday to get a plan set up and on Friday I meet with him again (again, free) to have a fitness test done. A little nervous about that, not sure what it consists of. I really don't want my lungs exploding during tmy first week. I'm very excited about of all it, and I'm looking forward to the next phase of my journey.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I've been on Spark for 7 months now. You would think that when they tell me to do something, I'd would listen. Which I have been, right along, for the last seven months. I give them ALL the credit for helping me lose weight EVERY single week (except New Years, which I totally messed up on my own), for the last 7 months. I joined the 28 day bootcamp challenge on New Years day and the first week went really well. I exercised every day (instead of the 3-4 that I was doing) and I stayed in their recommended calorie range all week and I lost 3 lbs. I don't know what made me think I knew better than Spark, but I decided this week, I'd work out the same, but eat a little less, and get an even bigger number on the scale... WRONG!!! I gained back all the weight I lost the week before. Now how could I possible know what the reason is? The ONLY thing that changed, was ME, lowering my calorie intake. This week, I'm following Sparks recommendation (as I always have, and should have continued doing) and see what happens. If it works, I'm good to go, if not, back to the drawing board. I was really upset when I got off the scale at my TOPS meeting. But it was even harder because I felt that I let everyone down. My husband, my parents, the people at my TOPS meeting. That hurt worse than gaining 3 lbs which I know I'll get back off. I've put so much more pressure on myself than ANYONE else EVER put on me. I'm human and I've been very fortunate so far with the way things have worked out. I've lost 70 lbs in 7 months, with this site, and I think I need to remember that next time I decide to mess with Spark!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Like a lot of you, the Holidays we're pretty hard as far as food and exercise go. As a matter of fact, I've been bored to tears with my exercise routine all of November and December. In fact, I hardly exercised at all. Maybe 6-8 times in those 2 months combined. I did do pretty well with the food though. I was able to turn down all the cookies, pies and other delightful confections, but just didn't eat right from being so busy. I ended up gaining a few pounds come new years day. I've been reading everyones "New Year's" blogs and wondering where my journey's going. I have no doubt that I'm still going, I was just thinking about how I was going to begin the year. Like everyone else, I got an SP email about the 28 day challenge. Woo hoo, what a great way to start the new year! A little excitement in my exercise routine and keep plugging along with the food, and we'll be good to go! I liked the SP videos and the challenge to work out every day. I really enjoyed the first week, but wasn't sure if I could continue working out every day. I know it doesn't seem like much, but after working all day and having 2 young kids to do homework with and fix dinner, I wasn't sure this was going to make the cut. Over the weekend I saw a few old friends (from a previous job) that I haven't seen in almost a year. They "ooh'd and ahh'd" at my new found lifestyle and of course I told them all about spark people and how I was able to do this. I was telling them about the 28 day bootcamp challenge, and was met with the response of, "Oh, I don't have that kind of time to work out every day." To which I replied, "it's only about 10-20 minutes, you can't find 20 minutes a day?" **DING** the light went on... of course I have 20 minutes.. for me... to make myself happy... and healthy... I guess sometimes, you just have to say it out loud to make it real. I've worked out every day since I began bootcamp on New Years day. I guess a little "challenge" was all I needed to get back on track and remain excited about my new life.
SPARK PEOPLE ROCKS!!!
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