Tuesday, September 23, 2008
...because I feel dumb for having to ask this. A few days ago Breigh asked me if I calculate my calories burned, and I answered that no, I don't. I know a lot of people do calculate this, but I simply don't know how. I have looked into it a few times, but seriously... how am I supposed to know how many minutes each day I've spent walking around vs. sitting vs. standing vs. lying down....etc. So my question is this: How do you calculate the calories you've burned in a day??? What do you do, exactly, and how accurate do you think your method is? And then, what do you do with that information? Do you subtract the calories you ate to see what your calorie deficit is? I've never really understood the whole thing about a 3,500-calorie deficit bringing one pound of weight loss. How can that possibly be true in all situations???
OK, so that was a lot of questions. But if you just answer my first one - how do you calculate the calories you've burned in a day - I'll be happy.
BIG thanks in advance!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I just watched my Sox clinch a spot in the playoffs! Remmy said something about their ups and downs over the season just as I was coming up with a title for this blog.
The thing that has been up and down for me lately is my motivation. I was in such a good place mentally/emotionally for so long...and then work started getting stressful, I stopped having time for full nights of sleep, and I had a couple non-routine days of eating over the weekend. I didn't lose my usual one pound this week (still at 145.0 today) and I've been tired and tempted to skip workouts, laze on the couch, and binge eat. I haven't done it, but the thought has crossed my mind! Danger territory!!!
I must never get complacent about weight management. It will ALWAYS take hard work. My mom and I were emailing each other today and she's really frustrated because after losing LOTS of weight four years ago, it's been slowly creeping back up and she can't figure out why. I told her that weight management, for me, seems to require CONSTANT vigilance, and that what takes weeks of hard work and consistency to accomplish can be undone much more quickly. It's so hard to constantly be on top of this! But it certainly helps to get a full night's sleep every night and to try to make time for myself and eliminate stressors. Easier said than done.
Last night I was tired and hungry by the time we left for the gym. We went too late (around 8:30!!) and I would have said "sure" if Jess had suggested skipping it. But thankfully we went (I had an extra snack first) and since I was too tired to run, I walked instead (4.2 mph with a 3 percent incline - for me this is not exactly slacking off....though it is easier than running) for a half hour. Then, since Jess wanted to bike for a while, I got on a bike next to him and ended up doing that for a half hour too. I can't seem to get my heart rate up very high when I use the recumbant bike - it was only around 90-110. But when I stood up, my legs felt like lead. I find the recumbant bike uncomfortable for my back, butt, and feet. :(
This afternoon the last thing I felt like doing was working out. I was tired and hungry again and just felt like going home and pigging out. I was frustrated about being so hungry even though I've been eating around 2,000 calories a day. I've been so hungry that I've eaten dinner around 3 p.m.!! But, I decided to buy a medium decaf coffee with skim milk on my way to the gym and between that and drinking a lot of water, I had a second wind. My workout actually ended up being great! It was my first time doing my old strength training routine in a while (I'd been going to Body Pump classes instead of strength training on my own for a few weeks) and I liked it. I did chest, back, and abs, and then I stretched and finished up with 20 minutes of interval running - 6.0mph/8.0mph, with my last TWO speed intervals being 8.5 instead of 8.0. I think next time my "rest" intervals should be 6.2 mph instead of 6.0.
When I left the gym I was feeling much more positive. I'm SO glad that I went and didn't get sucked into that horrible vortex of feeling sorry for myself, binge eating, and lying around watching TV. It would be really hard to get back into a positive mindset if I allowed that to happen. Even if I don't feel like going to the gym, I need to at least do a LITTLE workout just to FEEL like I'm still on track. If I'm hungry, I need to have just a LITTLE something, but I should NEVER just eat with abandon. I have had MAJOR problems with those behaviors many times in the past, and I must work to keep them permanently eliminated.
The other day, by the way, I came up with a new goal to work on after my 10K. There is a 5K race in December in the town where I work, and a teacher who runs it each year has been encouraging me to sign up. So my goal will be to really work on my 5K speed and try to get my time down significantly. It's too early to set a specific goal, but in my last 5K race, back in Oct. 2007, I finished in about 29:30. It would be cool to try for 27:00 or so...but I will certainly have to wait and set an appropriate goal once I really start working on it.
PS - I think I need to offically give up on trying to count my calories from the party Sunday. It would be a frustrating experience with just way too much guessing involved.
PPS - I knew I was forgetting something!! I've been meaning to ask you guys for help. (Though I wonder if anyone will actually read far enough to see this question....??? I think I'll put my question in another blog entry. To be continued!)
Monday, September 22, 2008
My Sunday was incredibly busy, just like my Saturday. There was so little time for exercise that I literally got out of my boyfriend's car to do some running while he was having breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. He picked me up on the side of the road 15 minutes later!! And then he dropped me off near home so I could run 25 more minutes the rest of the way. I still haven't had time to figure out my mileage/speed on mapmyrun.
We went to his grandparents 65th wedding anniversary party. I overdid it with the food a bit, especially with the desserts - there was candy and three kinds of cake, and I had a normal-sized portion of each!! Not very smart at all. I wanted small pieces, but there weren't any - I should have just cut little pieces off and left the rest behind. Next time!
To make up for it, I didn't eat anything that night when we got home, and even though I really didn't have time, I went to the gym for an hour (where I completed 10K on the elliptical in 58:30 - that means I was working as hard as I possibly could). I ended up weighing in today at 145.2, so I don't think I did any major damage. And oh well, I've been working hard lately, if every once in a while I want cake, I should be able to eat cake! (Just not three pieces, haha.)
I have been a little stressed lately always feeling like there's no time for anything. I was up doing food prep/planning until 11:30 p.m. last night, which is WAY too late. I didn't have time to try to guesstimate my calories from yesterday, and I didn't have time to plan out all my food for the week, I only did Monday (will have to tweak a bit for the rest of the week.) Today school's been a little stressful too. I've been snapping at my boyfriend lately and really need to stop doing that. He is nothing but sweet to me and never gets moody - he doesn't deserve this. But when I'm rushing around without enough time to do what I need to do and see him having a few minutes to lie on the couch and watch football, I get jealous. It's not his fault though. I will work on being sweeter to him.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Ugh, last night I was plagued with heartburn. The two times I've had it in the past month were the two times I went out to eat! I bet that's probably the cause. However, I did have 4 coffees yesterday (please forgive me, it's my one vice these days) and 2 apples...I don't know, but yuck. Between the coffee, the heartburn, and people yelling and honking at each other after the nightclub next door closed at 2 a.m. last night (my boyfriend lives in an AWFUL neighborhood! hopefully he'll sell this place soon), I didn't get a great night's sleep.
This morning the scale read all kinds of different numbers, as high as 145.2 and as low as 143.8. But it said 143.8 the most, and that is the most pleasant (lowest it's been yet! well, THIS time) so I'm going with that. :)
Almost time for a run!!!!!!!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wow, what a busy day it's been! Please don't think I'm crazy - this morning I decided it would be really fun to try three classes at the gym in a row. 9 a.m. Zumba, 10 a.m. Body Pump (where I lift the lightest weights in the whole class, even lighter than the weights the old ladies use?!), and 11 a.m. Body Combat (kind of like cardio kickboxing). After that, I read a magazine on a recumbant bike for 15 minutes while waiting for my boyfriend to finish his workout (he had arrived while I was in class at 11:15).
Then we went shopping. I found a couple styles of jeans I wanted to try on. One I grabbed in a 9 and 7, the other I took in an 8 and 6. So first I tried on the 8s and they were too big. Then I tried on the 6 - and they were too big, too!! So I called out for my boyfriend to get me a 4, and even though they're very slightly tight, I got them. I think they'll fit perfectly when I lose two more pounds. I have bought size 4 pants before, but these are my first size 4 jeans. Anyway, after feeling all cool about that, I went and tried on the size 7 jeans and couldn't even get them on, and the 9s were tight. Women's sizes make no sense!! I get it that odds are juniors sizes, but shouldn't a 7 be bigger than a 4? Anyway, I didn't really even like them - they had huge bell bottoms. I like my size 4 jeans...they are the darkest jeans I've ever bought so they kinda look fancy for jeans. And I really like the tag inside that says "4" on it, heeheehee!! I have been singing the "I bought size 4 jeans" song ever since.
Anyway, after a few more errands we went out for dinner. I was soooooo hungry even after having a few extra snacks - an extra apple and a skim decaf latte. I had the grilled chicken and artichoke salad with the basil vinaigrette dressing on the side, and a Pelligrino (sp?) sparkling water. I didn't even consider eating any of the bread. Anyway, my salad was DELICIOUS but I wasn't expecting it to come drenched in parmesan cheese. I ate the whole thing, but slowly, putting down my fork between bites and taking sips of my water like they say you're supposed to. I guess I was pretty convincing with the fork down thing too, because the busboy tried to take my plate away at one point. I told him I wasn't done, but I keep wondering whether I should have just let him take it because by the time I finished the whole thing I was full. Not the most stuffed ever, but much more FULL than I'm used to feeling these days. I didn't like the feeling any more than I liked the feeling of being too hungry a few minutes earlier!! I am trying to figure out what I'd do next time because my boyfriend keeps saying I need to learn to manage my weight in the real world. Maybe I should have split the thing in two and eaten half tomorrow. It's really tough for me not knowing how many calories it had. Jess is telling me not to worry about it, but if I knew, I think I could figure out how much of it I should have eaten at once. Knowledge is power! We guessed it had 600-800 calories, but when I tried to choose the closest items off the SP nutrition database, it ended up being far fewer than that, so I really don't know. I'm sure my sodium was high though, and tomorrow's weigh-in might be affected. I usually look forward to my one weekend weigh-in on Jess' scale, because I weigh the lowest all week then. Oh well. It's just one meal.
Tomorrow, though, we're going to a catered party. I am actually glad it's going to be buffet, so I can take just what looks like a good amount for me. I know I will make healthy choices. I think I am beyond the point where I don't fully trust myself to make the right choice. I've worked too hard and come too far for to be tempted to mess it all up. But it'll be the second day in a row where I really will have no idea about my calorie count.
By the way, last night I played around with my goal weight and amount of exercise to see how my recommended calorie ranges would change. When I entered what I fully expect to happen - which is that I will reach 140 in a month - but kept my cardio at 60 minutes per day, my range went way down lower than I want it to be. When I entered that I wanted to reach 140 in a month but did 120 minutes of cardio a day, it went to 1,600-2,000. When I did 145 as a goal weight in a month (i.e. keeping my weight the same) and 120 minutes of cardio a day, my calorie range was too high, about 2,200-2,500. So in the end I did 145 as a goal and 60 minutes of cardio, and that kept my calorie range about the same as it was - about 1,900-2,200.
Today I weighed 144.6...
I finally bought a new HRM watch - my old one died over a month ago. My new one looks just like my old one but the box said it counts calories burned...haven't had time to investigate. I'm looking forward to using it for an hour-long run tomorrow morning before the party.
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