Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This morning, I woke up especially early. For some reason, my son woke up and started screaming in the hallway and wanted me to tuck him in again, just the way mom does it. No, he couldnít have mom do it. He wanted dad to do it the way mom does it. Go figure. I tried to go back to sleep, but because of some kind of nasty bug going around, I couldnít sleep. So, Iíve been up since about 2:30 a.m. What does the normal person do? Who canít sleep at 2:30 a.m. and who was fighting off a cold? Iím not sure, because I was exercising. I figured, might as well get it in now, that way I can go to bed earlier tonight (theoretically speaking). It wasnít so bad after I gurgled some salt water, did some exercises, and took a shower.
Now, before I started all that exercise, I did my usual morning weigh-in. Today, Mr. Wii Fit gave me a high-five (ok, maybe not), but it did tell me I was now below 250. This means I have officially crossed the 40 pound lost mark! I have a few more to go, but it is a milestone. And, it got me another trophy in SparkPeople. In reflection to this point so far, I have learned quite a lot on here. Here are just a few of the things I have learned and want to keep doing:
1. If youíre hungry, exercise more. I donít know about you all, but I like to eat. Iím not happy with eating 3 crackers and a piece of low cal cheese. I want food and lots of it. I like the taste, I like the texture, I like the action. Funny thing is, now that Iím eating healthier, I actually crave healtheir foods. Someone offered me celery yesterday and I almost jumped out of my seat. My wife brought hope bananas and I said, ďthis made my dayĒ. Crazy, right? However, eating healthy alone wonít cut it. Sure, if you do it in limited and controlled portions. But, as I said, I like to eat. So, I monitor my activity to make sure it covers what I eat. Which brings me toÖ
2. Check your goals constantly. Iím talking about two main goals here. One is the weight loss goal, which is found on the start page. The other is the cardio goal, which is found on the fitness page. I constantly update my goal when I lose weight. I then check my goals on the fitness page to make sure Iím burning what they say Iím burning. By updating both of these goals, the calorie range moves up and down on the nutrition tracker. If I increase how many calories I want to burn for the week, so does my alotment of calories on the tracker. Simple math. However, it is too much for me to figure out, so I rely on the gusinessness of sparkpeople to guide me.
3. Have fun. If I want to make this a lifelong experience, I got to enjoy it. Kind of simple, not too much to explain. But, it brings me to my last highlightÖ
4. Make your home a gymÖand join it. People say they need to join the gym, etc. Iím all for that. But what works for me is making my home a gym. Now, I donít have space for equipment. Not even an exercise bike. I have a Wii board, which slides under the couch. Some resistence bands, and a balance ball that doubles as a chair. This sets me up for what I call ďthe no excuse zoneĒ. (you ever hear another gym say ďno judgement zoneĒ?) Remember me saying I was sick and up early this morning? During that time, I burned about 500 caloriesÖ.
So, that is about all I wanted to highlight now. Who knows, maybe Iíll have more at my 50 pound mark. Seems like Iím always learning something new here on SparkPeople. Either from the articles or from the members.
Thanks to everyone for their support! Without you, I wouldnít be able to push along in this journey. You all mean the world to me!
Monday, October 18, 2010
So there is one drawback to walking to work in the morning, before the sun rises. Well, it may be a benefit, depending on how you look at it. Because of the season, more and more people are putting up their Halloween decorations. I think this is pretty cool because people are doing some amazing decorating. However, when I'm walking in the morning, I'm sometimes caught by surprise by new decorations. The ones that were either left on all night or that I catch a glimpse of in the streetlights.
The first one that got me to jump was this body coming out of the ground. They had set up a graveyard with one body coming up Michael Jackson style. Another one was a limb hanging out of the back of a car. The other was this morning. It was a giant blow up cat. Seemed normal to me...until its head started to move and smile at me.
Who knows, maybe I'm burning some extra calories from all the jumping I'm doing. Usually I'm not that big of a wuss, but I actually jumped on all three occasions. This is coming from a guy that likes haunted houses and scary movies. But something about walking to work, I'm not really expecting to see things move or body parts, etc.
Speaking of walking to work, I'm really enjoying my walks. Before work, during work, after work. In the rain, in the sun, or in the wind. Each experience brings something fresh and special to me. Hey, I can't complain. If I get addicted to this it would be a wonderful thing.
Happy Sparking Everyone! And have a great Halloween...just try not to eat too many of those Snickers.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I was watching The Biggest Loser the other day and was wondering why I didn't have their determination. I mean, yeah, they have a coach cursing and yelling at them till they puke. Literally, one dude went outside to chuck out his breakfast, right there in the middle of their three hour circuit training course. And even during that training, they weren't taking it lightly. The trainer kept pushing them harder and harder. No breaks....at least not shown on TV.
Thankfully, I ran across this article on sparkpeople:
I didn't think about the breaks they took while I was watching it. Probably because they didn't show them; drinking water, stopping to catch their breath, getting checked out by the on site doctors and trainers, etc. They also didn't show what they did to rest after or before that crazy workout. And even about that workout, something tells me that maybe you don't have to work out until you puke. Shouldn't getting fit and in shape be something that is fun??
Now, I'm not totally dissing the show. It is pretty amazing and has inspired many people to get fit. Here are some good lessons, from another sparkpeople article, that we can get from the show:
So, everything in balance, I suppose. This is why I don't run everyday. Today, I did some light training on Wii Fit and plan to clean the house. It may not burn the 700 calories an hour that running does, but that slow calories burn may actually help fat burn. I'll probably be cleaning a couple of hours. Something I'm actually looking forward to. (Parents coming soon..lol)
As I'm "taking it easy" today, I'm going to be thinking about how many calories I'm burning...spending time with the kids and reaping the benefits of a clean house & yard.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Hope you are ready for this; I am sitting down at the end of a busy day and I have no clue what I'm about to write. So, buckle up, it's going to be a wild and crazy ride. A little of this, a dash of that, and a sprinkle of whatever.
Not sure if you saw my blog from yesterday, but my intention is to drop my calorie burn rate down and drop the amount of food I eat down. Why? Because I'm going too fast and too much. Great, right? Well, I'm looking for something I can hold onto for the rest of my life. Not some flash in the pan, hey look at me now, type of thing. Praise the Lord for the Biggest Loser, but I don't really want to be the biggest loser. Don't get me wrong, I still get all emotional and stressed and crazy if I'm not losing, but I don't want to melt my muscle along with the fat. But, mainly, I want something I can sustain.
So today, I started out thinking I am just going to soak my foot, rub some Ben Gay on it, and watch a movie. Did that happen? No. What happened? I got paid yesterday. WhoHoo! A weekend of some spending money before the bill monsters come wipe it away. So, I got Just Dance 2 and a bunch of groceries. Started out this morning playing Just Dance and kept going and going. What a fun game! For some reason, I scored very high on "It's Raining Men". Go figure, but that is beside the point. Then, I went for a run. Some walking, some dancing, some walking, some dancing. So about 2.5 hours and 1200 calories burned later, I'm soaking my foot and rubbing Ben Gay on it.
Now, back to the groceries. A couple of days back, you would find me sneaking into conference rooms at work and seeing if they had left over bananas. Hey, I got to keep this eat 5 fruits and veggies streak alive! Today, I'm kind of pigging out. Thankfully nothing too terrible is around the house. I've been munching on peanuts, fiber this and fiber that, and veggies, and fruit, etc. Overall, about 200-300 calories over my limit. However, this limit was based on a 850 calorie activity burn. So not too bad.
However...(famous dot dot dot), I sucked up about 50 grams of fiber. My range should be 25-30 grams. Haha. You can probably guess the rest. I'm actually not too please about this, because all those precious vitamins I've been trying to get out of my foot were just flushed down the toilet. I'm thinking I get plenty of fiber from my fruits and veggies that I don't need to go for the "mega fiber" enhanced cereal or snack bars. They do taste good though.
Well, I better spare you all the rest. I'm off to play some sparkpeople trivia. I really want to get one of those trophies one of these months. lol, not this month though. Right now I'm hovering around 60 percent right. Ugh.
Good night and happy sparking you all!
Friday, October 15, 2010
OK, after my semi-popular bean carry exercise, I thought I would post another one for your reading pleasure. I call it, the Ream Press. Iím at work, printing out lots of paper. Personally, some days I think we need to go back to typewriters and doing things by hand. Somehow, these computers make producing paperwork too easy. But, anyhow, that is beside the point. I managed to work through a good chunk of a ream of paper and had to go get some refill. The paper is kept down the hall a bit. So, I bounce up from my chair and go fetch. Today is my upper body strength training day, so I start lifting the ream up and down on one arm. Then I do the other arm. It felt pretty good. Then, one of the top bosses happened to be walking around and waved at me. Haha, I guess he thought I was waving. Oh well, broke the ice and made him smile.
In another note, I picked up Just Dance 2 for the Wii last night. In case you canít tell from my posts, I am in squirrel mode. Iím gathering up my workout ammunition for the winter. I need lots of various options to keep me pumping away, even if there is ice down my street. I got Coach Nicoleís DVD, Jillian Michaels, free stuff from my cable provider, youtube, Wii games, etc. I still plan to get outside as much as possible, but I donít want to give my excuses to not exercise. Even if there is a power outage, I think I have a few of Coach Nicoleís routines memorized from sparkpeople videos.
Anyhow, back to Just Dance 2. It is good stuff. Better scoring and better menu system than the first one. To me, it is a lot more fun to have my own score to compete against and see improvement. The dances have a lot more movement to them, so more exercise. Some are tough, but can be learned over time; at least it seems. Plus, you can now download songs. The first song, from Katy Perry, is offered as a free download. At first, I was kind of upset there wasnít a calorie counter in there, like they advertised. However, the sweat meter does a pretty good job of letting you know what kind of effort youíre putting in.
And on a totally separate note, for those who might think Iím superman, not quite. A few days back I posted about burning off 1500 calories. 1000 of those are accounted for in my daily eating total. The following day, I was feeling it. I ate over 1000 above my range and that isnít counting the beer and Kit Kat that I didnít track. I did pretty good about tracking all the extra crap I shoveled in though. I think what also killed me was eating a couple of sugary things in the morning. Nothing wrong with this, by itself, but it was a one-two punch that sucked up my calories and didnít give me the nutrients my body needed after a big day of working out. The other thing that killed it was staying up too late. Just surfing the net. So being a little tired has an impact on my appetite levels too.
So, back on it today. Feeling strong and feeling like Iím doing good making adjustments that I feel I can maintain. I may lower my calorie burn range that I have targeted for a daily basis. As I lose weight, so does my average calorie burn. Iíll increase the intensity in some workouts, but I donít think I can keep doing that daily. Maybe every other day. Sorry, doing a little typing out loud thinking here.
OK folks, happy sparking. Keep me posted on your weekend activities. I want to see some movement!
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