Saturday, July 18, 2009
*You've gone over your weekly calories burned goal by a significant amount. Your calories eaten goal will not adjust automatically. If you have increased the amount of exercise you are doing, you should update your fitness settings here to make sure you are consuming enough calories to support the additional activity."
Eeergh. I'm feeling good about my spike in energy and fitness routine, and then that nasty little red message on my fitness page resurfaces. Is it really that bad to go over the calories burned goal? Does it really mean that my calorie range needs to be an extra 100 calories? I was actually feeling great eating around 1400-1600 calories! I don't feel starving; I feel fit and healthy!
Just wondering if anyone else had this issue with the calories burned goal and whether or not it's helped or thwarted your progress?
Friday, July 17, 2009
I was so thrilled by my recent weight loss, that I suddenly realized I hadn't done my measurements in about a month, so I got down with the tape measure this morning and decided to see what progress I'd made. I already knew it'd be good news since the ditching of the "fat pants" that I bought after my other black pants became too tight. Now the old black pants fit perfectly, even a little loose!
(I hadn't measured thigh and upper arm. I dunno why!)
Upper Arm: 16 (God, my arm is thicker than my neck! ICK! And no, it's not muscle!)
So overall, I'm happy. I lost 2.5 inches from both my waist and hips and 0.5 inch from my neck. Hopefully, by next month, my arms will be smaller than my neck! I think I'll make it a monthly thing, because I don't want to obsess over it too much. God knows I have a hard enough time stopping myself from stepping on the scale every morning!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Just realized that after two more pounds lost, I'll be 20% of the way to my goal of being under 200 pounds! That's a great feeling!
If I can lose that by next week, one-fifth of the way to my goal after7 weeks. Not too shabby.
I'm also worried about Week 4 of C25K, as I'm not sure I can run a half-mile (or 5 minutes) without stopping yet. But I'll try my best. I was concerned about Week 3 too, and although it is definitely the toughest week, it's going!
One of the biggest mindset changes since my Spark journey began is not trying to get the biggest portion all the time. It amazes me how much I used to eat! Today I made a baked potato, and in the past, I would have grabbed the biggest one from the bag, and now I think to myself, "I'll just get a medium sized one. That should be sufficient."
Last week we went out to eat a lot because my sister-in-law was visiting the US for the first time, and I actually took home food in a doggie bag, which I had rarely done in the past. So while everyone else had boring ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch the next day, I got to enjoy the rest of my delicious jerk chicken meal! Also in the past, I would have tucked into a nachos appetizer and ordered a burger and fries for my meal, but instead I got the nachos for my meal, shared it with the rest of the table, and had a bite of my husband's burger. I was just as full. I ate all of the "bad" things that I love, and probably ate less than a quarter of the calories that I used to.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tried to complete W3D2 of C25K today but was thwarted by a laceration on the ball of my foot from a rock climb at the beach this weekend. It was converted into a leisurely walk instead, which I didn't feel great about. I'm going to try again tomorrow when hopefully the cut has healed up.
My sister-in-law left tonight, and I'm sad to see her go, but I'm happy to be able to cook again since we had to go out to eat to try all kinds of cuisine (BBQ, Chinese, Mexican, etc.) which meant a lot of hard work to budget for those meals out. I did fairly well considering... I kept in my calorie range most days but I don't feel very healthy overall given the crap I was eating.
Next up is the licensing exam at the end of the month, which I am nervous about, but I'm not going to do what I did in the crunch time for the last exam -- after I had lost 10 pounds the month before, I blew it all on stress eating -- after which I beat myself up about it.
I'm going to pass this time AND I'm going to hit 15 pounds lost very soon. I can feel it!
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