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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The numbers don't lie

Taking a look back at my calorie charts from 2008 - 2009, when I consistently lost 30 lbs., it's no wonder I've been struggling.. I'm eating a lot more calories and exercising WAY less.  The charts/numbers may look low but I felt 100% fine and got in intense workouts almost everyday... compare that my once-maybe-twice-a-week exercise sessions now and it's pretty sad.

So back when I first started my weight-loss journey...

... I ate between 1400 - 1600 calories and ended up with anywhere from 1000 - 1400 net calories (daily calories minus exercise calories).  I didn't have a heart-rate monitor or anything to track my exercise calories burned, so the numbers/estimates of burned calories were just pulled from the database I used to track calories.  Back then, my workouts consisted of a religious 6x a week schedule, made up of cardio 5x a week and weights 3x a week.  May have been too much to try and sustain for a lifetime but to know that I was capable of that kind of disciple is comforting.  Now look at my current numbers...

Over the last several months...

... I ate about 1600 - 1800 calories and usually ended up with a net calorie range of 1200 - 1600.  That's about a 200 calorie difference and probably even more because nowadays, I think I overestimate my calorie burn and underestimate my calories consumed.  Workouts over the last several months ranged anywhere from non-existent some weeks to 3 - 4x a week but on average you're looking at 1 - 2x a week.  And the workouts are WAY less in intensity level (I count walks as exercise now... I never did before) and WAY less often.

So this is me being accountable for my actions today.  

Workouts have to be no less than 3x a week and walks do count!  
Walking 3x a week is better than 0x a week!

Calories and nutrition have to be kept in check... time to bust out my measuring cups, spoons, and kitchen scale... and of course incorporate more home-made meals with my herbs!  

Working on them baby steps is the key!


Annalisa201 said...

Yep, walks do count, I learned that a couple days ago. I can't believe how stuck in my "must work up a sweat running or bootcamp" ways. I have been re-training my mental wave lengths back to basics, glad to see you're doing the same. Did you see Nancy's website? http://nancy-losingitforthelasttime.blogspot.com Check it out, totally inspiring, her re-start.

So glad you're still blogging Annie :)

Amelia said...

Good Luck to you! Sounds like you have a good plan in mind!