Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Happy Wednesday! Yes, I am running scared, running scared big time. As so many of you know, I reached 189.4. This week I've been teetoring on 189.4-190.2 and 190.2 more than 189.4. As so many of you know and many of you don't know, I got stuck doing this last year. I could not get my ticker to move down know matter what I tried. I realize that so many things are different this year, but I can't help but be SCARED. I am sticking to it, I am not giving up, I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! Please please dear lord, keep my ticker moving down. Let my body release. Don't make me be stuck again.
Burn Burn Burn those calories!
Some new learnings:
I watched a show today, where they showed foods that look yummy, and like they would not be too bad to eat but are packed with calories and how it would take 6 hours to burn off, or 3 hours of mamba dancing. Next to these, they put out other dishes that have less calories, equally yummy, where you could eat 6 plates of it and do better than one plate. As an example, two chicken enchiladas, beans, rice. This is over my calorie range, plus it would take 6 or more hours of fast walking to burn the calories of just that meal, no breakfast and no lunch. Next to it, more healthy, same place, 6 chicken taco's and forget what else on plate, but I could eat the entire table of tacos they showed and been stuffed full, and less calories. However, there is no way I could eat as many hard shell chicken tacos that they showed. But it made me think of when we went to mexican and I didn't even finish my plate, I ate the chimichanga, a couple bites of my beans, and none of the rice and was full. Well it was better than before, but it actually took my calories out of range without really knowing it. There are so many hidden calories in stuff. It is actually kind of scary. I have to say, I did really well last year, but not good enough. I am and have and still am making some serious changes. I sure do hope that my ticker will move down. I have good reason to be running scared, but I think I have a better chance at making it move this time.
BURN BURN BURN those unwanted calories.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I was low end of calorie range today. I burned 731 calories... I made it! I did it! And I am officially 40 days streaking and moving on to 41.
I went to water aerobics with my sister and did 1 hour aerobics. I was pretty shocked seeing my sister. I really felt bad for her. I just have never ever seen her this heavy. She makes me look like a bean pole, and I am by no means a bean pole. I see it is hard for her to move, hard for her period. I really keep trying to encourage her. I told her about my step, I told her if she got herself a step, I would get her an HRM if she would use it. I told her what she needs to do to lose. She said she would get a step, we will see. She took a look at mine. She thought we burned way more at water aerobics and was shocked that she only burned 193 calories. That isn't bad, but we need to burn more to lose weight. We talked about eating too. After water aerobics, she pulls into 7-11 and asks if I want a soda. I said no thank you, I can't drink soda. She said, anything, so I said bottle of water. She came out with a giant soda for her and a bottle of water for me. She asked why I can't have soda. I said, I can't because it is too high in sugars, and just so unhealthy and doesn't fit in my food plan. I don't like being fat, and I am determined to get it off, so this is important for me. Plus, I burned my calories and I don't want to have to go home and burn more because I drank a soda. I told her when I get home, I will need to eat something to get my calories to low end of range, but it will be something I need to make my nutrients where they need to be. Oh, she answered. I saw myself getting so close to where she is, and I don't like it, and when I saw how hard it is for her to move, I know how hard it is already for me and I just DON'T WANT to get there, but to move downward.
I am hoping, seeing me drop, and with encouragement, she will start to really try to work on it. It is so hard, so so hard, but it is so important for our health. Life is too short, and if we sit and do nothing, time is wasting away. Why not work hard and get ourselves healthy and stay healthy. I don't want to be an old woman who can hardly walk, or has such bad problems, or start taking meds. The only way that won't happen is if I take this serious and work my bootie off to burn burn burn, eat healthy, and keep at it. There is NO GIVING UP! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! YOU CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT! Stick with it....NO MATTER WHAT!
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.
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