Tuesday, March 23, 2010
So about 2 months ago my gym introduced me to the body bugg. I don't watch the biggest loser and I had never heard of them. So I had been stuck on a plateau for a year. I'd bounce up, I'd bounce down, everyone who has been stuck knows this problem way too much. I decided to give it a try. I was shocked. I had come to realize I could not eat what other people ate. I am constantly hearing people say "oh i don't eat that much" or " I don't eat anymore than anyone else". I used to say that too, it was one of my many excuses I was just doing what everyone else was and how unfair it was I was big. So I had been told by doctor's how my genetics were bad and all the other things weren't working in my favor, and then I decided I had to want this bad enough to do it.
So back to the body bugg. I now know thanks to this little device that on a day with no work outs for me I only burn 1800 calories. That is it. Some restaurant meals have that many calories in them. Sitting still i burn about 1 calorie a minute, my dear friend/trainer Daniel burns 4!!!! How unfair is that, but not the point. Even the gym equipment is so off on calorie burn for me. Tonight I did an hour on the incline treadmill, it said I burned 900, the body bugg said 400. Of course the treadmill doesn't know that my BMR sucks! And of course getting an estimate from the treadmill is better than nothing of course. I just feel so much more informed now with this thing.
But this information just brings me back to what I tell people all the time, you can't define your normal by anyone else. You have to listen to what works for your body. You can't think just because your friends eat a certain way that that is normal. Stop comparing yourself to other people and just figure out what works for you. So many people get discouraged on this journey because others are losing it faster or aren't having to work as hard. Their journey isn't what is important, yours is. Define your normal by what works for you and what makes you feel good.