Saturday, March 24, 2007
There's too much going on in real life right now to keep up with the SP site. I still think this is an awesome site and hope to be active here again some time, but right now I don't know when that time will be.
I'm also not giving up on my goal, but right now I'm in a bit of a maintaining phase. Spring is coming though, and with the warmer weather, I'll be taking up jogging again so I expect to see some more downward movement on the scale before too long too!
Friday, February 23, 2007
After realizing just how much exercise I've really been doing these past few months, I started thinking that I must have lost some weight. I didn't want to say anything before I actually weighed myself though. I was guessing that I lost maybe five pounds. I knew I hadn't lost more than that because I would have noticed that my clothes were getting baggy again. (Then again, with all the winter layering, I probably wouldn't have noticed, now that I think about it!) But I know I've put on some lean muscle too. Hauling and dumping 50# wheelbarrows full of horse manure can do that to you! I checked my measurements, and didn't see any radical changes, so I started feeling a little anxious about weighing myself. But I bought a new scale yesterday and took it home. I usually weigh myself in the morning, but couldn't wait. I was only down by 0.4 pounds -- but that was after a full day, I'd recently eaten, and my water intake has been horrible so I know I'm retaining water too. It was encouraging though, for the same reasons. So I weighed myself again this morning:
Not quite the five pounds I was hoping for, but not too shabby either!
I've made my new goal to be at my ideal weight by my birthday, and I'm thinking I'll actually make it now if I keep this up. :D
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
So, this past December, I took up a job working at a stable. I love horses, and was looking for something part-time, so when I saw this ad in the paper I jumped on it right away.
I'm at the barn 3.5 hours a day, two days a week. If you've ever mucked out stalls, you know this can be heavy work. I decided to plug that in to my activity tracker but there isn't anything that's exactly comparable to mucking seven stalls; emptying, cleaning, and refilling seven water buckets; and wheeling and dumping seven 50# wheelbarrows. So I picked Farm Work: General and plugged in 3.5 hours. According to SP, I burn off over 1300 calories every day I go in to work at the barn! I don't even EAT that much food, no wonder I'm beat and starving on barn days!
I mentioned this to my barn buddies and some of them were a little incredulous so I did some investigating. According to euisearch.com, SP's general farm work is probably right on target, if not even a little shy of how much I'm working off. Here's the tinyurl to the page:
They say that mucking and rebedding a stall for twenty minutes (which is about how long it takes to muck and rebed a single stall) is almost 160 calories. They say that wheeling a 50# wheelbarrow for ten minutes is about 63 calories. I muck and rebed seven stalls, which equates to wheeling and dumping seven or more wheelbarrows. Even if I don't count the wheelbarrows, seven stalls at 160 calories each comes out to 1120 calories!
So, I'm sticking with the general farm work and rounding down my minutes from 210 to 200. I avoided weighing myself last time I was at the rec center because I thought for sure that I'd gained weight, but who knows, maybe I"ve lost. If I haven't lost pounds, I've probably lost inches. All this time I've been feeling guilty for not exercising, not even thinking about how I'm working my butt off (literally!) at the barn.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Well, it's been a couple weeks since I've blogged here. This has been a real busy couple of weeks for me and I just haven't had time to keep up with SparkPeople. It's a good busy though, I've had a couple freelance projects come in, we're being considered as a placement resource for a 13 y/o boy, and I've got two, possibly even three or four, new clients who have projects they want me to do. So yeah. Very busy. But in a good way.
As for dieting, I was actually thinking about just putting on my three layers of clothes and going running anyway. I hate running in the winter. I hate having to put on layers and layers of clothes because it's soooo cold. We had subzero temperatures last week, and even when the temps are above zero, the wind chill often brings it back down to subzero again anyway. Not great jogging weather. But I miss it so much, and jogging on a treadmill just isn't the same. I can't wait for spring to come around so I can jog every day without having to put on layers of clothes to do it.
I haven't weighed myself, but I suspect that I may have put on another pound or two. Some of my clothes are feeling a bit tighter on me. I have been eating too much candy lately. I love those little conversation hearts they sell around this time of the year. They are my downfall!
I can't wait for spring! I really should just put on layers of clothes and go jogging. Not only do I need to for my physical health and to keep my weight in check, I just *feel* better when I'm jogging regularly. I really *can't* wait for spring.
But it's sooooooo cold! Excuses, excuses.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
It's difficult for me to exercise during the winter months because we live out in the boonies -- so an hour at the gym equates to two hours or more gone from an already busy day, and although I love jogging and bike-riding, I hate to do either in the cold and snow. But I've recently taken up a new part time job that involved a good deal of physical labor, and has me literally working out for about six hours a week now! I usually end up maintaining over the winter months and losing in the summer months, but with this new job of mine, I expect to start losing over the winter months as well now! We shall see!
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