Saturday, January 19, 2013
Well, I'm participating in my first Biggest Loser Challenge here on Spark People, and I'm pretty excited to be a member of the Cobalt Cobras team!
One of our "tasks" (or goals or challenges or what have you) is to write out a fitness plan blog, and since this seems like a smart thing to do aside from just the competitive reasons, I'm happy to oblige!
This week, I started using a Body Media Fit Link, and this is truly a fantastic tool for me for so many reasons. It tracks my actual calorie expenditure for each day using body temperature and galvanic skin response (since pretty much every basal metabolic rate calculator like the one here on Spark People has been wrong for me), tracks my steps, and tracks my amounts of vigorous and moderate activity.
All of that (fascinating, I know) back story to say that my fitness plan will largely revolve around creating a calorie deficit as measured by this tool! Right now, I'm trying to take between 6,000 and 10,000 steps a day, do at least 30 minutes of "moderate" activity a day, and create a calorie deficit of around 1000 calories a day by doing so!
The way I plan to get this activity in and create that calorie deficit is basically using a combo of cardio and strength training. I am currently going to a local gym with a friend of mine between 5 and 6 nights a week, usually for an hour to an hour and a half at a time. There, I walk (slowly... very slowly right now) on the treadmill or use the recumbent bike. I'm also doing the 28 day Jump Start strength training program right now, and I honestly plan to continue doing strength on the same schedule as that. I'll also just continue using the same videos for now, unless they start to get easy on me!
The great thing about the Fit Link is that I have a constant visual of how much I've done so far each day, and it keeps me on track at trying to maintain a balance of more out than in! I'm not gonna lie either... my inner kindergartener gets way too wrapped up in hitting that next 100 steps or next 100 calories!
Ok, so there's the plan. Let's go Cobras!