Well its now week 2 of my 4 week challenge. To be down to 215 by July 15th. Today I stepped on the scale and realized that I had lost 4 lbs! Wow! That means I only have 8 pounds left to lose in 3 weeks! Totally doable! Course, I still have to stay on track.
Today I started at my 1600 calorie level. It really wasn't too tough.
I had peanut butter toast, coffee, and a banana for breakfast. Made sure to measure the peanut butter.
For lunch I had a nice size portion of homemade chicken soup. All it is, is chicken broth (which is cooked in a roaster pan in the oven- way better than boiling it), chicken (from the same roaster pan) and frozen mixed veggies. No noodles or rice or anything. What I intend to do is start cooking up large amounts of broth and chicken, freezing it in ziploc bags, and then adding the veggies later.
For a snack I had a hershey's chocolate almond bar and more coffee (coffee, 1 T raw sugar, and plain almond milk)
For dinner I just had baked chicken and green beans. I made rice but skipped it. (mainly due to the fact that there wasn't much and I preferred to have more chicken anyhow- not that I'm necessarily cutting out all carbs)
Lately I've been thinking about a realistic estimate of how many calories I burn in workouts. I thought about a heart rate monitor and how that is one way to get a better picture of calories burned. But then I thought, hey- obviously there must be a calculation to figure out calories burned by using your heart rate. There is! I found one website that does the calculating for you. What was puzzling to me was how to figure out how many calories I was burning with my strength training routine. If I calculate my heart rate, its super low- although I may have calculated it wrong. At that rate it would be like an 80 calorie burn for 27 minutes (I was super fast this time) I googled calculating calories burned with anaerobic activity and it gave me a formula for figuring out your Anaerobic Target or something like that. After the calculations it told me I burned like 800 calories for my 999 routine. Bogus. Then I realized that the whole anaerobic thing was when you got your heart rate above the aerobic threshold. Not what I was doing. So I googled calculating calories in strength training. I found an article that made a little more sense. I chose the lowest number for calculating since I'm just using body resistance at this point. It gave me a much more reasonable 230 calories burned. According to sparkpeople and my total for moderate calisthenics, I was on target with that calculation. This will give me a much more accurate picture of how many calories I am burning.
Here are the two links. The first is the one to figure out calories burned using the heart rate. The second is for weight lifting.
So for today, I used my step stool for 10 minutes strait and burned 105 calories and then the 230 for the 999 routine. At least that's what I think. If anyone else has found another way to figure it out, I'd be happy to know that. Anyhow, that would be 335 calories burned for today. I"d have to burn a lot more to get to the 3500 mark. I don't feel like its going to happen this week. I've got cleaning and packing to do as we are moving, so I just don't have the extra time to push myself all that hard. I kind of lost track of the big picture when creating my goals. That's why its good that I used the MTO approach. Oh well, I think cleaning and packing burns a good amount of calories too. At any rate, I've been busy all day and haven't had a chance to sit much.
Tomorrow I'm thinking that oatmeal may be my breakfast of choice. Maybe some scrambled eggs too. I'm a bit tired of eggs and toast, so I thought I'd change it up a bit. The oatmeal I had on Sunday was sooo delicious! I don't have all the same ingredients as I was at my friends house that day, but oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar sounds tasty! Besides, it'll get my fiber count up a bit more than the bread.
Got to work on the water. Didn't have as much as I should have today- not even close. Had 3 servings, 2 coffees (a 16 oz mug), and a 32 oz diet soda. Not as good as yesterday- 10 servings of water, same with the coffee and soda. Shows that I can do it if I put my mind to it!
Oh- I took my measurements today (Uh, yesterday...I just realized that it is after midnight). I can't remember off hand and am too tired to go check. ANyhow, I was down by 1-2 inches on almost every body part! Yay!