Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wow, I realized, today, I am 40 days streaking with fitness. Wow, completely amazing. I am working really hard this week, hoping to move my scale down. It seems to bounce from 189.4 - 190.6, which I know is normal, happens every week. I am being super careful today with my calorie range. I had a slow start, not wanting to get up and move, but I did, I got up, and did it.
I am really amazed with myself. I go to push myself to get my ticker to move down some more.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wow, I started off so great this morning. So on track, so great, but we went to hubby's doctor appt to have tube removed, but nope, got to have it a few more days. We were going to do McDonald's for lunch, and that would have been great, but we saw an Applebee's. WOO, I can have a chicken oriental salad...that will be good and healthy. Oh yeah, was it, OUCH, just the salad, yep just the salad alone took me over my calories and that is eating nothing else for the entire day. I had a slim fast for breakfast, so I am ok with that, but as I was eating and got a chance to ask, do you have the nutrients. Yep, brought over too me. Are you ready to hear the calories in the salad?
Here it goes, 1,610 Calories, 16 Fat, 113 Carbs, 2090 Sodium....don't know the protein but with the sliced almonds (which my salad didn't have many) and lots of chicken...I know my protein is good. Everything is the salad was healthy, but OUCH, now I am way over my range...at least by 300. OOPs...Total calorie intake, 2,287 calories...OUCH OUCH OUCH. I am 700 over my calorie range...OUCH OUCH OUCH...That is like, I have to burn a minimum of 700, no less, and need to burn 1000 to be good for today. Ouch Ouch Ouch. I've burned 344, which leaves 650 calories to burn.
FYI - ALL MENU items are HIGH in Calories....I don't recommend eating here....unless you do a couple of the Weight Watcher Salads, which don't sound good to me, so I would rather not eat at this place.
Doesn't it look yummy and healthy...only good thing I can say is that it is healthy calories. Note: These calories are right from Applebee's resteraunt, not any recipe calculator....based on US Daily Allowance.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Well, today is Monday, day two of a brand new week. I survived the weekend and I did the burn challenge and succeeded! I am still on the burn challenge throughout the week. I really had to start thinking about, what is so different now then last year. Did I sabatoge myself? Or was it just a lesson? Pondering this, I think it was both.
1) I did great with my food, water, and thought with exercise.
2) I thought I was burning enough calories
3) I didn't have an HRM
4) I wasn't streaking
5) I wasn't doing a burn challenge
6) I was exercising and way more than I was before starting with Sparks
7) I even had a nutritionist
1) Went to doctors again to have mysdelf checked with my numbers.
2) Asked the doctor, WHAT CALORIE RANGE and HOW MANY CALORIES Do I NEED to BURN to lose 1-2 pounds a week.
Answer: 1200-1500 calories, Burn 250-500 calories. 500 Calories better. Need to be consistent about it. In other words, can't do low, then high, and burn 3 days good. Have to be consistent. You are making progress, you have come down since last visit. Keep at it! I took this too heart, I took this seriously.
3) I had decided to purchase an HRM (Heart Rate Monitor). I showed it too the doctor. Doctor checked it out and said it was pretty accurate.
4) I am still logging my food, this is important to know exactly where I am at.
5) I started to make sure I burned a minimum of 250-500 calories daily. Yep daily. I haven't missed a day.
6) I was on my streak, fitness streak. Very important, helps to keep focused.
7) I am faithful and honest with my HRM, and if it is 10:00 PM and I still have 100 calories to burn, I get on my wii fit, or aerobic step, or treadmill, or dance, whatever it takes to reach that 500 so I am consistent.
8) Challenge myself and others to do the burn
Ok, looking back at all of this, one thing I can say, last year, I would go on a very long long all day walk, and was burning calories. The problem was, that is one day doing a week's worth of exercise. Some days, I would do days during the week, 1 or 2 laps on the boardwalk. I was using the sparks fitness for calories burned. I was not burning the calories I needed to be burning on a DAILY basis. I was sabatoging myself. I did long hikes on the weekend camping. I really thought I was doing enough. I was NOT doing enough. Yes, my weight went down, extremely low, and literally got stuck. Even on my trip to Vegas, I did so great and to come home to nothing loss, just devestated me, but looking back now, I did do good, but it wasn't enough. My eating was a little different then now. Not a lot different, but my range is now 100% where it should be. With all this said, I sabatoged myself.
Was it all bad? No, it was a BIG LESSON. My approach is different now. I am using what I learned last year and what I am learning now. I really don't know if it will continue to work, but I sure am determined to keep on trying and burning. My HRM has become a part of my life. My wii fit has become part of my life, my aerobic step has become part of my life. My walks have become part of my life. This is a daily thing. I am 39 days streaking today and by no means going to break that streak. It really is a matter of life or death. It is my health. I refuse to have to be put on additional meds. I refuse to have high blood pressure, I refuse to be an old lady so obese that I can't move, or tie my shoe, or hard time wiping my own butt. Sorry if that is offensive, but it is true.
My son, he may not be living in our home, but he is doing well. He wasn't going to go to leadership camp because he was out of shape, but both dad and I told him we were disappointed, but it was his choice. He tried using his grade as an excuse. I flat out told him, it was just an excuse, but it doesn't matter, it is his choice. His dad said that he thought he really should do it, but if he isn't that it is ok. Well, Saturday, during my walk, he called me and said he was going. I told him that I was proud of him. His dad, later that evening, told him that he was proud of him for deciding to do it. I also told him about my walk when he called and that I was almost at 10 miles when he called. He said cool. When he stayed with us, he laughed about the wii fit. Tee Hee, he made a profile and got on. He was overweight, not obese, but said he wants to gain weight. I told him, that is so unhealthy David. You need to lose weight and gain muscle weight. He said that is what I want to do is gain weight for muscle. I said, but honey, you are gaining fat weight, not muscle weight, your BMI is too high. You need to lose weight, get to healthy BMI and then workout to gain muscle, and muscle weight, so if your weight goes up, then it is muscle. He didn't say much, but I know he is thinking about it and he still sees me trying to lose my weight and sees me working on it.
Shyanne, bless her heart, really is trying to help me. She encourages me to walk. She asks where I am at on my HRM, how many steps, how many calories. Oh, do you want to go for a walk or is it too dark. It is too dark, I will just have to do aerobic step. Ok, mom, lets walk after school tomorrow.
Hubby, he is supportive too. He would walk with me, he is more consciencious of going out to eat, and makes sure it is something I can eat.
My family has become more involved with this now then they were last year. They are all determined to help me reach my 500 daily.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Got up this morning, had my coffee, didn't finish it, started my water, went off to run an errand and to boardwalk with daughter. Since hubby in car, could only do 2.5 laps. We then went out to lunch. I then went to Walmart with daughter shopping and got myself a step. They didn't have one two days ago, but they did today so I bought one. I got me some cheap CD's of music that I like and downloaded on my ipod. I did a high impact aerobic step tonight to get my 500 calorie burn complete. I ended up skipping dinner as I was still full from lunch. I didn't even stuff myself. Just was not hungry today. I did make my range, only because I ate two small brownies which are accounted for. I am good with all numbers except my protein was a little low.
I am extremely tired. My thighs and butt are sore tonight from the high impact aerobic step. I bought a Firm Cardio Dance Slim Down I want to try. I found out that my Turbo Jam that I ordered on ebay may be fraud so may not get it. Really ticked me off. I hope I get it still. I will have to try to call paypal tomorrow to see if I can cancel transaction. If not, I can file dispute if I don't get item. If I end up losing all together, at least it is just $13.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Happy Saturday. I go up, got on scale....throw the darn scale out the window! The scale showed me up, up to 191.2...I was MAD, pissed off, angry. Yep, that was me. Well, it isn't the only darn measurement. I felt fat too! Yuck! This made me more angry. We left, and I forgot to bring my slim fast. So, we had a coffee on the way, well me, a small chai tea, 175 calories. So dropped hubby off and hit the mall with both feet. On went the IPOD, and down the mall walkway we go, warm up pace, ok, now time to pick it up to get the heart rate up, ok, lets try jogging...completely out of breath, now off to a fast pace walk to keep the heart rate up, start doing some dancing down the walkway, arm punches to the walk, arms above the head clapping as I walk, back down to the side, back to a jog. Finally, 6500 steps. We keep going, ok, 10,000 steps, time to go see if hubby is ready. Oops, nope, extra long class, so off we go to the Green River to walk along the path of which I have no clue how far it goes, but we trekked on it for along while, turned around and went back to car. Hungry for lunch, so off to the Pita Pit...wow, new very healthy place to eat! Awesome, lunch with daughter and a quick one. On our way to see if hubby is ready, he calls, class is going to 1:30. So off we go back to the green river path. But this time, we be just a little slower now, ouch ouch, it hurt, ok, pain is easing some, so a little faster, and ok, time to turn around to head back to car. Of course, about 2 hours prior, daughter says, my feet hurt, my legs hurt. Oh, they do, oh good! Well to the car we finally make it, 20,000 steps...ouch...off to target, some more steps, then off to pick up dad and home I be....21,840 steps, 6 hours of walking minus 20 minutes for lunch, 1,132 calories burned, 10.35 miles. Besides the path, when we stopped first time to see dad, break time for them, we walked up a muddy trail to stairs and back down and then went to the parking lot curb and doing steps until dad came out. When he came out and found out we had several more hours, that is when we headed off to the path.
I've never walked the Green River before. What a beautiful paved path. The sun came out some too. No rain, at least during my walk. As I was walking, all I could think about was, burn burn burn, get this fat off of me, release, give me a new body, burn burn burn, work hard hard hard.
When we were walking the mall, something really amazing happened, a couple of songs were playing and out my arms were up towards heaven as I was walking and talking to God. I was like this total peace and felt as if he was guiding me, caring me, telling me keep up the BURN, You are doing great! I was talking to God and had not even realized it. I truly felt at peace. He said to me that I was doing such great things on here for people and myself, and to keep on encouraging that not only am I going to get there, but so are so many. It was like he said you have to burn, you have to burn, you have to be good to your body.
So off I went into a jog and no matter how hard it was, I pushed myself to do it. I didn't even think it would be possible to jog, but I amazed myself of as how far I did jog and how many times. My daughter was like, it is too early mom. This stinks.... but she kept good spirits and kept on going with me. She asked me yesterday, "when are we getting our nails done." I said, sorry, I don't know, no money, then I said, you know what, you help me get these 75 pounds off, we go get our nails done whether we have money or not! She said ok with that. Today, I forget what she said, but her dad said, honey, it is a full time job for mom, she has to stay on it 24 hours a day every day, watching what she eats, drinks, and has to burn every day. Her job is the hardest right now. Bless my sweet hubby's heart.
Because of the words, the feeling, the message, there is not a single one of you that I will STOP PUSHING or CHALLENGING let alone myself. If any of you feel I am a pain, or worse, well, sorry in advance. I am taking this seriously, and I want you to succeed as well as myself, and I know WE CAN DO IT! NO EXCUSES!
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