April No Excuses challenge: Day 7
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I didn't do the challenges yesterday, and I'm OK with that. I got some stuff done around the house, redid our budget to reflect my unemployment checks, then met hubby for a movie and a nice dinner out.
Hubby and I are both doing Weight Watchers, at the cost of nearly $100 per month for the both of us to attend weekly meetings and use the online tool and the app. The app is so-so. It doesn't work or refresh periodically, which is irritating when I just want to quickly record something. The cost is a little tough to stomach, too, both because there are lots of free tools out there and because of the whole lack-of-a-job thing.
We signed up in January figuring it would be worth the cost for us to have a structured plan to lose weight. I'm realizing now that, once again, I'm pushing more on this than he is, so it might not be worth the $1200 a year (now THERE'S a nauseating number). This week, I'm recording everything on WW AND on MyFitnessPal. I was going to record food here on SP, but I HATE how the food directory lists things other members have entered. I'll look up an item, with the package right in front of me, and find a dozen entries by other users, all named differently, and each with variations of the nutritional facts, so I just end up entering my own using the package, and taking a lot more time.
I'll see how things compare between WW and MFP, see what happens at weigh-in next weekend, and consider dropping WW and doing this on my own. I tried counting calories before and didn't lose any weight, but I wonder if 1200 calories while training for a half marathon was too little fuel.
Fuel. I remember when food was something delicious to be enjoyed and savored. Now it just feels like something to weighed, measured, and burned off through activity. What I'd give for the wanton freedom of eating a package of soft, doughy snowflake rolls, with just a little schmeck of butter. It probably doesn't help that I had a mango and a banana for lunch at 4PM today.
I've had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to record my activities doing the daily challenges. On SP, I found a bootcamp challenge and used that in the Activity tracker, but it seemed really high since I'm not doing a ton of cardio in the workouts. I guesstimated the workout is 3-4 WW Activity Points, so I just entered that, but I don't love guesstimating. Today, I wore my heart rate monitor and saw that I only burned 278 calories, which is fair given the effort I exerted. I found several things online that indicated 80 calories burned equal 1 WW AP (approximately), so I burned 3.4, or 3 rounding down, APs. Hmmm, guess I guesstimated OK.
Feeling sore, and feeling good about that. Meant to run today, meant to do a few more things, didn't. Definitely giving into my laziness a bit, but (for now) I'm cutting myself some slack since I AM getting my challenges done. It's been 9 days since I last ran. Ugh, that's hideous to see in type. I can't go see the Boston Marathon this weekend having not run in 2 weeks! I'll have to rectify this!