Well, "basic cardio health" usually states that people need to do 20 minutes per day as a set minimum. I burn those 300 calories (and usually more) in 30 minutes on my elliptical. I have recently upped a few things. I am now doing 1 hour of toning and 1 hour of cardio on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and 45 minutes on my elliptical on Tues, Thurs and Sat. And I consume between 1300-1600 calories a day. I'm perfectly happy with my routine. I've been having really good results. What do you do as your weekly routine, out of curiosity?
My calories burned is low (300 a day, 6 days a week) because I'm currently at 125 pounds. As the weight comes off, you burn less off. I like to plan to not set myself up for failure by over-estimating what I can do; I'd rather under-estimate it so I'm surprized sometimes! I've had weeks where I've had flus back in January and was not able to exercize for 2-3 days, so I saw a median number I was comfortable with. :)
I have been away from home for almost three weeks taking care of my parents who were kidney transplant donor and recipient. For the first two weeks of that, I didn't track my food at all. I barely had time to go to the bathroom, much less cook my own food or carefully track it. I did some exercise, but it was haphazard. I have had WAY too many fancy coffee drinks lately, which are my weakness, but necessary for their caffeine content. I am staying in a hotel with tons of free food around all the time...BAD.
This week I have been tracking...sort of, but not eating as well as I usually do or tracking as precisely as I generally do. I'm definitely on target in terms of exercise this week--probably far over my usual 500 minutes because I am trying to make up for lost time. Since I am in the Big City, I've been able to do some intense salsa dancing a couple of times since my parents have stabilized...that has been great! I'm hoping to dance two or three more times before I leave and catch a Zumba "master" class as well.
Next week, starting Monday, it is back to precise eating and food tracking. This will be much easier when I go home and stop living in a hotel room! I still don't have a regular gym at home yet (I just moved...yeah, my life is complicated!) but that will change on April 1.
I really wanted to be under 200 pounds by the upcoming Big City Salsa Festival, which starts on April 12. I'm not sure that it is physiologically possible to make it at this point (I'm not totally sure what my weight really is today since I don't have my standard scale...I know I have gained) but I am going to give it a darn good shot.
So I'm guessing this is cardio week for everyone, lol! Including myself! Back from Mom's now, did very well there with sticking to my goals. Even on St. Patty's Day! Now that I'm back home, I would like to increase my veggies....my husband and I got a whole bunch of healthy, neat-o food while in the city and dragged it out back home. I really am seeing the truth in the whole "write down your goals" or "tell someone your goal"...seems to really make a person accountable for their intention. I'm so glad you are all joining in this goal setting adventure with me for our second week now.
My goal this week is to get at least 3 days of cardio in. This is going to be a challenging week as it is the last one I will be in my current position at work. After next week I will no longer be a manager and have a life again. I am hoping the decrease in stress will also help me to start losing weight again.
Nutritionally I am following WW, but on my own for a bit. I have my menu for the week ready as well as some food cooked. No reason not to stay on track this week.
Happy St Patrick's Day! Amy
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What are your goals this week? I'm going to be visiting my mom from tommorow until Tuesday, so I want to try to keep up with my exercize. It will be more cardio from all the walking and tasks I have to get done, but I want to burn off what I normally do (around 300 calories a day). Nutritionally, I want to keep making healthy descisions while I'll have more choices available. Mom is making me my banana cream pie, so I'll stick with just one slice. St. Patrick's Day: I'll be out with my friends and my goal is to stick to diet soda. After seeing how fatty and calorie-laden some of my fave liquors are, I do not really want to ingest them!
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