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Spring in 2 Action Week one update

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Well, it’s been a week since I started the “Spring in 2 action Challenge” over at Shrinking jeans and I must say…it’s been fun.

I have had the chance to get to know Katy over at “Swedish Pancake”..and she’s pretty awesome. If you haven’t read her blog or her twitter updates, you’re missing out on knowing a wonderful lady 🙂 So go on, follow her on Twitter.

I’ve pushed myself hard on the Arc Trainer at the gym, and have been consistently burning 400 plus calories in my 30 minutes that I spend on it. I must say that it gives me quite a thrill to look down and see that many calories gone with such a low perceived rate of effort. Don’t get me wrong…it’s hard as heck especially when I’ve got the resistance dialed up to 55 and the incline at a 6 but it’s amazing to see those numbers. I’ve done alright with my push-ups this week as well. I’m at a solid 20 before I can’t do them with proper form anymore.

Eating on the other hand, I’m not doing well. I have a tendency to just not eat as my appetite runs to the low side. I have a hard time getting to my recommended calories each day, and trust me–while it seems like a good problem to have, it’s not. When you aren’t eating enough, weight loss will plateau. According to the Harris Benedict formula of BMR I have a basal Metabolic rate of 1644.08, which is what my body burns just being alive. So based on my activity level I can consume 2548 calories and not gain weight, but to lose weight I need to eat less than 2048 calories a day. However, with what I managed to eat to day, I am only sitting at 1100 calories. That’s below the 1200 minimum recommendation for women and well below the daily deficit of 500 that I am going for.

So my question to you is:

How many calories a day do you eat? Do you know your BMR? How do they match up?

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Spring in 2 Action Challenge (Witty Retorts and a Challenge)

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I’m a sucker for a challenge and I’m all over this one.  The Sisterhood of Shrinking Jeans is hosting a 6 week weight loss and fitness challenge. I put out the call for a partner on Twitter and Katy answered.

We collaborated on a team name — Witty Retorts — as we both are HUGE fans of sarcasm 🙂 , shared some of our story with each other and now, we’re off and runnin’. Maybe not literally yet, but definitely figuratively. Now our challenge is how to motivate one another with out being in the same area.  It’s gonna be fun.

If you aren’t signed up yet..why not? Get your but over to the registration page and sign up..if you don’t have a partner– the lovely ladies over there will help you out in finding one.

After all…What have you got to lose?

 

***Workout***

 

Elliptical Trainer 30 minutes 312 calories
Stair-treadmill ergometer, general 30 minutes 197 calories

A little bit of this and that —

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I’ve been pretty busy for the past week or so and haven’t really had a chance to sit down and just get it all out. So here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to:

Signed up for : Canterbury Village Cross Country 5K in May. I’m excited and completely frackin’ nervous about it. I did a half-marathon two years ago (walking/jogging) that took me about 3 hours when I was much less physically active but that doesn’t stop the self-doubt and nerves from creeping in.

I’ve been working on school work and finishing up this term at SNHU in my journey to getting my bachelors degree in Psychology, and it’s brought me to question my career path. I enjoy the science of psychology but I know I don’t want to sit for hours and listen to people complain about their lives.. I’d much rather sit and work with children in a school but I don’t know how to focus my schooling in on that. Time to see the adviser at the campus, I suppose.

I attended a hearing for Marriage Equality in Concord, and the energy and the sheer amazing-ness (is that a word?) of the support for equality for EVERYONE that I saw there just blows my mind. I can’t wait for the day when everyone is not only allowed but ENCOURAGED to love and marry whom ever they want.

I’m still going to the gym…I took a few days off this last week and really regret it. I ended up feeling blah most of the week. I made up for it yesterday though with 2 gym trips in one day..and I’m hoping to get back in there today after spending time with my niece and finishing up school work.

— Work out for yesterday–

Elliptical 25 Minutes 280 Calories
treadmill 30 Minutes 300 Calories
yoga 90 Minutes 330 Calories

Super excited–

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I’ve always been interested in running. It seems like a good workout.. I enjoyed doing it when I was in elementary school and I have multiple people in my life RAVING about it– so imagine my surprise when my favorite fitness website came up with a new “Running Section” and their own 5k training plan.

I’ve always been afraid to try running and just like FattyBoobaLatty over at Fatty Made a Funny often times find myself THISCLOSE to actually running. But I stop myself just in time. I’m afraid of looking like such an idiot and making the people around me laugh so hard that they fall off their treadmills and die…I’m just looking out for the innocent in this y’all, I promise.  My reluctance to run has nothing at ALL to do with the fact that I’m afraid I won’t be good at it.  PROMISE.

 

I guess my point in this is that I think I am going to challenge myself (and any one else that wants to join me) into actually trying to go thru this program. After all..what do we have to lose besides a few pounds?

—WORKOUT—

Stationary Bicycling: moderate (bike, biking) 10 minutes 107 calories
Elliptical Trainer 30 minutes 413 calories
Treadmill – 10% incline 24 min/mile 10 minutes 92 calories
DAILY TOTALS : 50 minutes 612 calories

Plankathon 2011

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Josie over at Yum Yucky is hosting a challenge .   A yoga based challenge, which involves doing the plank pose for as long as you can while filming it.So, being the yogi that I am…I jumped in.  Omg, was it harder than I thought.

Plank is a very basic pose but damn…it’s hard to hold. I applaud all those that accepted Josie’s challenge and I’m proud to join their ranks!

Here’s my attempt!

Workout for the day:

25 minutes on the elliptical at level 10 –244 calories

90 minutes of Yoga — 449 calories

Total —  693

For Maddie:

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March of Dimes A worthwhile charity–please check them out and donate, and one day soon hopefully all our babies will be born healthy!
I wish I could walk, but I can’t take any more time off of work. My thought will be with those walking in honor of Maddie, though.

Joining a Volksmarching club!

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What is Volkssport?

A Volkssport is an organized non-competitive walk, bicycle, swim, or crosscountry ski which is designed to appeal to people of all ages. It is NOT a contest of speed or endurance. Everyone completes the course at his or her own pace, for instance, participants of a walk event may walk, crawl, jog, stroll, run, or use a wheelchair. Some events may not be suitable for wheelchairs or baby strollers, and each event is given a Trail Rating. Routes are circuitous and the finish is at the starting point. The most common distances are 5, 10, and 20 kilometers. Volkssporting is a family oriented activity!

If you like volkssporting, consider purchasing an "Event" book and/or a "Distance" book. These books are used to record the number of events you participate in and distance (cumulative) completed. The International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV) issues special awards to participants who complete specified milestones (10, 30, 50, etc. events and 500, 1000, 1500, etc. kilometers).

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Doesn't that sound like fun?