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Week 5 recap: 296.4 (-3 lbs)

Monday, February 04, 2013

Whew! Now that I've gotten further below the threshold I can really believe I'm under 300. Though I won't REALLY believe it until I'm actually below 290 -- just the way I roll.

So, weekly recap:
Goals were:
1. Do the basic prep for dinner the night before.
2. Pack healthy lunches/snacks for myself and the kids the night before.
3. No binging
4. Eat salad or soup before dinner at least 4 nights
5. Go for at least a 30 minute walk at least 4 nights or alternative cardio exercise at home.
6. Do the Gorilla app workout every day

Goal for the month:
Plan each week's dinner menu on Sunday and make sure I have the ingredients ready

Yes to 1, 2, 4, and 6. Kind of to 5 -- did manage to move for 30 minutes 4 times a week, though not 30 minutes consecutively. Another run in with the frosting on Saturday -- grr! At least I know my nemesis! And of course the menu planning happened but there were some reasonable substitutions as the week went on. Expected and totally acceptable.

Exercise is my nemesis. The first few weeks I was taking 35 minute walks in the late evening after the kids were asleep. Well, exercising late at night makes it harder to fall asleep and is not a good idea generally. So I have tried to shift it to the morning or earlier in the evening. As a couple of blog posts have indicated, that is not working for me. If I'm lucky I can cobble together 30 minutes over the course of a couple of hours. Not quality exercise. Not sure what I'll do about it.

And another small frustration is discovering that my exercise might not be helping as much as I thought. I was using the Spark tracker to estimate calories burned from whatever activity. Last week I ordered a Polar HRM. It arrived Monday and its estimates of my calorie burn are MUCH lower. 30 minutes at 4 mph according to Spark uses 317 calories at my weight. According to the HRM, it's less than 200. I suspect part of the discrepancy is because my heart rate is quite low. My resting HR is under 50 bpm. Moving around, lugging kids, washing dishes, it goes up to the 70s. Maybe. Sweating like a pig and barely able to talk on the rebounder it's maybe up at 150? If I'm lucky? Kind of disappointing -- though I'm not sure how I could realistically work much harder.
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    Way to go losing 3 lbs.!!

    10 minutes of exercise at a time is just fine...read this article (I can't link in comments so you'll have to copy and paste the adddress into a browser window).


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    emoticon emoticon on getting solidly under 300 pounds! That is so emoticon and I'm SO proud of you!!

    I would LOVE a HRM, but I just can't seem to justify the cost. Do you mind me asking where you got yours and how much it was?

    The way that I look at things is I think of my weight loss as coming from my decrease in calories consumed and the exercise is a way to get fit. I have no idea how many calories I actually burn (SP tells me that, in 40 minutes on my rebounder, I burn 200 calories), and I know that it does contribute, in a very small way, to my weight loss, but I usually just ignore that and go with diet=weight loss, exercise=fitness. That way I don't feel discouraged by my lack of calories burned because I can feel a difference in my fitness level, so I am able to see progress.

    They say that weight loss is, I can't remember the exact number, something like 80% diet, so just remember... you don't HAVE to have a huge number of calories burned through exercise in order to lose weight, as long as your diet is in check!

    Just keep doing what you're doing! It is obviously working well for you!!
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