Monday, February 18, 2013
That number does not reflect pounds lost, just bulk. My normal diet is high in fibrous veggies and salt and while I did hit my minimum calories every day but yesterday (this was supposed to be the week where I hit my MAXIMUM. Oops. According to my tracker I almost hit 900 yesterday and that's with some generous assumptions) I was eating mostly crackers and soup. So I fully expect to be most way back to 290 by tomorrow morning. I mean just think about it -- to actually lose 6.6 lbs I would have had to have a calorie deficit of about 3200 calories a day. I don't even burn 3200 calories a day on my most active days and I barely moved this week. (Though I'd guess there was more nursing than usual.) I just want next week's number to be not much higher. Sigh. And I even tried to cheat by drinking a ton and wearing a sweater.
So how did my week go? Let's see, goals were:
1. Plan out healthy menu
2. Pack healthy lunches for me and kids
3. Eat salad or soup before dinner at least 4 days
4. Do Gorilla exercise every day
5. Do at least 30 minutes of cardio at least 4 days a week, including walk.
6. Get outside with the kids for at least 30 minutes at least twice.
Did 1 and 2, except that I only had to pack for some of the kids because I don't think there was a single day when they were all in school. I have no memory at all about 3 -- maybe? Failed on 4 -- I managed to drag myself through Thursday and Friday but I spent all day Saturday in bed and was too weak to even go through two sets of wall pushups. Wall pushups! Well, that just tells you how sick I was. 5? Hah! I think I might have gotten a total of 30 minutes all week including a 20 minute walk at 3.4 mph. Not including the 10 minutes I dragged myself outside yesterday to get the kids out in the air -- I didn't even break 2 mph. And same for 6 -- I got some kids outside for 10 minutes. Now I think they get out with school most days but still -- the goal was for us to get out as a family. Instead, we all curled up in bed coughing and crying as a family.
By yesterday, the two bigger boys were done with their strep infection but had started a nasty cold. We do not own a TV, and I think my kids get much more time to play actively and creatively because the only sedentary option is reading. (Though even the baby will plop himself down on the couch with a book and turn pages for a good 5 minutes.) I regretted the lack for the first time this week.
Thank you YouTube! My kids sat all day watching DinoRiders (a show my husband has fond memories of -- I don't get it, personally). We interrupted periodically to require some activity -- Simon Says, a quick bike ride, running around kicking a soccer ball -- but they must have spent upwards of 5 hours in front of the screen. Official AAP recommendation is under 2 hours per day, right? Or is it 1/2 hour? Either way, this was their first sustained viewing time in their lives besides the DVDs we let them watch when we drive cross-country every spring. So I'm not going to feel too guilty.