Thursday, April 08, 2010
I reached every one of my daily goals today (except, so far, for posting a blog!). I don't know what set me up for such success, but in recording it I've reached my last goal!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Now that Iím walking at least an additional mile a day, if not two or more, Iíve been fretting about not seeing the weight melt off like Iíd expected. I keep thinking, ďGeez, my summer clothes feel tight, and Iím up 7 pounds from last summerís weight. And I donít know why, Ďcause Iím doing all this walking! Wah! Wah!"
Well, my friends, there is a rational explanation for all things ...
I ran a calorie differential report, over time, starting with last summer and ending now, and guess what? At some point along the line, I consciously decided to maintain at a higher weight by increasing my calorie consumption, and then I proceeded to get nice and comfortable with that. Meanwhile, I forgot that I did it. However, the calorie differential report shows the calorie increase as clear as day.
Moral of the story: There are no huge mysteries to weight gain or loss. Everything comes down to calories ingested and calories burned. And Spark can help you solve any apparent mysteries, as long as you keep using the trackers faithfully.
Friday, March 26, 2010
If it weren't for several of my SparkFriends reading my weight-loss rants and gently urging me to look at more than just my weight on the scale, asking me how my clothes fit, how I felt, how my muscle tone was, I don't think it would have dawned on me that, even though I eat healthy, have a low weight, walk three miles a day, do pushups, weights, and flexibility exercises, I'm not aerobically fit. Every once in a while, one needs an attitude adjustment, with a little help from your friends and a new routine. I might even stop worshiping the scale so much now, and start looking at overall aerobic fitness and muscle tone.
Many thanks especially to the intrepid DDHEART, RWETHAIRYET, MORTICIAADDAMS, CATHERINEW3, HJFOGARTY, and YARDWALKER. You might not have known you were pushing and motivating me, but you were! (I nominated those of you who weren't already "SparkPeople Motivators.") All my other friends, I love you dearly, too. We're in the same boat together, and if you ever need a boost, those ladies should be among your go-to girls!
Now I'll stop before this becomes an embarrassing Oscars moment like Sally Field's! It's only a pedometer, after all.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Well, today was my first day wearing a pedometer, and the dang thing prompted me to make some BIG changes in my routine. This week, I was aiming to walk just 1 more mile a day to give my metabolism a boot in the patoot. By the end of today, wearing the pedometer, I was aware of a lot more than just that mile. Mainly, I realized that I wasn't getting ANY aerobic activity. After checking recommended daily aerobic activity for weight loss or maintenance, I set myself a new goal of 45 aerobic minutes, 5 days a week. So I both walked the dog AND had aerobic walks, for a (shockingly astounding!) total of:
10,034 aerobic steps / 90 minutes
It helped that I was working at home today and had that little bit of extra time!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Now that Iíve started wearing a pedometer, Iíve had some AHA moments:
- Iím not burning as many calories in a one-mile walk as Iíd thought. No wonder I need to walk more than 3 miles a day to see any change!
- Iím getting ZERO aerobic benefit from walking Dingo. Even though we walk briskly for part of the time, it isnít continuous enough for the pedometer to even register it as aerobic activity. So I need to do something about that. Like add at least one good walk every day sans dog, which I just did and it felt great!
Thereís no other way I can get aerobic activity, other than hard laborócanít run because of arthritis, canít afford a gym, no room for machines in the house and hate them anyway, no bike. (However, getting a used bike and actually riding it would mean overcoming a big fear Ö hmmmm. Do you think a person can ride a bike completely swathed in padding?)
All of which proves that itís a good thing to change things up every once in a while!
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