I've been sedentary for a few years. Because of that, my calorie range was set to 1200-1550 when I put in a weight loss range of 1 pound a week. I still have almost 60 pounds to lose and am losing at a healthy rate right now--about .8 to 1.25 pounds a week--so I'm not complaining.
For the last three weeks, I've been working hard to reach 10,000 steps every day, and I've been doing it most days.
I'm a stay at home mom and walk the kids to school and back during the week. Since my daughter is in half day kindergarten and my son in school full day, I walk back and forth three times a day. I also take 2-3 walks with my husband and kids (when they're not at school). These walks are 1-1.5 miles and usually take about 15-20 minutes. I do this 7 days a week now, so even when I don't take the kids to school it isn't that hard to make my 10,000 steps. My average walk speed is 4.5-5 mph, but I've always walked fast and that's the speed I naturally settled into.
Tomorrow I'm starting some basic strength training. I'm very out of shape right now, especially in my core, so have chosen to do push ups, squats, crunches, leg raises, and planks for the next 30 days before moving on to more challenging exercises.
With all that walking every day, am I still really sedentary? Since I'm still losing at a healthy rate should I just leave things the way they are or should I be considering myself lightly active and change my settings here? I'm really happy with my progress so far; I just want to make sure I'm doing right by my body.
I am 40; I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis (hypothyroid) that is very well regulated; I had a hysterectomy two years ago but kept my ovaries and cervix and still get PMS and have a regular cycle; and I am also taking Lexapro. However, none of these things seem to be affecting my weight loss/fitness efforts at the moment.
Edited by: -THENA- at: 9/22/2013 (23:59)
EXERCISE BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR BODY,
NOT BECAUSE YOU HATE IT.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
You are not fat.
You have fat.
You also have fingernails,
But you are not fingernails.
| current weight: 175.3