Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Over the long weekend, I wondered why my weight loss was not as rapid as I thought it should be. As I reviewed the previous month, I was flummoxed. After all, I had hit my exercise goals on all but 1 day and had been over my calorie goal a mere four times.
Being a researcher, I decided to look at my weighted average weight line and compare it to my days when I over-indulged.
What I discovered was terrifying.
For each day I overate (and I’m talking 300 – 400 calories), it took 4 days for my weight to return to its previous level. So, in essence, 4 days of overeating meant 16 days of stalled weight loss.
Before jumping to any conclusions that such days had to be banned forever, I went back and looked at July. A similar scenario – 1 missed exercise day and 4 days over my calorie limit.
Since there’s no way to increase my exercise level to compensate for the additional calories, I need to be much more vigilant about what I eat and make each calorie count, since its impact will be felt for days to come.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I'm definitely someone who is internally motivated. I do better in individual sports where I compete against my own records.
Even as a child, I had little interest in others' assessments. (This made me a really bizarre student, since I NEVER looked at my grades and couldn't understand why my parents thought anything but my view of what I'd learned was important.)
So, what does any of this have to do with my journey?
A few months back, I read a blog where the person was using stickers to motivate herself. I thought it was a pretty nafe idea, but, whatever floats your boat.
Recently, as my rehab keeps progressing and I can push myself more, I realized I wasn't doing a brilliant job of juggling all the facets of exercise that I needed to get back to where I wanted to be.
I'm lucky - I have a home gym so I can pretty much do what I want in the room. I bought a bunch of different colored smiley face stickers and started to use them on my calendar.
The first 10 days are in with the following:
Strength: 10 /10
2nd cardio: 10/10
10,000 steps: 9/10
15,000 steps: 4/10
Stayed within calorie range: 8/10
New stretches: 3/3
These silly stickers are pushing me to do more. One night, I came home and realized that another 600 steps would get me a new sticker, so I went for a walk. Then again, last night, with the same number to get to 20,000 steps, I simply couldn't move myself that much without really hurting my ankle.
So, I'm figuring there may be room for external motivation in my life after all.
Friday, July 26, 2013
I promised myself something nice when I got into the 150s. I made it. Barely, but I'm there.
I've been following this in TJ Maxx and bought it when it went on sale.
So, now at 64, I have a bed I like. And, I actually make the bed each morning, just 'cause it looks so cool.
Monday, June 17, 2013
An odd question to be sure, but one that's on my mind.
I come from a family with horrible eating patterns who think exercise is reaching for the remote. So, heart disease and type 2 diabetes are prevalent.
I've always joked that I was a mixup in the hospital, since I like healthy food and am an endorphin junkie.
So, why the blog?
Despite having 9 siblings, I seem to be the one who deals with things for my mum. Yesterday, when we were on the phone, she mentioned she needed someone to repair her washing machine. When I asked what was wrong, she said she tried to open the door and it wouldn't respond, so she use a hammer to pry it open, flooding the floor and breaking the lock.
So, of course, the door no longer works.
Just spent the better part of the morning dealing with repair people to get someone who will go there and deal with this later in the week. I rang mum and told her, only to have her tell me she doesn't want him to call her before noon.
I don't want to morph into this. Will eating healthy rather than processed foods keep me from destroying my brain cells?
Sunday, June 09, 2013
This is my new teacup. Have tried 6 different teas and none are exactly what I'm looking for.
The search continues tomorrow.
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