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Calorie BURN!!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Soooo.... I started tracking my excercise at gripiron.com since it gives an estimated calorie burn for Strength Training excercises, and with me doing the big MAKING THE CUT program that's mainly what I'm focusing on, so I wanted an idea of how it might compare to my usual workouts.

Including the additional cardio I've done so far this week I'm at about 1350 burned so far. A little over half of that has been from my cardio.

But I THINK this might be inaccurate because it doesn't account for the fact that I'm doing these things consecutively and also it doesn't have some of the most heartpounding things -- like Squat Thrusts and Burpies and whatnot. But even so -- I'd only need to burn about 450 more calories to reach my weekly goal of 1800 calories as I have it set in my SparkPeople plan currently.

SO! Tomorrow morning is Day 12 of the program, which according to my entries the other day burns about 186 calories (I think this one is LOW). I know if I get some time on the Arc Trainer as well, I can come close.

This Saturday is a church trip to the temple in Birmingham and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED. I've been counting down the days ever since I found out. It'll be my first time doing something with the ladies from church outside of Sunday meetings, and even though it's not really a huge SOCIAL event, we have to carpool and are meeting to have breakfast beforehand and everything so I'm really looking forward to making some friendships and also getting that awesome SPIRITUAL RECHARGE! :)

I've never been to the temple in Birmingham, AL either. Only Atlanta and Orlando. So I'm excited about that aspect as well.

Well, that's about it for now. I am not doing too hot on sodium today. See... there's this thing I like called BEEF JERKY. Oh man. It's the sodium devil. But it's low in fat and calories and high in protein and I really need that sometimes. And the chewiness and protein factor help me feel like I'm really getting full. I need to find a good thing to replace beef jerky with.

P.S. -- Edited to add picture and link to the fitness gadget device of my dreams. *sigh* I commented back to Lindsay about it on her page and wanted to mention it here. Yes, it would be nice. I can't see myself getting a cheaper one knowing this one exists, so I keep waiting to be able to get this one. All I need is $220.00 extra somehow... ;)

P.P.S. -- ALSO! I am looking at a Timex Ironman Monitor that's $50 on amazon.com that looks pretty solid. A bit cheaper than the plainest of the Polar HRM's... so maybe I can sell the DH on $50. :) hahaha.

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CAROL_HOORAH 3/7/2008 8:58PM

    lol i hope to goodness i'm not at this weight for a month!!!!! i had my bf hide the peanut butter tonight because i'm really struggling with feelings of bingeing, but he gave me a pep talk and i've had some grapes so i'm feeling better now. ANYWAY! Could you send me a sparkmail or msg on my page about what your current workout routine is?? I think you're kicking my butt workout wise, and since we're so similar in bodies it would be great for me to know.

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    Wow! awesome goals. Keep it up! I have a polar that I got for my birthday last year and I LOVE IT. Totally worth the cash. You will use it almost everyday, and you feel so much more in control of your workouts. Make it a priority - you won't regret it!

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SAPOROUS 3/7/2008 1:23PM

    I use Nike Plus and I absolutely LOVE IT! Of course, if you don't already have a Nano, then it's probably more expensive than the watch. If you do have a Nano, it's only about 30 bucks.

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LINDSAY060708 3/6/2008 7:15PM

    You may want to get a heart rate monitor, even for MTC. It is priceless. Regardless of what exercise you are doing it tells you exactly (based on your heart rate) how many calories you are burning. YOu would be suprised how much a MTC circuit burns! I love it, and now am a bit obsessed, because it tells me exactly how I am burning, and how I should be eating to make myself perform better! I bet you are burning way more calories than you think! For instance, Today I did day 11, and my heart rate monitor told me I burned 630ish. Just for the circuit too...so, that helps you keep track(especially when we are burpyiing and squat thrusting away.) It helps you see, wow, these degrading movements are really worth it!

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Today's weigh-in

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Well!!! Today had me down even more! Had to weigh for Gamers Fit Biggest Loser Challenge, and glad I did.

Doing pretty good on sodium. Actually ate Bacon and Eggs this morning. :) I bought some lower sodium bacon at the store. I made a bacon/egg wrap using this awesome "Lavash" bread. It's got flax in it and whatnot. Anyway, I was very happy with it. My lunch is a bit small but I ate a lot this morning, so I haven't been hungry.

My workout went well yesterday. I did not do any extra cardio because yesterday KICKED MY BUTT! :) hahahaha. It was good. My upper body is nice and sore for the first time since starting Making the Cut. Last week was all about my legs being sore. My upperbody was a little -- but in comparison it was nothing.

Those Pike Crunches were... impossible for me. I dunno if the ab part would be hard or not, but I could not get BALANCED on that stability ball out in pushup position with it below my ankles. The instructions have you rolling your body down the ball until it's under your ankles... well I did that a lot. And fell over a lot. :) And then I said -- well. I guess that's going to count. Because it was working me out in a different kind of a way. :P I look forward to trying this again and again though until I can get it.

Annnnnd I felt awesome working out in the "boys" part of the gym over with the cable equipment stations and whatnot. NO GIRLS are EVER over there. Oh except me. Cause I'm awesome. ;) HAHAHAHAA.

Those last pictures of my dress came out awful. It was too dark in the room... I'll try to take some again sometime. I'm wearing it today but it's too late already. The lighting will be awful again. :P

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KACHAFFE82 3/5/2008 6:43PM

    YAY YOU! I like working out in the guys area..... when I know what I am doing! :) Good for you doing so well with the MTC. I had stacked off, but starting it back up tonight. I will have to be a modified program because on Fridays and Saturdays I'll be with my fitness guy (i finally called him back for this coming weekend). I will have some catching up to do with you doing so well with it! And yes... You ARE awesome!!

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CATIATM 3/5/2008 6:35PM

    This workout sounds pretty major. I think I'd finish in a puddle! But hey, sweat is just my fat cells crying, right? ;-p

You know, I recently purchased a bodybugg and blogged about my experience with it. I don't know if it's right for you, but it is a pretty amazing little gadget. (and no, I don't work for them! ;-) It's something to think about.

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Today's Weigh-In

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Well -- it's down 1lb from yesterday morning. Perhaps it could be even lower later... ? But my body fat % is down! :) WOOHOO!!! not by much, but .2% down from last week. SO YAY.

I also did some cardio last night after Making The Cut workout. I hope to continue this throughout the program now that I've overcome my initial ridiculous soreness. :) Today has a lot of interesting new things for me to try, but looks like I'll be able to complete everything. I'm intimidated about doing some of these things on the strength training floor, but I'm going for it anyway. The thing I'm most nervous about are the "Pike Crunches"

Description from "Making the Cut":

From a kneeling position, place your abdomen on a body ball and roll the body along the ball until your ankles rest on the top of the ball. Your shoulders should be aligned directly over your hands. Contracting your abdominal muscles, exhale and pull the ball forward using your legs. As your glutes rise, keep your upper body stable so that your shoulders stay algined with your hands. In the finished position, your toes should be resting on the ball. Return to the starting position. Repeat.

This just sounds like such a MANEUVER. Things like -- pull this weight this way -- are much easier for me to comprehend. It sounds really cool, though. Just not sure I can pull it off.

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MISSWASHUU 3/5/2008 8:52AM

    *snicker* it's more of a *concept* than a maneuver at this stage. once perfected we can call it a maneuver :D *giggle* sorry. The maneuver comment made me think of an Eddie Izzard skit about maneuvers. Gratz on the body fat loss. You've gotten past the fist stage. I've no doubt at all you can do this one!

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CATIATM 3/4/2008 3:30PM

    WHOOO hooo on the % Fat loss! That is terrific!

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AMUNET_RA 3/4/2008 3:18PM

    Yay on the body fat % drop! I'm going to have to check out your 'making the cut' team! Looks interesting!

My bathing suit cost me about $70. I'm swimming about 5 times a week now, so I need a fairly good one. I'd have bought 2, but I'm hoping to be a size smaller by the time this one wears out! I've got a few more picked out for my Vegas holiday! :-)

Keep up the great work Dana, you're SUCH an inspiration to me!


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Monday, March 03, 2008

The stupid scale is killing me. :P

I know it's probably due to my not so awesome choices on some days recently and also the high sodium dinner on Saturday night...

Also I ate some of other people's desserts. Not a ton, but I know it put me over because my planning only left me about a 100 cal buffer.

BUT!!! I went grocery shopping yesterday. I made sure to get some "treat" type items. Here is my theory -- if I'm not making us eat 100% healthy 100% of the time, maybe the urge to eat out and splurge will decrease??? I'm hoping. Not that we were eating "100%" before, but we didn't really have safe splurges in the house either. There were no real snacks or anything.

I bought my DH a separate dinner last night of some "bad" foods as a splurge for him, and then talked to him some more about the plan. He agrees with my theory and he's also going to work on talking about all the junk food he wants to eat all the time. :P DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!

The other part of my plan is to do more cardio this week. Last week, starting Making the Cut, I was too sore to do ANYTHING the first few days. Then I didn't have a lot of time on the other days, except for Saturday I did do the 15 min of cardio after the program that she suggests.

Since I'll be working the morning to afternoon shift on MT now, I'll have more time when I go to the gym in the evening to add extra cardio after I finish Making the Cut. :P That's the plan anyway. And then I can go on Saturdays separate from my Making the Cut schedule. We'll see. I don't want to get burned out. But I'm going to do it if I can.

Today's workout plan has a WHOLE LOT of "perform repetitions to muscle failure." OH JOY! HAHAHAHAHA So all of my muscles should be totally failing today. WHOOPEE!

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NATURALLYME126 3/3/2008 11:15PM

    Good luck lady! Hope that scale gets to moving for you soon. ;)

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KACHAFFE82 3/3/2008 7:57PM

    I think your theory. I always say, "everything in moderation... even moderation!" That's why it's okay to eat something not so healthy. It's better to eat a few little junky foods verses a big freak out weekend of pound cake and mello yello! ;)

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SLCOLMAN 3/3/2008 4:24PM

    Sounds like the plan is evolving as it needs to! Good luck :) I know you will continue to have the success you desire!

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KIMBERLYQ 3/3/2008 12:57PM

    It is GREAT that you recognize that something needs to change (ie make sure to have low cal sweets) and are doing something about it! That in itself is a huge step towards success. You are doing an AMAZING job...keep up the great work!

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LIFEANDALL 3/3/2008 11:55AM

    I like it. You've got a plan and it makes sense to me. The thing I like is how you are logically approaching the problem. If you make something too restrictive the chances of it being long-term are slim. You are on your way to seeing some better numbers.

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MISS_BETH12 3/3/2008 10:08AM

    I think that's a great plan! I always have some sort of low-cal treats in the house. In fact, I have at least 1 daily and they easily fir into my range. Good for you for coming up with a plan!

That's awesome that you'll have more time to spend at the gym now. My schedule this week is awesome, I can go to the gym 5-6 days this week! Woohoo!

Good job on talking to hubby. I'm glad he's going to work on some things! :D

Sounds like things are looking up!


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DIZZYKITTY 3/3/2008 9:42AM

    Ah, I work by the treat theory! I have some sweet cereal bars, and fun size chocolate bars that I work into my calories everyday if I'm getting cravings, and I have to admit that it has helped so hope it does the same for you!

The scale is my enemy right now too. I'm desperate to meet my goal of 142lbs by Easter Sunday but it's not looking likely *sigh*, ah well, I just hope I lose SOMETHING this month!!

Good luck x

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

So, I had a subway Veggie Delite sandwich for dinner last night. It's eating out, but as far as eating out goes that has to be pretty freaking good. :P So I'm counting myself as being good yesterday.

Today we're going to meet my in-laws for her birthday. We're going to Ted's Montana Grill. I forgot to mention that last Friday we went to Chili's and I partook of an Awesome Blossom -- never had one before so I had to try it. Definitely ate way too much food that night. My meal was not so bad -- a steak, veggies, some mashed potatoes (avoided the gravy). But it was too large in portion and I ate all of it. Then there was the pizza this week. Then Subway last night (although I think that was ok). It's just frustrating because I've been feeling like my DH is causing a spiral out of control, I have to say NO alllll the time, so sometimes I say yes and it doesn't turn out so hot.


I recognized this after Wednesday. Last night I was saying no until he suggested Subway because I KNEW I could be good there and track it accordingly. Ted's Montana Grill has very detailed nutrition information, so I've already pre-selected my meal -- which will be GREAT -- and planned the rest of my day around it.

So far so good! Just had my first food item of the day -- a yogurt.

My sodium is going to be high today, just because that's the one thing it's VERY difficult to lower when eating out. There are just so few options that are low sodium for dining out and I usually do NOT want the one or two items that fit the bill. But I did try and I think it could be a lot worse -- today's going to be about 3200 mg. (I think...) I finally added the sodium tracker to my nutrition tracker. The trick is going to be to make sure all of my favorites have sodium added in them. I know a lot of times previously when entering items I just did cal/fat/carb/protein. Maybe fiber. But I often omitted sodium. So I'll have to go through and make sure those numbers are accurate so I'm not getting any "freebies". I haven't tracked sodium until now, just always kindof looked at things and said -- oh no way I'm eating that, it's way too high in sodium, and ok that's fine it's low enough. But never looked at my totals until now. :) Today's the WRONG DAY to START looking at totals. HAHAHAA

But at least it should get better after today!

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MISS_BETH12 3/2/2008 5:53PM

Subway is a good choice for eating out. I can understand your feeling like things with hubby are out of control eating-wise. Is there any way you can eat out less? Like we only eat one once or twice a month. It's really helped me stay on track. Maybe it's something you need to talk to him about if you feel like it's getting out of control.

OMG don't talk to me about sodium! LOL My sodium is almost always high. I don't really know how to get it down either; I never use the salt shaker. It's in all the other seasonings I use and I try to be careful. Ah well, I'm working on it.

Sounds like things are getting better! Keep up the good work!


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SLCOLMAN 3/1/2008 7:42PM

    Enjoy your dinner out!!

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KIMCATUS 3/1/2008 2:43PM

    Ugh eating out is the bane of my existence...and that freaking sodium...man what a PITA!! Hey some days we make great choices, some days we don't and we just have to get over it and move on. The Veggie Delight is a great (and yummy) choice...good for you!

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KACHAFFE82 3/1/2008 11:51AM

    Honey, if I know I am going to be eating out... My sodium is off the charts!! I hate it... but I know not the weigh for a day or two and drink some serious water to flush it out. ALSO, I have been craving that veggie delite at Subway... SO GOOD! Subway is my favorite sandwich shop for a fabulous vegan sandwich. GOOD CHOICE! I think I am going to get one today... you've put i tin my head! :)

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CATIATM 3/1/2008 10:21AM

    I have no idea why it double posted. I guess I just like you that much! ;-p

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CATIATM 3/1/2008 10:21AM

    Forget keeping up with you in the gym -- I can't even keep up with you on your page! You are the Blog Queen! *laughter*

Good for you for being responsible when eating out and planning ahead, and recognizing portion control. You're really firing on all cylinders these days, lady. Whoo hoo for you!

Sodium is a biggie, and I added it to my tracker a while back. There are days when I'm do great in all the regular categories, but then the sodium levels are too high. It definitely affects weight loss.

Have a great weekend!

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