Friday, October 23, 2009
I was recently asked my profession. I haven't done anything glamorous, just working for a living.
Short version, I have done keypunch for Merrill Lynch, clerical work for Prudential, factory work in Penn where I was a closer on ladies garments (I learned to sew on a machine with a cutting knife), librarian - in other words, I did humble but honest work wherever I lived.
In New York City I started with Merrill Lynch and then the Phone Company, Texaco and finally Prudential Ins where I stayed for 7 years. When I moved to Penn in 1978 for my mother it was factory work (10 years) since that was what was available and I met my DH in 1985 (he had been widowed 5 months earlier) and we married in 1986 and it was his dream to return to his birthplace, Sumrall Mississippi where I volunteered at the local elementary school and finally got on at the public library where I worked for 7 years.
My DH was 63 at the time to my 33 but other than age we are almost identical in nature and it was an immediate bonding for both of us. I am truly blessed to have found my soul-mate and to have been able to recognize it! I shudder at the thought I almost turned him loose just because of age. 3 days into our relationship I knew he was the man in my life! 13 months later we married. When he turned 75 he decided he wanted me home so I am no longer employed. I love my status as an hw (housewife) but I am not meticulous in cleaning, preferring playing on my computer to the daily doldrums of cleaning and I spend a lot of time running around with DH. We have a golfcart and live on a "Rails to Trails" www.mylongleaftrace.com/ and www.traillink.net/ViewTrail.aspx?Acc
tID=6016508 and this is where I do 99% of my daily walking.
On Mar 27, 2008 I awoke and weighed 210 and said to myself, "no more." 16 months later I awoke on July 23, 2009 and weighed 120 and said to myself, "at last!"
And that is who I am. It hasn't been a glamorous life, but I found myself along the way and I have contentment.
...and a new body!
**I neglected to mention I assist my dad in his daily living. My mother passed away Jan 1, 2004 and we almost lost dad twice the same month. I moved him to my property Dec 2007 when he stopped eating and he is doing much better. Feb 2009 he had to go onto Kidney Dialysis but he is doing remarkably well now. We purchased a new mobile home for him and he loves his independence!
Monday, October 19, 2009
RAYLINSTEPHENS is relieved - the Nutrition Tracker said 77,000 calories!! Oops on me!!
Imagine my surprise when I logged my lunch and dessert only to find I had eaten more than 77,000 calories and no dinner yet!!
I have some ground beef that we have made up into sausage burgers and it is in my "group foods" as a 4 oz burger. Well, I only had 1.5 oz so I meant to type .325 but put in 325 I guess - I think I was down for eating the whole calf!
That is my biggest oops to date. Previously I posted 1 Cup Peanut Butter instead of 1 Tbl, lol, but that was a measly 1500 calories, not 70,000
BTW, my day is 1700 so far.
**I ended the day with 2186 calories, just under my range but on target for my limited Cardio yesterday. I ate 5 more calories than I burned. WooHoo!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Maintaining your Weight Loss with 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. Now I am using it to Maintain my Weight Loss.
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_r
esults .asp and www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th
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. *A zero calorie deficit should maintain your weight.*
Since I first wrote this I now have an activity level of moderate so my multiplier is 1.55 X BMR.
In SparkPeople articles this is called my TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and my TDEE for 120 lbs is 1847 when my BMR is multiplied by 1.55
This now becomes my daily Calorie Goal to maintain my weight. However, as Moderately Active, I do still burn calories and I maintain a certain number of fitness minutes. I use SparkPeople Trackers exclusively and try to keep them as accurate as possible. My average fitness minutes is 200 daily and I add them up weekly to make sure I am still on track. This gives me a calorie range of 2200-2550 calories to eat daily as long as I maintain my Activity level.
If you join the Spark Team of By The Numbers you can request a chart that runs in Excel (or FreeOffice) that does the basic computing for you. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=26785 This chart was designed by MEGSAMAMA and I use mine on a daily basis. Takes all the guesswork out of knowing I am still on track.
While SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker gives me my calorie range, Meg's chart tells me if I am on track, over or under for the day. I do fluctuate but I try to keep it within 100 calories of my calories burned whenever possible. Basically I am simply adding to my 1847 whatever calories I have burned for the day.
SparkPeople tells us we will fluctuate in our weight so we should have a maintenance range of 5 lbs. At the moment I relax anywhere that my weight is 120 (120-120.9) and eat less when I reach 121.9 to bring it back down.
Yes, this is compulsive-obsessive behavior. However, people that never allow themselves to gain more than 3 lbs generally never reach 210 lbs either. I used to laugh at people saying they were fat or overweight by 3 lbs - not so funny now since I got obese but they didn't.
I am still learning with SparkPeople and look forward to getting and reading The Spark to see if I have missed any vital information in my journey.
I have now maintained since July 23, 2009 - almost 3 months!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Am I the *only* weird one?
I don't think of myself as an emotional eater - but lately I seem to become depressed and munchy if my walk is threatened by inclement weather!
The old me would have just happily played on the computer - but this new me gets really stressed if one of my walks becomes *iffy* for any reason.
Thankfully Ray decided he too wanted a pedometer and at any time during the day he just ups and goes for a one mile walk - happily he loves for me to tag along, so long as I don't hurry him!
My beautiful Ray turned 88 last month and he's concerned about his knees buckling but his orthopedic surgeon assured us his knees are in great condition so I think he just needs to build up the knee muscles.
At 88 the muscles tend to atrophy at the drop of his butt, into his chair, lol. Just another cruel trick of nature and old age. It gives me new enthusiasm to keep on keeping on.
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