Friday, February 15, 2013

Weight Loss Journey Week 2

Well I've walked another 18 miles since I posted last week!  That doesn't even include the distances from walking the dog every morning (all the stops to sniff  don't make for aerobic activity).  The scale only shows me down a pound this morning.  I am choosing to see the glass half full though:  I've lost 1 1/2 inches around my gut and I can tell I have a lot more stamina this week.  I made it through 50 minutes of karate class before I felt fatigued--it's that last ten minutes of jumping kicks that wore me out.

Good Things--I've been keeping up with the exercise.  Whenever I feel like "Oh I'll just take one day off" I pull out my goals sheet and read how I want a good self image when I take Schnickelfritz to the water park this summer or that I want to lower my blood pressure at my annual  check up in April.  Those are real deadlines coming up and I can't get this opportunity to exercise back if I choose to skip it now.   I was especially please with myself for getting in my three miles on Thursday.  That's the day we have Homeschool co-op and were away from home from 10 am till 5 pm, fix and eat dinner and then head back out the door at 6:30 for Upwards basketball.  I could have rationalized that we barely have time to get through our normal schoolwork before we have to leave.  That would have been the easy route and the easy route is what got me in this predicament in the first place.  Instead, I outlined the things Fritz could accomplish on his own (read the Bible, do a sheet of Math, read his Science book) and went to my room with my Walk Away the Pounds DVD.  I was still available if he needed me, but I was not going to let the excuses win.

Things That Need Improvement:  I honestly thought that it was just a lack of activity that was keeping me from losing weight but I've added an hour of aerobic exercise six days a week now.  I feel I need to turn my attention to food.  I haven't changed my diet or prepared separate meals for myself yet because I didn't think intake was my problem.  This week I'm going to keep track of what goes in my mouth and see if if all the gains I've had in exercise are being washed out by snacking and unhealthy food choices-particularly carbs.  When I was pregnant, I developed gestational diabetes that had to be controlled through diet and exercise  (this is when I first started using the Walk Away the Pounds DVDs so if I could do it nine months pregnant, any one can).   I met with a dietitian and had to limit my carbs to 15-30g for breakfast and 45-60g for lunch and dinner with a 15g snack in between meals.   I gained 26 pounds during my pregnancy but was back at my pre-pregnancy weight the week my son was born.  So I know this system works for me.

For Your Information:  Last week I shared some news about water and I think I'll make an informational section part of my weekly post.  Knowledge is Power!  This week I'm including a list of activities and how many calories a  person can expect to lose in an hour. I chose the things that we like to do around our house. Okay, not the sky diving--I just couldn't believe you expend calories falling from the sky.  I figure any weight I'd lose from skydiving would be of the liquid kind if you get my drift.  You can see the complete chart with 250 activities here.

Activity, Exercise or Sport (1 hour)130 lb155 lb180 lb205 lb
Cycling, <10 mph, leisure bicycling236281327372
Cycling, 10-11.9 mph, light354422490558
Aerobics, general384457531605
Basketball game, competitive472563654745
Playing basketball, non game354422490558
Football or baseball, playing catch148176204233
Martial arts, tae kwan do590704817931
Jumping rope, moderate590704817931
Jumping rope, slow472563654745
Roller skating413493572651
Sky diving177211245279
Playing soccer413493572651
Backpacking, Hiking with pack413493572651
Walk/run, playing with children, moderate236281327372
Walk/run, playing with children, vigorous295352409465
Hiking, cross country354422490558
Bird watching148176204233
Children's games, hopscotch, dodgeball295352409465

1 comment:

Crystal said...

Keep it up! Good for you!

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