I was super stoked to write this blog and I almost posted it before I was even done with everything that needed to be reported on. Then I remembered SparkPeople turns into a veritable ghost town on the weekends and that slowed me down. Ain't no one around to read this gem! Which is a bummer because it's going to be an AWESOME report!
If you missed it, this is the blog that tells you what all this jazz is about:
In a very pared-down, bare-bones (and entirely boring) nutshell:
-Get 250 fitness minutes per week
-Track food and fitness
- Lose 1 lb per week
I can tell you:
I blew my fitness minute goal for the week out of the water! As of Friday night, I had 240 fitness minutes, so I needed to get at least 10 more in today (Saturday) to meet my 250 goal. Well, ya know, if I'm going to go through the hassle of putting on workout clothes and shoes (I hate wearing shoes!) and strapping on my heart rate monitor and setting up my treadmill, then I was going to do much more than 10 minutes for my troubles! So, I did 60 minutes. Which means I did 300 fitness minutes this week! YAY! Not bad, especially since I got a late start this week thanks to my birthday on Monday. Also, Jan. 8 was a special fitness day because of the #winterwellness challenge I've been doing, so that day included an abs toning session. I certainly do need to work on my core! (And also everything else.)
Food was a little more of a struggle and even more of a struggle was tracking it! Not only do I already really, REALLY hate tracking my food 'cuz I'm totally impatient and adding everything into the tracker is tedious, but my computer is a dinosaur and there seems to be something about Spark's food tracker that totally pisses off my computer's Shockwave Flash. Cuz it crashes it regularly. I might eliminate the tracking food portion of my goal just based on this. It takes 3 times as long, requires either a browser restart or a computer restart, and I just don't have that kind of time. Maybe I'll consider getting Spark's app, but I hate tracking from my phone 'cuz phones are tiny and squinting sucks. Also, I have no problems with the fitness tracker. What's up with that?!
Anyway, eating was challenging. I found myself binging at some point this week on junk. I was bored and tired during that binge. On the plus, in the days following, I was very aware of my cravings and such, and so I tried to be more mindful of my reactions when it came to food. I exercised a tiny bit more self control. Although today I had candy- not binge candy, just candy 'cuz I have a lot from Christmas. I did do my best to incorporate more vegetables where I could, and snack on fruit when it was available. One day I had NO veggies in anything I ate, and so the next day I rectified that situation. I know this is a process, so I'm not expecting perfection. That's okay.
Also, I weighed in this morning (I said I'd make Saturdays my weigh day) and...
I lost 1 lb! Yay! That's what my goal was and my body decided to cooperate for this week to meet it. Happy about that!
The "other" goals from my stuff I have done a few of:
-Made birthday cupcakes to take to church
-Read Bible nightly
The rest of my "other" goals I can't quite do yet- counseling is only available when school is in session, I don't really have any way to make friends yet, so I can't socialize with them. Bible study on Tuesday hasn't started up yet, should this week. I need to pray more. And I can only participate in hospitality ministry when I can afford ingredients for stuff, and that's okay. I'll do it when I can. I can, and should be journaling and reading for pleasure. I don't need to implement my food plan of MWF crockpot dinners until school starts, so for now "wingin'" it is fine.
My AccountabiliBuddy and I have been sorta discussing the heart rate monitor and calorie burn issue. Maybe ya'll have a few cents to chip in with? See, I've been tracking my fitness and Spark seems to think all my hard work is burning around 230-250-ish calories at a time. My heart rate monitor is telling me I'm burning double that- or more- in a given sweat session. You can even go check my fitness tracker (I do share my trackers) and I've noted what my HRM reads versus what Spark's tracker says. What do you all think? What's more accurate? What do you THINK is more accurate? If I'm burning closer to 2,000 calories a week when Spark thinks I'm only burning 1,000 calories, then I think my nutrition might need to be adjusted at some point, otherwise I might be burning too much and eating too little. Thoughts would be appreciated.
And here's a photo of a tooth. On a cat. That's sleeping on my computer. While I was trying to use it.