Saturday, August 30, 2008
August has been totally awesome for me. I owe this to Huggers1 for recommending the Walk Away The Pounds videos and to Kalh7338 for teaching me about "banking calories" aka calorie deficit. Also to my sister who gave me a used pedometer which got me striving for 10,000 steps daily and then spurred me to go for 15,000!
I am doing so well that I have decided to throw caution to the wind and have changed my goal weight to 135! Unknown territory! According to Spark this will happen around Jan 7, 2009! Will I reach it? I don't know, but I am going to give this my all!
Total losses for August, my personal best month yet!
Lost 8.7 pounds! Lost 5 inches!
Whew, that is a load off my chest! And everywhere else, lol.
Calorie Banking aka Calorie Deficit
Calorie Banking helped me and takes away the "will I lose" and changes it to I know I am going to lose the weight.
I am going to put the links here but if you should have trouble with them, go to the very top of the spark page where you see a box and search and type in calorie deficit and it will bring up many pages including www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/search_results
.asp and www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
Basically you must find your BMR www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and multiply it by 1.2 to get the number of calories your body will burn just by being alive and breathing. You next take your total calories eaten for the day and subtract this from the other number. Then you find how many calories you burned from your fitness page Cardio exercises and add the number to the other one. The resulting number is the number of calories you are "banking" . The goal is to have 500 or more deficit calories per day which will give you 1 pound loss a week. 1000 per day will net 2 pounds loss per week.
My BMR today is 1422.7 X 1.2 = 1707.24 calories my body burns just by existing.
I eat 1200 calories today, 1707.24 - 1200 = 507.24
I walked 1 mile - 135 calories burned
3 mile Walk Away The Pounds video - 346.5
The total calories burned is 481.5 and added to 507.24 = 988.74 deficit calories banked!
I keep learning things here at Spark People!
It is really exciting to see why we are losing weight instead of worrying about will we lose weight.