Thursday, January 03, 2013
Today, I adjusted the "Calories Burned Per Week" and "Calories Eaten Per Day" goals on my Sparkpeople home page. I think the numbers are automatically generated by your current weight and activity levels. I prefer to set them myself!
For example, my old calorie bank per day was between 1500-1800 calories per day. I personally feel that's a bit high. I'm not so great about tracking my food but I plan to get better, and when I was in the habit of tracking food everyday I almost always fell short of 1500 calories. Especially on days when I didn't run! So, I changed my daily calorie goal to 1400-1700 calories. That way I have a nice big range for those days when I'm just insatiable, but it's still lower than before.
I also increased my weekly calorie burn goal. It was at 650 calories per week. But when you're a runner, that's covered in one and a half workouts! So I doubled it. I will burn 1200 calories per week! (Running 3X per week and strength training 1X per week with a crosstraining workout thrown in there somewhere.)
Something I'm not really taking into account is that I start a new job next week. My old job was in the same city I live in and very easy to get to. This one, not so much! It's in a completely different town and I have to take public transportation to get there, since I don't have a car. It will take me about an hour and fifteen minutes, and I'll have to walk about a mile to the train station every morning (unless I take the bus...which I will if the weather is bad.) So that's a lot of extra activity right there that I'm not even taking into account.
I'm really nervous to start my new job!! It's always nervewracking. I'm trying to do the most I can with this last couple of days off I have. I've written some lesson plans, dome some sewing and crocheting, and am just overall allowing myself to relax while also getting some work done at my own pace. It's really nice!
It's going to be a big rude awakening, literally, when I have to start getting out of bed at 5:45 a.m. next week. But it's totally worth it and I'm really excited and grateful for the job.
The GREAT news is that it's supposed to warm up next week--into the 40's! So all the ice and snow left on the sidewalks by lazy people will be gone and I won't have to stare at the ground while I run anymore! It was only 12 degrees outside this morning, so I decided to wait until this afternoon to run, when it will be a tad warmer.