Saturday, May 31, 2008
So I was getting a but nostalgic this morning and reading my VERY FIRST BLOG entries this morning. :) I got up to when I met my first goal.
Check it out!
This is from March 2007:
"I set a tentative short term goal to be below 270 by April. I figured it was a good idea since everyone else seemed to have short term goals too.
Anyway! WOW I DID IT!! :) I saw the 269 number for the first time ever last week and this morning I weighed in at 268.5. WOOHOO!!! :) That's a little over 20 lbs gone! I can't even believe it! I am a bit wary because I just got over being sick and I'm hoping that I didn't lose weight because of being sick, only to gain it back. But I haven't been able to go to the gym since last Monday. I think I will be good to go on Wednesday finally!! I can't believe I now miss going to the gym! :) hahahaha.
Anyway, I just wanted to document my first EVER met goal! I'm psyched! Even though I'm slightly ahead of my goal curve, I'm still setting my goals based on the long run pace so that if I come across any plateaus I don't get bummed. According to the pace I should weigh in on June 4th at 250. So that's going to be my next short term goal -- 250 by June.
Just imagine -- when I get there, I will have lost FORTY FREAKING POUNDS!!! And I have confidence I can make it, too! :)"
I'm really amazed that I was able to have such a positive attitude almost throughout this entire process -- it's not that it wasn't hard at times, but even at the beginning I was psyched about every little thing. HAHAHAHA. I was reading my entries and I was like -- yeah!!! I burned 334 calories today! WOOHOO! -- stuff like that. :) It's really been key to my success I think. To focus on the positive and keep working to improve myself in little ways -- at first it was about increasing time or incline on the treadmill. I was reading one of my beginning entries about how I was walking at a higher speed and incline than usual and kept it up for a certain period and then had to slow it down to get my breathing back and stuff. :D Now it's hard to imagine a type of walking that would require too much recovery for me, but the point is, I was challenging myself even when the challenge was something small.
ANYWAY! Just wanted to remember those beginning months and write a bit about it. It's always refreshing when you remember that perspective of how far you've come. It's easy to get so focused on the future that we forget our progress.
Friday, May 30, 2008
So I went to the gym this morning to pre-register for that course and I think I must have been the first one because everyone was like, "HUH?" And then when I finally got to the right people, they were like, oh, that? It's not in the system yet... but it was supposed to be but it should be soon, let me get your name and I'll make sure you get in and we'll contact you if there are any changes. SO WOOHOO!! I guess I'm bound to be in. Minimum participants is 4 so I hope at least 3 other people sign up!!!
Indiana Jones was... fun. I have to say there are things I didn't like about it, but because some people told me they hated it and other things about it, I was prepared for it to be really awful and it wasn't. :) hahahaha. So I enjoyed it even though I shook my head through certain parts.
Went to iHOP afterward and I got the Harvest Grain n Nut Pancakes w/ Apple Compote and Whipped Topping. SO GOOD. I definitely did not eat all of them, though -- I only ate two of the four pancakes, and DH finished off the rest. The nutrition facts for the pancakes themselves are available online and I estimated for the compote and whipped topping.
5/29: (1950+605) - 1570 = 985
5/26-5/29 = 3266, Average/Day = 816.5
I think I will most definitely hit the 3500 today, which means all I would need to do this weekend is eat up to my BMR and relax. ;) HAHAHA But I'm not going to do that. I'm going to do a run tomorrow if at all possible! And if not -- Sunday. We may be going out of town to visit my in-laws. They have a nice neighborhood so I may go run around it.
Got in my final SHRED this morning and sent it back to Netflix. :D 3x Shred this week, got my 2x Bike+Swim already -- just 1 more run and I will close out May with my May goals complete. OH!!! I guess I have to run tomorrow then to be accurate. ;) hahahaha.
Today so far:
(1950+224) - 1050 = 1124
Will probably eat around 600 cal tonight -- we'll see. I'm not sure what I will fix for dinner tonight but I'm considering a recipe from this amazing book I checked out from the library. I had been wanting to buy it, but yayyyyyy it's at the library. :D
The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
She's a registered dietitian and has a show on Food Network that I've only caught like... once or twice before and I just love the way she cooks. A short description of her style as mentioned on Amazon.com -- "a proponent of good, fresh food, simply but deliciously prepared. And she's not about denial -- no nonfat foods here, because when you take the fat out of natural foods, in go the chemicals."
The recipes all have nutritional breakdowns and my favorite thing -- measurements for the serving sizes. I hate when something's like -- this makes 6 servings, but I only want one and I don't know how big it should be because I'm not eating with 5 other people. :P I have to do visual division, or weigh the entire meal and divide it that way -- it's just awkward. She lists with each recipes -- 1 serving is equal to - 2 cups of greens and 2 Tbsp of sauce - or something like that. :)
I've only tried one recipe so far but it was a HUGE success. These amazing Garlic Fries... MMM!
Tonight I'm thinking of trying a Tofu+Edamame featuring fried rice thingie with brown rice...
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I've been feeling so HUNGRY the past couple of weeks and now I feel so FULL. It's very very weird, but hey, I really do think this will help me transition into maintenance. My sweet DH came home last night to me doing the last circuit in the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD. Hahaha! :) I was so sweaty and tired and whiny feeling, but to be honest, having an audience made me put forth some serious effort! :D
So yesterday I ran and shredded, today I swam and biked. Completed more full pool lengths again today and worked on my breathing some more. :) Spent more time on the bike and the same longer time in the pool as on Tuesday (just a couple more minutes). Trying to gradually increase the amount of time I'm working on swimming. VERY VERY SLOWLY. Mostly I want to increase my productivity and if I increase time too much I think I'll just get irritated. But anyway.
I went a little cuckoo yesterday when I went home -- OH I CAN EAT MORE?!?! WOOHOO!! I stayed within my new ranges though. :)
Let's see how my deficit was...
5/28: (1950+542) - 1787 = 705
WOW! KICK BUTT!
Today so far...
5/29: (1950+605) - 1017 = 1538
:) Well, we'll see how this week does for me but I'm feeling a lot more energy, less stressed for SURE about calories, and just better overall. I'm not sure what we'll be eating tonight. We're going to see Indiana Jones after I get off of work, and all the meals I have left to make this week are more work/time intensive in a way. Maybe the pasta salad. That's probably the fastest.
ANYWAY! That's about it for now. Hope everyone is having a great week!
5/26-5/28 = 2281, Average/Day = 760.33
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I started writing an AMAZING blog entry last night and accidentally closed the window. WAH!!!!!
So I gave up yesterday and you get me this morning -- which is good because I have more time to write this now anyway. Aren't you excited for a nice long blog again?!?!? ;) haha.
So.... I've been thinking about this whole deficit tracking thing and it's been bugging me. I realized that I'm not taking into account an activity factor -- I thought that was fine because I'm tracking calories burned through excercise separately. But while my job is not very physical, I'm also not in a coma. I walk around from time to time, do errands, clean house, all those ordinary type movements from day to day. Cook, etc. Any calculations out there for determining calorie intake based on calories burned daily take into account an activity factor as well, and there is a factor for a "sedentary" lifestyle -- which is one of little or no excercise. I figure this is a good activity base to add calories burned through excercise because this is supposed to be a more accurate estimate of daily calorie burn for someone NOT excercising. This increases the daily estimate calorie burn by about 20%.
SO! In my case, my BMR was 1634 so if I multiply that times 1.2 (or 120%) that gives me 1960.8. That is a pretty significant difference!!!! I'm going to round down even to 1950, because by another BMR calculation my BMR is a bit lower and that one increase by activity came out to 1946 so we'll go in the middle.
Another reason I am choosing to do this is because this is part of the process SparkPeople uses to determine calorie ranges, only they incorporate an estimate of daily calorie burn through excercise as well, and since I'll be tracking that as I burn it and not as an average, I stopped at that part of their "calorie calculation 101". Since I've been using SP calorie ranges through my entire weight loss, I figure it makes sense to manually track my deficit on the same principles. :)
If we re-evaluate last week, I'm adding a calorie burn of 316 to my previously thought BMR per day. So, x7 and plus last week's calorie deficit of 3324 = 5536. Which is WAY beyond what I was going for. I really really really want to lose these last 5-8lbs, but I want to do it VERY slowly. 1lb per week. I want to focus on my fitness, so I want to be able to fuel my body in a really productive way and hopefully just lose 5-8lbs of FAT and not decrease my lean mass at all.
So this is a new week and I'm going to track based on this new method. Usually I don't try changing tactics after one week, but I did this deficit tracking method for two weeks already even if the first one was weird.
YOU KNOW WHAT??? Let me look at that...
Ok. That first week I lost one lb with a deficit of what I THOUGHT was 1463. If I modify that to include the calorie burn from this "sedentary lifestyle" guess what my deficit was that week.
3675. Hmmm pretty close to 1lb. :P
Well. This has me COMPLETELY sold now. :) hahahaha.
DEFICIT FOR THIS WEEK SO FAR:
5/26: (1950+224) - 1504 = 670
5/27: (1950+507) - 1551 = 906
I really will need to eat more calories to achieve a goal of 1lb lost per week. I think this will also prepare me better for transitioning into maintenance.
Did anyone make it this far? :) Thoughts?
P.S. - With my new goal of 1lb per week, and an estimated calorie burn per week of 2000 through excercise, SP puts my minimum calories at 1470, FYI. ;)
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