Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I seem to find blogs when I sparkmail and today was no exception. I had told a buddy that I burn 700+ calories a day and that really sounds like a lot. So I explained.....
I didn't start out this way. I walk with my neighbor daily. She has really bad Rheumatoid Arthritis and I didn't know it yet but I was having a little arrhythmia. Cathy had begged everyone she knew to walk with her as the doctors advised it was the best thing she could do. Well one day she just dropped her gardening tools and fell into step behind Ray & I as we walked around the block. (No, she hadn't asked me. She was a new neighbor and we didn't do much more than the usual hellos.) She later told us that we couldn't stop her from walking behind us, lol. It was the day that changed my life, 3-1/2 years ago! From that day forward I became Cathy's walking partner and my arrhythmia stopped and her Rheumatoid Arthritis started feeling better. Until this year we were very happy with our 2 mile walks 5 times a week.
Then I decided to lose weight. Mar 27, 2008 a date to remember.
August 1, my sister gave me a used pedometer and I just exploded with energy! I was doing barely 5000 steps daily and now I was supposed to do 10,000? And to make it worse my sister told me I needed 15,000 to lose weight!! Well, I started adding a little here and a little there and reached 15,000 daily! Then I stopped losing weight. *sigh*
My sister works but wanted a walking partner at night so I went with her, 3 miles worth, darn near killed me but the weight started moving again! A monster was created!! Within weeks she stopped walking but I didn't. *sheesh* and the weight kept going!
And Cathy found out she had cancer of the appendix after it ruptured! Her doctors said she was alive and survived the 3 surgeries needed due to the years of walking and advised her to walk as much as she could. I told her I would walk with her as often and as far as she wanted to try for and we reached 5 miles together for the first time yesterday! Today she takes another treatment and won't be able to walk again until next Monday when we start over at about 1 mile together. She can only walk in the mornings as she is just too exhausted in the afternoon. Today is her 4th treatment - she takes them every other week and they are 48 hour treatments.
Gosh, this sounds like the makings of another blog!
Anyway, about a month ago I noticed the flab left by losing 55 lbs and started using my WATP videos daily as well as returning to my strength training. That is how I started really racking up the calories burned and that is the reason I needed to learn more about calorie deficits and calories consumed.
*Sheesh*, I am sorry to be writing such a long letter! But now you know the hows and whys of my calories burned. Anyone can do the WATP videos, they really are that easy to learn, and 15 minutes a day will still burn between 100-125 calories depending on how you use the boosters and if you do all the steps. One mile a day works wonders on the legs and waist.
The picture is my virtual model at my new goal weight of 135.
*~*~*~* fast forward to 5/4/2014: today I am under this weight and still walking with my buddy Cathy who has been cancer-free for 4 years now! we average 6-7 miles daily and I am again under 135!