Tuesday, March 18, 2008
So, I had a good long cry yesterday! Totally frustrated with all of this. I just don't know exactly how many calories I should be trying to burn each workout day because it seems like SP figures them by the amount of TIME I spend doing it rather than just telling me how many I need to burn. I like to do the fastest workouts possible so it frustrated me that I was basically working out with no exact number goal for how many I needed to be burning. Well, good ole SP isn't the only thing out there! SO I did some research...and found a great site that figured the at rest calories I burn per day (1757). So just by eating 1200 calories a day I'm already a defecit of 557. I want to try to lose 2 lb a week and EVERY site says that I would have to have a defecit of 1000 calories per day. So I decided to brun 200 calories every workout day (5 days a week) and that is about 143 per day if you divide it out to all 7 days. Add that to the 557 and I have a defecit of right at 700! I feel SO much better KNOWING I'm in control of this and not just trusting SP to tell me when I feel like it's not based off of what I really need. (It was telling me to just burn 152 per workout day...so that divided by 7 is just 109 calories). And I know to get to my 2 lb per week goal I need to work out on the weekends or for longer on the workout days :)
rested calories burned: 1757
calories I eat per day: 1200
calories I burn per day: 200 (5x per week)
defecit: 4899 per week OR about 700 per day!
ALSO in my research I found more information on zig-zag calories eating and it makes total sense to me. So I'm going to vary the amount of calories I eat each day. One day I will eat 1104 and the next 1242. I feel the combination of the zig-zag eating and the knowledge of how many calories I need to burn per day will really help me reach my goals!!!
I feel SO MUCH BETTER now!!!! I have a totally new outlook and while I don't use SP for the actual number of calories I should eat or should burn I do still think it will help keep track of everything for me and keep me motivated :)
In addition....I weighed in this morning and it's "that time of the month" so I knew the scale might be off and it said I gained 1/2 lb! I am so happy about this b/c I know duing "that time" we all put on a little weight so I figure I stayed about the same which is wonderful seeing as I had so many bad days and was so totally confused on what I was doing :) yay me!