Saturday, May 18, 2013
Well, I have some good news. I figured out why I haven't been losing weight. My Bodymedia armband had been telling me to eat over 2,000 calories a day and I wasn't listening to it because Sparkpeople said to eat 1,200 and I thought I surely couldn't eat so many calories and lose any weight. I thought the armband must be wrong even though everything I'd read said that the Bodymedia armband was the most accurate when it came to being able to determine the amount of calories you need to be eating to lose weight. Well, I finally input on Sparkpeople how much I'm exercising every day, and Sparkpeople told me I need to be eating at LEAST 2,020 calories a day--just like my armband had been telling me. So, I'm not eating enough to lose weight. Isn't that just a beast? The good news is I get to eat more! This should give me more energy for my 9-mile walks and kickboxing, yoga, and strength training sessions, too! I knew I had been hungrier after my workouts, but I had been afraid to eat more calories, despite everything I'd heard about if you exercise too much and don't eat enough calories it can hinder your weight loss. So, I'm going to make a concerted effort to start eating the proper amount of calories and then get out there and get my heart rate up! Because I'd much rather be active (I happen to love exercise) than reduce my exercise and stick with 1,200 calories.
Speaking of getting your heart rate up, I hit a personal best yesterday: I walked 23,392 steps yesterday (took a 9 mile walk)! My next goal is to start running during more and more parts of that walk. I also want to start working in more strength training as I've been slacking on that a little bit, but I've had to take it easy on my back lately. My biggest challenge is forcing myself to take a rest day. I'm thinking about perhaps taking a rest day today since it's rainy but I've become addicted to my walks. I know, though, a rest day would ultimately make me stronger. Maybe I'll make it an active recovery day with some stretching.
I was up super early this morning, but I don't have my son today so I may go back to sleep for a while, give my back some more time to rest up before I get active today, more time for me to decide exactly what I want to do. On my schedule today is advanced Ashtanga yoga and kickboxing, as well as some circuit training, but I don't want to push myself too hard and then make my back worse. I took some Vicodin and ibuprofen this morning so we'll see how I feel after that kicks in.
And since I have more calories to eat today, I'm thinking about cooking some lasagna with soy meat. I have a good recipe for it so that might be a way to get in some light activity (it takes a while to make) without pushing myself too hard...and the whole family would get to enjoy the fruits of my labour. And maybe make some healthy banana oatmeal cookies, too. At any rate, it should be a good day!