Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything.
Then I tracked everything. Ha!
Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark.
For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, and half a portabella mushroom. So I tracked the veggies and 2 TBSP of balsamic vinaigrette. Aeh, close enough for government work. Also I found a recipe for this vegan orzo, mushroom, broccoli casserole thing that is delicious. I had a big serving spoon full of that. I don't really know how many calories are in there, but I found an "orzo broccoli pilaf" in the food tracker that seemed reasonable so I added that in there.
In the end, the calorie count isn't perfect, but it's a decent approximation. About 1900 calories yesterday, which is a bit high given all I did was 30 minutes on the elliptical but today, when I tell Spark I've done an hour of boot camp and burned 600+ calories, my low-end calorie range is 1951.
I know I need to eat more than 1200 calories to keep my body ready for all this exercise, but that silly 1200 number I feel has been beaten into my brain and I feel guilty somehow for eating more than that. I'd like to keep my intake to maybe about 1800 calories on boot camp days and a little lower on, say, elliptical days.
That's what I'm starting with, anyway. Then I'll see how my body feels - if I have the energy I need for boot camp, if I'm ravenous at 3PM, if I get cranky or dizzy or dehydrated, etc - and then I can reassess the situation.
This is why I don't track calories. I get obsessed with the numbers.
Why did I have 1mg of cholesterol yesterday? ONE? Silly.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I've been concentrating a lot lately on exercise. Boot camp boot camp boot camp! Active recovery! Spring = running!
But the fact of the matter is I've been back at boot camp for two months (as of Friday) and I haven't lost any weight.
I know how my body works by now and I *KNOW* I have to keep plugging along even when I don't see any results on the scale, and I am committed to doing so. And sometimes I look in the mirror and I think I see less chin. And J swears he sees a difference in my body. (I haven't taken measurements, which I probably should.)
Anyway, I'm now at the point where I need to really push the focus back to food. It hasn't been terrible, exactly, but it also hasn't been great. I'm still eating way more Subway and Chinese food than I ever did before I had boys living with me. I've had candy and cookies and more french fries in the last six months than I'd eaten in the previous two years. I've also bent the vegan rules more than once. Just one spoonful of J's ice cream or one bite of the chocolate cake he brings home from work.
It's gotta stop.
Back to clean, whole, vegan foods. I don't think I'm going to track just yet, but I am going to make a commitment to myself through the end of April to truly practice Mindful Eating. Then I'll see where it takes me and if I need to hold myself accountable to a food tracker, I will.
Friday, April 11, 2014
This morning was the kind of class I enjoy. Instead of everyone doing the same thing at the same time, it was a go-at-your-own-pace thing. The challenge was to do at least 100 of each exercise but really he wanted 200 for the advanced boot campers.
We had 50 minutes to do five exercises in whatever order we so desired, in whatever quantities we so desired. In the end, I hit my 100 in 35 minutes (and I wasn't last to get to 100!), and by the end of the 50 minutes I had done 135 of each exercise.
DUDE. I DID 135 BURPEES THIS MORNING. ONE HUDRED AND THIRTY FIVE!
Standing Row w/Squat
I did sets of 25, then when time was running out went down to sets of 5.
He had us write our results on a board and apparently we will be repeating this challenge periodically. Next time I have to do 136. :)
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