Saturday, February 16, 2013
Admittedly, math has NEVER been my strongest subject. Unless, it's the simplest of simple math OR I have a calculator, I'm SOL. However, it didn't take much of a math whiz to figure out that, somewhere along the way, I'm going to be in big trouble now that I'm trying to maintain my current weight. Here's the story:
My weekly (maximum) intake of calories is (7*2110) 14,770
My daily BMR is 1557 (approximately) and that burns 10,889 calories weekly
At this point, I'm taking in 3,871 calories per week more than my body naturally burns. HOWEVER, I like to exercise and, on average, burn about 3,100 calories a week. Unfortunately, that still leaves 771 calories left to run amok. Bottom line is, every five weeks(ish), I can expect to GAIN a pound.
Not good. Not good at all.
It's also not how things have been going in the real world. Now that I've got all this off my chest, I think I'll just forget about the math and enjoy the level of health that I've achieved. It seems so much easier than the analyzing of numbers...
Saturday, February 02, 2013
" Itís just bad math to burn 300 calories exercising and feel it entitles you to a 500 calorie reward."
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
As anyone in my BLC family knows, I *LOVE* getting to use my pretty purple bingo dauber. This weeks challenge is one of those times. This blog should, technically, take care of three of the squares on my card and move me closer to a complete black out. Something I hate is math. A blackout means I don't have to do any. Thanks for pointing that out, CHARLIE215.
Okay, here we go:
Forgive yourself for one thing in your past -
Something that I'm extremely mad at myself for is the way I treated myself and my boys in the first three years of my life as a parent. Looking back, I realize that, emotionally, I was in a very bad place. I'd like to diagnose myself as having post-partum depression but I think my real reason for the way I acted was that I was unhappy BEFORE I got pregnant and did nothing to fix it. So I ate. A lot. And I drank. Often. I folded into myself and tried to pretend that everything was okay but, at one point, I realized that not only did I not love myself but my love for my sons was only "theoretical". Horrible, huh? It took seeing a photo of myself at my second son's first birthday to snap me out of everything. I gave up drinking. I gave up caffeine & soft drinks. I gave up finishing what my two toddlers didn't. I started walking. I separated from my husband. I started caring about myself and then I fell in love with my boys.
I'm in a place now where I do love myself. I definitely love my children. Colin turned 16 yesterday, Logan is 14 and Emily is now 15 months..... they are definitely my entire world. I have to let go of that lingering anger at my younger self. She's gone. She's matured. End of story.
How will your life change when you reach your fitness/weight goal? How will you feel?
Well, this one's kind of easy because I'm where I want to be. I feel awesome. I love the way my body allows me to do pretty much whatever I ask it to do. THAT'S WHAT CHANGED. Hauling my 180 pound former self up the stairs to do laundry used to be a larger chore than the laundry itself. Now, I train for some of my events by running stairs. Lots of them. I don't have a lot of limitations. This is definitely cause for celebration.
Plan your meals for the next week.
Breakfast - cheerios (a 50/50 mix of banana and chocolate flavours), a cup of skim milk, a banana, coffee with cream.
Lunch - I've stocked up on good soup flavours and the winter chill is here this week. I'll be pairing my weekday soups with a sandwich (or half a sandwich depending on the calories in the soup).
Tuesday: Frozen pasta dinner (pre-run) & caesar salad (post-run)
Wednesday: Colin's birthday dinner is at an Italian restaurant. I'm not sure yet what that will be. I'll be watching my calories during the day. At this point, I'm thinking a good slice of authentic pizza and a green salad.
Thursday: Salmon, teriyaki noodles and steamed vegetables.
Friday: Chicken fajitas, mexican rice and salad.
Saturday: (breakfast) Homemade waffles with fruit, bacon & eggs. (lunch) leftovers from the prior weeks meals - TBD. (dinner) beef tacos, southwest salad
Sunday: (breakfast) Oatmeal & a banana. (lunch) soup (dinner) homemade BBQ burgers, yam fries, salad
Wow - that was harder than the "forgive" portion.
Time to watch my dvr'd episode of "Biggest Loser" and get ready for bed. It's going to "feel" like -37 with the windchill in the morning... Joy, oh freakin' joy. Can't wait. Good thing I love my job.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Click on the link to get the details BUT here are the ways in point form:
1. Donít obsess over the scale
2. Slow and steady wins the race
3. Get a team together
4. Understand exercise is more than burning calories
5. Donít be hungry during the day
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
BLC-WIDE WEEKEND CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!
BLC20 was the round of NO EXCUSES and we are jumping right into BLC21 with the same notion. It's time to set aside your excuses and JUST DO IT!! The following "BLC-WIDE WEEKEND CHALLENGE" will run from Friday 1/18 through Monday 1/21.
D: DECIDE to just DO IT. Have a break-through this weekend. Attack anything that has been holding you back. It could be something you fear. Maybe something that makes you feel silly. Something that you think you can't do. Have you told yourself that you're too old/heavy/out of shape to do something? Maybe you've been putting something off for tomorrow, and tomorrow hasn't ever came. Tackle it, DO IT. Need some ideas? Ask on your team chat thread, your teammates may have some ideas that help spark you! Set a goal of 1 obstacle to overcome. Can be done anytime Friday through Monday. One time points awarded. 100 points.
O: OXYGENATE you body. Do your cardio. Do an activity that raises your heart rate and makes you shine with sweat and pride for at least 20 minutes. 25 points per day that you exercise at least 20 minutes. Max points for 4 days = 100.
I: INTERACT. TWO parts to this one - FIRST post on your chat thread with real information about you - what's important to know about you AND SECOND respond to your team members who post. Don't worry, you don't have to reply to EVERY person, just acknowledge or respond to at least some of your teammates. Is there someone that makes you smile? Laugh? Say "me too"? LET THEM KNOW. These connections will help carry you through the next 12 weeks and *beyond*! 25 points per day that you INTERACT on your team chat thread. Max points for 4 days = 100.
T: TRACK your nutrition. It would be great to be able to stay within your calorie range, but the real focus of this weekend is to get familiar with your food tracker (it doesn't matter if you use Spark, an app, or a paper napkin). Knowledge is power. Know what you're eating! You don't have to be perfect to earn points. Log at least 1 meal to earn 10 points. Log every BLT (Bite, Lick, Taste) for the entire day to earn 50 points! Max points for perfect logging for 4 days = 200.
Your captain will let you know how you are to report the challenge points earned for your specific team. PLEASE be timely to ensure that your score counts for your team. Remember, we're not looking for Perfection. We want you to give it your best effort but don't be detoured by an ALL OR NOTHING mentality!
D: One Time Points = ( 100 / 100 )
O: F (25 / 25 ); S ( 25 / 25 ); S ( 25 / 25 ); M ( xx / 25 ) = ( 75 / 100 )
I: F (25 / 25 ); S ( 25 / 25 ); S ( 25 / 25 ); M ( 25 / 25 ) = ( 100 / 100 )
T: F ( 50 / 50 ); S ( 50 / 50 ); S ( 50 / 50 ); M ( 50 / 50 ) = ( 200 / 200 )
Total: ( 475 / 500 )
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