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Day 142: 1000 minutes in a week? 5000 calories? Huh?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Good morning, Sparklers!

We're almost to Friday! I hope all of you are ready to have a restful, rejuvinating weekend! I know I am!

So, I changed the layout of my page to help me stay focused to May. Yep, me and 13.1 are going to keep close to one another's hearts until then!

To get to the focus of today's blog title - I have to admit, some of the things I've seen lately are driving me a little bit bonkers.

I mean...

1000 fitness minutes in a week? a 3000 calorie burn? How in the world is this POSSIBLE?

Am I doing something wrong? I'm checking out people's stats (because I'm competitive like that) and I'm seeing numbers that make my jaw drop. Now, I know I'm not at the head of the minutes/calories class; but, I'm no slacker, either. I do my 2-3 mile runs 4 or 5 times a week. Now, the basic rule of thumb is - one mile equals 100 calories burned. So, let's say I average 2.5 miles over five days - (250x5) that's 1250 calories. How are people getting these impressive numbers?

I mean, I won't even go there on SparkPoints; but, this whole calorie thing has me all "huh?"

Do you guys ever look at stuff like this and go "What am I doing wrong here?"

I know I shouldn't compare myself to others; but, it's only human. More than that, when I'm looking to improve I want to know that I'm working to the best of my ability to challenge myself.

Sorry, my head's just spinning... Really.
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    Yeah, it does seem like a lot, but some folks count everything they do. Like walking from the car to the store, walking the dog, etc. I count just my workout, except for today. Missed the gym, but had to shovel 15 tons of gravel into a wheelbarrow and around the yard all morning. I didn't count the 3 hours I spent raking leaves and gathering sticks and debris off the lawn though. I think if you have some sort of tracker, you probably count every step. To each his own, but that's just too much trouble for me. It's just whatever works for you! emoticon
    1994 days ago
    Ooh! Ooh! Compare yourself to mine! I don't update it! Lol. It's really hard not to compare yourself to others. As we grow up, it's practically ingrained into us to compare ourselves so we can fit in. I still compare my calories and weight to other people's even though we all have wildly different heights and body types...exercise and calorie needs.

    I think it's only natural! And I will continue to be jealous of people who eat more than me, even if they weigh more! Lol

    Thanks for the advice on running clothes! I picked up a pair of snug Capri workout pants on clearance. They are much better than my usual men's shorts that ride up. I passed on the long sleeves, since you suggested I dress for 10 deg warmer. :D
    1995 days ago
    There is such a thing as overexercisers and that is where injuries happen. I wouldn't compare myself to others just be the best you can be for you. emoticon
    1995 days ago
    OK- I am so busted right now! Before I read your blog, I checked on the Pepper Party fitness minutes. I've been pretty consistent with my workouts so, I just knew I'd be able to break my arm patting myself on the back with being at the top of the charts and I was being nosey. I'm not even in the top 5. I think our team has been infiltrated by crazy fitness ladies or undercover aerobic instructors.

    The November Challenge is on and poppin! Look Frack, we'll just need to add some yoga or pilates at the end of the day or first thing in the morning to get in more movement and calorie burn. Since we're runners and all, we have to do more low impact cross-training on our off days. Are you with me? Second place can be all yours!! LOL!!!!
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    1995 days ago
    lol. I totally get where you are coming from. When I was doing a lot of hiking (daily or every other day), the calories piled up like no tomorrow -- but now that I'm doing less hiking, and more low-calorie burning stuff -- not so much.

    I do think the SP calculator tends to overestimate the calories burned on some activities (at least for my body), so I try to only count intentional exercise on my tracker.

    I don't think you are doing anything wrong, especially judging by your success!

    1995 days ago
    I'm one of those crazy women who typically does 1-2 hours of exercise a day, every day. Two of those activities that I do 2-3 times a week each are running and swimming, which burn a TON of calories. So I'm doing 600-700 minutes a week and about 6000-6500 calories burned.

    However, once I hit maintenance, I'm going to have to re-think my exercise schedule, because I'm not sure I can eat that much! I'll figure it out eventually, but it will be hard...I love everything I do (running, swimming, Zumba, spin class, boot camp and yoga)!
    1995 days ago
    For the minutes, I'm lucky one of my jobs is yard duty supervision at my youngest child's school, so I get 2 hours of SLOW walking in per day, which works out to about 560 calories each day. Plus I throw in zumba and yoga a couple times a week (30 minutes each time). Weekends I don't do much of anything though, other wise I'd probably be over the 1000 minutes a week.
    I think the high calorie counts for some people are because the larger you are the more you burn. As we drop weight it also takes more effort to burn the same amount of calories. Even at my size I'm no where close to 5000 calories burned this week. It's only Thursday but I'm sitting at 3026. And I'm guessing you're a lot lighter than me, and in much better shape, which accounts for my high calorie burn.
    1995 days ago
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