According to My Fitness Pal, an app I have been using to track my calorie intake and expenditure, a person of my age/size needs to achieve a balance of 1200 calories per day to lose 2 pounds per week. So for the past two weeks, I have been shooting for this number. If I don’t exercise that day, I need to stay at 1200. If I exercise, I can add the number of calories I burned into my allowance that day.
No problem, thought I, when I was in college I used to live on just Diet Coke, cigarettes, and the occasional granola bar. Piece of cake.
Well someone is not in college anymore (and doesn’t smoke anymore). Apparently non-smoking grown-ups with jobs and children need to eat food, and even a 1200 calorie allowance has been tough.
Sample menu for one day:
- Hard Boiled Egg – 70 calories
- Banana – 110 calories
- Homemade spaghetti with 3 turkey meatballs – 259 calories
- Strawberries (1 cup) – 49 calories
- Sabra hummus single cup – 150 calories
- Carrot sticks – 14 calories
- Costco Trail Mix (3 tbsp) – 150 calories
- Extra lean pork tenderloin (8 oz) – 260 calories
- Texas toast (1 slice) – 150 calories
And I’m STILL 12 calories over budget!
It’s been very eye opening to write everything down, especially since I thought I was eating healthy before. So far I have done an ok job with staying on track, except for the weekend my husband and I went on a little getaway to St. Simon’s Island and splurged on Zaxby’s, movie theatre popcorn and wine.
No results yet, though. Clothes are still fitting the same, thighs still annoyingly rubbing together during the long hike from work to the train. I did, however, wake up so sore from kickboxing this weekend I could barely walk. So I must be doing something right?
I have been gaining and losing the same 10 pounds since I was about 15. The cycle went something like this: once I realized I was getting fat again, I would start running on the treadmill every day and eating next to nothing until I was a size 2. Then I would stop. Then I would get fat again. Keep in mind I am only 5’3, so the difference between fat and not fat is really only about 10 pounds.
The last time I actually felt like I was in great shape was at my sister’s wedding in July 2008. Then I graduated, got a real job, and all of that progress went out the window. Not having that convenient (and free) on-campus gym and running trails really took a toll, I suppose. You’d think that marrying a fitness freak would motivate me to stay in shape. Well, it motivated me to start going through that 10 pound cycle over and over again.
Add a baby into the mix. I gained 35 pounds when I was pregnant with Lucie. Technically that is still within the acceptable range for pregnancy weight gain, but when I first got pregnant I was already on the higher end of my usual weight fluctuations. And I cannot seem to drop the last 10 pounds of baby weight. I can fit back into most of my old clothes, but there is a definite muffin top. It’s depressing.
A few months after Lucie was born I joined Adrenaline Fitness and have been loving it so far. Although I haven’t been going consistently enough to see a difference, it’s definitely the best gym I have been part of with challenging classes.
But I am resolving to change my body and get in shape. We’ve even talked about signing up for the Savannah half marathon on November 3rd. I thought it would be interesting if I documented my progress here, if only just to keep myself motivated.
- Finding time to go to the gym. Yeah, I know – “if you have time to get on Facebook, you have time to work out” and bla bla bla. But here’s the thing – I have a choice of 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. group workout classes during the week. Lucie goes to bed at 7:30, so if I go to the gym after work I don’t see my baby all day.
- Chardonnay. It calls to me.
- Office Temptations. Now that I’m working in the city, there are tons of great restaurants within lunch distance. It’s also one of those offices where there is always food. People love to bring in treats. I never want to say no for so many reasons.
- It’s Hot. Not sure this counts because I see folks out running in all sorts of crazy heat. But highs in Atlanta have been in the low 100s.
- Group Classes. Group classes always challenge me much more than I challenge myself. My favorites at Adrenaline are Body Combat (kickboxing), Body Step and RPM (spin). I know that I need to add more resistance training, so my goal is to do Body Pump at least once per week.
- Taking Public Transit to Work. Which means another 30 minutes or so of walking per day to get to and from work.
- My Fitness Pal. A great little app that allows you to track calories burned and “earned” throughout the day. I find it’s very eye opening to track calories. You can search a huge database to find caloric values, as well as exercises.
- Couch to 5K. Another great app. This one’s not free, but it’s something I really feel I can stick to since it starts out relatively easy. Plus, you can listen to your favorite playlists AND the commands at the same time!
I plan to keep track of my progress here, but here’s the thing – I don’t really like weighing myself. I know the fact that I don’t kind of breaks a cardinal rule of dieting, but I would so much rather evaluate progress by how I look & feel, and how my clothes are fitting.
So many things to think about. If only Ben Stiller could move in, take away all my junk food and force me to exercise every day.