I never thought of shoveling snow as a work out, but apparently you can burn a lot of calories shoveling snow!
I timed it and consistently it takes about an hour to shovel all the snow. I listen to my headphones and I shovel away. All in all, it's pleasant, and I feel really darn good afterwards. In fact, when it snows now, I think "Oooh, I can shovel the driveway today!"
But the issue I run into is during calorie counting time. Does it REALLY burn so many calories to shovel snow?
And does it REALLY make sense to eat more because I worked out a lot that day?
I don't know. I tend to not lose weight when I eat too much. And since I'm focusing on trying to incorporate mostly healthy foods and fewer processed items, it's really, REALLY hard to figure out how to eat more and not roll around the house stuffed.
My thought is this: if I'm eating at least 1200 (more like 1250-1550) calories a day filled with fruits, veggies, and healthy proteins, my calories are healthy fuel for my bodys muscles and organs, and if it needs more, it should burn my ample fat reserves, right? And frankly, days when I am active, I do eat more. I eat toast with strawberry jam. Today I had french toast with strawberry jam and peanut butter. (dreamy sighs)
My point is that I always EAT 1250-1550 calories a day. I've only ever gone under that on days when I'm sick and have slept through most of the day. I don't see how I can consume 2200 calories and lose weight, even if I have been really active. I also have to keep in mind that 1. I'm obese. 2. High cholesterol and high blood pressure run in my family (limiting food choices) and 3. I have a lot of dairy-related intolerances, and have trouble digesting processed foods (more food limitations-My family jokes that I'm allergic to everything) The list of foods I can eat would be easier to list than the foods I shouldn't
What do you think? Am I wrong? Should I eat more? Is there something I'm missing out on that would help? I feel good. I'm sleeping well, I have lots of energy throughout the day, but am I going to shake my fist to the sky and say "I should've eaten more back then!"? I have no idea and welcome the advice and wisdom!