Thursday, February 23, 2012
Okay, so I fell off the exercise wheel again but I'm back and using this site mainly for caloric intake estimations. I'm on my 5th week of P90X with Tony Horton. My brother is working out with me which is apparently what I've needed to keep going this whole time...a workout buddy. I hate the scale so I haven't stepped on it in some time but I'm tracking progress in other ways--how my clothing fits, how much more I can do in each respective workout. I realized that, for me, I'm not as concerned about losing the weight as I am about feeling healthy. So screw the scale as long as I'm BRINGING IT!
The difficulty I'm having is knowing how many calories I'm burning. I know that I'm working at peak heartrate (I don't have a monitor but anyone can calculate HR without one by counting your pulse for 15 seconds and multiplying by 4) which is between 160 and 180 BPM. Looking it up online, it says I'm burning around 1000 calories at that heart rate which is AWESOME! Honestly, though, I just want to be healthy, have energy, and live life to the full!
My verse today: The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that you might have life and have it to the full!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I've been reading up on weight loss and all of the articles basically come down to one thing...forget diets and make a life change. Well, I have to say that I agree. Of course, a life change is easier said than done. You're essentially taking a lifetime of habits and trying to unlearn them. For instance, in my home growing up, we didn't really visit the dentist often...mainly because we didn't have the insurance or the money to do so. So, our teeth care regime was simply brushing our teeth twice a day. It wasn't until I became an adult and started seeing the dentist on my own that I realized how inadequate that regime really was. (On a side note, I'm 25 and I've only had one cavity so thank God for that). I began to buy mouth wash and floss and started to use them consistently. However, when I ran out of one or the other, it would usually take me a while to remember to get to the store to pick up more...why? Because it was instilled in me from a young age that they were unnecessary and therefore my brain still has trouble making it a priority.
That's what this weight loss thing is like for me. I can easily stick to the plan when I am home and logging on to Spark People but once my floss runs out so to speak, I forget to pay attention and I end up overeating. My birthday was 2 days ago and we went to Olive Garden for dinner. I certainly threw caution to the wind there because a. I wasn't cooking it and therefore it was a mindless eating trip and b. well, it was my birthday!
I overate by about 500 calories that day (which I hope won't be too bad since I burned 800+ doing some uncoordinated cardio dancing with the wii). From that experience, I've come to a few conclusions that I will keep adding to in order to create my own weight loss philosophy.
1. Back tracks are going to happen but you CAN'T let it stop you the next day. To err is human!
2. Allow yourself to be okay with slipping up on special days. The fact that I overate on my birthday didn't bother me as much as if it were not my birthday because, well, it was a special time and I know I can indulge on those occasions. It's important to not feel guilty about having fun once in a while.
3. If you know you overate, work extra hard at your exercise routine. It will make you feel better about your day and it will help keep the pounds at bay. I got my groove on for 90 minutes that day and let me tell you I paid for it the next day...it was great!
Inspirational Bible Verse of the week: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all Your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Working on surrendering this process to Him just as I've surrendered other parts of my life.
Monday, March 07, 2011
So, today I've decided to be completely honest with myself about my bad habits...First, I haven't been on this site in 4 days or something like that and I already know that I need to make the commitment if I am going to succeed. I am quite busy and with a new baby the only time I can get on here to track things is at night...well at night I'm exhausted so I've been blowing it off. Not tonight and hopefully not any other nights coming. I need to be held accountable by something and since I can't seem to hold myself accountable, this site is going to be my lifeline.
Second, I LOVE Subway's Tuna subs and cookies...Unfortunately, the sub (I eat a 12 incher) is over 1000 calories and the cookies are over 400...which is not good for my new lifestyle...similarly, a tuna sandwich made at home is around 300 calories. So, I need to make the better choice when it comes to that. Subway is not always conducive to a fit lifestyle. It all depends on what you choose.
Third, I LOVE chocolate! While fried food, which used be a love of mine, has grown dim in my life, chocolate has suddenly become the bright light of must eat now! Unfortunately, when it comes to chocolate anyway, I can't moderate. I will seriously eat 6 brownies over the course of the day because I can't ignore the call every time I walk by them. Any other kind of junk, I can say no to...but chocolate is my weakness. An easy fix will be to simply keep it out of the house. I'm pretty sure I have the will power to pass by the box in the grocery store before those brownies ever get made.
Fourth, I am kind of lazy for half of the day. I am not at all a morning person and I am a stay at home mom. That makes for a very unproductive me in the mornings. I wake up around 8, I homeschool my son from 9-11, we eat lunch, then I tend to do the sleep when the baby sleeps thing after lunch because sleep is not great with a 7 week old. Then around 2, I finally start to make use of my time...Except for the homeschool hours, half of my day was wasted. And believe me, I need to find some kind of cleaning routine because cleaning is not my gift. Some people can clean things in an hour...it take me a whole day because I am constantly stopping to reminisce at old picture or taking way too long to scrub that one spot that is permanently stained on the floor. I need to develop efficiency in cleaning and then maybe I wouldn't mind it so much.
I'm sure there are a thousand more faults that I have floating around in the person that is me, and I will confront them as I see them. For now I shall try to sleep.
Oh, and a bit of good news...I tried Just Dance for wii and burned 400 calories in 45 minutes of fun! We did it as a family so it will definitely be included in our every day routine! And did you know that playing with your kids for 90 minutes burns like 800 calories...simple easy fun to build into my day!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
I spent a bit of time trying to find something on this site that accommodates for the fact that I am breastfeeding my baby and I couldn't find anything. So, I decided to make it work for me this way...
A breastfeeding mom, on average, uses 500 calories per day to make breast milk for her baby. Since breastfeeding is a calorie burner, I've decided to incorporate it into my daily fitness log. I've also decided that if I happen to eat more than the allotted calories, that I will decrease the BF calories burned by the amount that I went over...i.e. If I go over by 120 calories, I will decrease the BF from 500 calories burned to 380 calories burned in the fitness section. That way I can track how much of the weight loss is a result of my lifestyle and how much is a result of my body's natural processes at this time. Breastfeeding will hopefully help me to lose the weight quickly but when I stop, I don't want to pack on the pounds because I relied solely on it's benefits. I think my plan will work as I will make an effort to reach my goals outside the scope of BF.
And if anyone knows of anything that sparkpeople has in place to account for nursing moms, please let me know!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Here I am on day one of my new found determination to get and stay healthy. Here are some things that I think are worthy of note as I begin my journey.
1-I had a baby six weeks ago. I am breastfeeding so I need 500 extra calories a day...must check to see if sparkpeople allows for that...
2-I am constantly hungry...I think it might be a side effect from the breastfeeding although it didn't happen with my first son...and I crave sweet stuff all the time. I must learn to tackle that head on with healthy foods and stop making brownies no matter how much hubby loves them!
3-I really need to force myself to take the time to make healthy things. We are busy a lot and so previously, I've always just gone out to eat on those days that we had church stuff at night. So far, for about 2 weeks, I've been making meals and timing them based upon the day's activities. In a healthy lifestyle, I must make time to plan---food and activity.
4-I homeschool my son and it takes up some time. I think that in order to make the most of my fitness goals, I need to somehow incorporate my fitness activities into his school time which will make it fun for the whole family and beneficial for me.
5-I don't own a scale. In years past, I've been afraid of them. I had to get used to them during the pregnancy (during which I actually lost weight--not intentionally I should add) and right now the scale and I, we have reached an understanding. I don't get mad at it for telling me the truth anymore and I don't let it dictate my emotions or self esteem. I must invest in a scale asap so as not to lose that understanding.
There it is. Next step, planning (!) the baby steps that will help to incorporate all of those things into my daily routine.
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