Friday, August 29, 2008
Okay, I don't know if I'm slow or what but I just found out about Sparkpeople mobile and I am through the roof happy about it. Let me tell you how I found it. My sister and I both got Blackberry phones this year and I must admit, I haven't taken the time to familiarize myself with all the cool stuff it apparently can do. My sister got an email that Weight Watchers had gone mobile so she texted me to try it. I had been looking for a mobile food log but since I switched to Core, the WW Flex points tracker is sort of useless to me so I decided to look elsewhere. I tried CalorieKing and Fitday but found them both hard to use on the Blackberry.
Since I got my phone, I had been very discouraged that I couldn't not use the nutrition log on the Sparkpeople.com site. I found the site on the phone but it would barely let me log in let alone use the food tracker. Then I thought of something. All the other food log sites I tried had 'mobile' somewhere in the URL. It had never before occurred to me that certain sites weren't functional on the phone unless you used the "mobile" version of the site. DUH!! So I googled Sparkpeople Mobile and voila. I found it! http://mobile.sparkpeople.com/ . It is a food tracker and database that has all my favorites already in it!! And... because it is online, it automatically "syncs" with my PC tracker and it's FREE. HOW COOL IS THAT? I'm so excited. God bless SparkPeople Founder Chris "SparkGuy" Downie. You will never know what a blessing you are to us.
Also, I just noticed today that I was voted as a Spark People Motivator! Man, my day is getting better and better! Thank you so much everybody!! I don't know what I'd do without all of you there to motivate ME!! Well actually, I do, I'd fall off the wagon like a sack of potatoes Thanks again everyone!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wow, been gone so long I'm surprised my log in recognizes me. I've been super busy and haven't had time to blog at all. I am in charge of the soccer program in my town and it's hugely rewarding but this time of year is a nightmare. The season starts the 2nd week in September so things should calm down about a week after.
I've been pretty good with my workouts but my eating has been slacking BIG TIME since I got back from the cruise and it's starting to show in little ways. I have been really busy but I've been using it as an excuse to eat anything I want, especially at night! What am I, crazy? That's a recipe for disaster for me so the buck stops here. I'm recommitting today before things get really out of hand. The kids go back to school in a week or two so I've got to get everyone back into their routines, especially me.
Since the kids have been out of school, I've been working out at 7am instead of my usual 4:30am. No more. Starting next week I will be up at 4am. I work out longer these days so I need the extra half hour to get in my 2 hours and get the kids to school on time.
I'm still struggling a bit with my workout routine. Since I started concentrating on muscle, I've been doing pure weights M,W & F and pure cardio on T, Th & Sat (my "rest" days). The problem is I have so many cardio/weight combos (FIRM) that its seems a waste to let them sit while I do straight weights one day and straight cardio another. Will it negate my "rest" day if I throw in weights with my cardio?
I've also been debating as to whether to concentrate on certain body parts each weight day (Cathe) or keep doing whole body like I've been (Jari). Hmm. All these questions. Gotta find some more articles.
I've missed you guys. When I don't blog my insane ramblings, I backslide . Sparkpeople refocuses me.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I'm back! The cruise was fabulous, eating TONS of naughty stuff but I was in the fitness center every morning so I was able to keep the weight gain at bay. Visited my parents for a week after and that was the real danger zone. My mother cooks like a chef and though she claims to be health conscious, it became quickly apparent that she has no realistic concept of what that means. She has been unsuccessfully fighting obesity my entire life and this is my first time really seeing the reasons why. She is either completely ignorant of healthy nutrition concepts or she is totally in denial. I fear the latter. She also has a billion excuses not to exercise. Before I left, I dusted off an old Leslie Sansone VHS tape that my sister gave her years ago which happens to be PERFECT for her current fitness level. I also set her up with a walking kit (pedometer, light weights, book) just in case she and my dad can stop bickering long enough to take a walk together (because she hates doing anything alone). They are so cute. Of course she thinks I'm now too skinny but.....
Anyway, back to me. After eating totally on my own (without calorie counters, logs, etc) I came back only two pounds heavier. I'm thrilled! I got an electronic body composition analysis while on the cruise and it read like this.
Body Composition Current Target
Percent Body Fat 24.8% 22.0%
Total Weight 120.0 lbs 116.9 lbs
Fat Weight 28.8 lbs 25.7 lbs
Lean Weight 91.2 lbs 91.2 lbs
Fat Weight to Lose 3.1 lbs
Metabolic Rate 1259 cals 1259 cals
Losing 3.1 pounds of body fat is certainly a goal I can achieve before the end of the year. The target stats they have for me are a little higher than I'd like but we'll see how this all pans out. I had a bit of trouble getting back into the swing of things when I came back on Sunday but Janis Saffell snapped me out of it this morning with her Strike Zone DVD. Fabulous!
Missed my SP buddies something fierce but I've got tons of stuff to do this week so I'll have to catch up with everybody slowly. Later!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Quick hit and run. Going on vacation (a cruise), won't be back online until the 20th or a bit later. Will miss all of you. Be good.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I'm changing things up a bit. I know, I do this every week but, progress, you know? In an effort to try come back from my starvation mode episode, I've have been doing lots of reading. On the food front, the suggestion is to do a gradual refeed (increasing your calorie intake) to convince your body that there is plenty of available food. That, to my absolute SHOCK has been working. I've increased my food intake and the scale has started moving down again.
As far as my workouts (which are what got me into this mess to begin with) this seems to be the problem. When you drastically increase your workouts, especially your cardio (as I did), your body can sometimes perceive this as extreme stress and respond accordingly. What is your body's stress response? Well among other things, the over production of cortisol. What does cortisol do? Among other things, INCREASE FAT STORAGE! Talk about shooting myself in the foot. I've even read that too much cardio can even cause muscle loss and that the secret to fat burning is to do short amounts of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and longer amounts of weights.
SO here's the challenge. I'm a little confused about what workouts to do. I thought The FIRM would fit the bill for the HIIT but I did a rotation this week (thanks CoolTwinmom3) that included The Firm and it does not seem to have a sufficient amount of either (cardio or weights) to give me the results I need. After doing Jari and Cathe, I almost feel like I am wasting my time with the FIRM.
Nothing against the ladies, ( except of course the robot factor I complained about before) because they are excellent workouts but I suppose because I've changed my fitness from weight loss to muscle gain, they no longer do it for me. I suppose they are good for days when I am in a hurry or extra sore from my harder workouts. They would also be good for maintenance. I have read that you can maintain your fitness level by doing approximately half of what it took to get you there.
Anyway, back to the challenge. I got The Abs Diet for Women, Body For Life and Body For Life for Women from the library yesterday. Between them and my over 100 workout videos,I should be able to figure out how to tweak my workouts for maximum efficiency.
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