To all of my faithful blog followers, today is the big day!
I know that the past few weeks I have definitely dropped the ball on keeping up with all of you and my lack of posting.
I will be catching up this weekend with lots of juicy details .. and the weight is now down to 167!!! Almost 15 pounds total..
🙂 Miss you all!
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday started off on a good foot. I lifeguarded in the morning for about four hours, which was actually enjoyable work compared to how the internship madness (happy madness) has been. Sitting watching children around the pool and doing a bit of manual labor never killed anyone. During my breaks from being up in chair, I was able to water jog and that was great. It’s funny how you can’t really feel your sweat or see your sweat until it starts dripping down from your head, since that’s the only part of your body that is above water haha..
After work I headed down to a family party and had THE hardest time trying to control what and how much I ate. I did go a bit over, actually a lot over if you want my honesty, and then we went out for drinks with some friends. I definitely kept my drinking in check though since I had known about the plans since that morning, so I just put in the drinks in My Calorie Counter App and then budgeted from there. Not to mention, I limited myself to Vodka and Water and a Single Margarita!
Sunday was a lot busier, but it was my workout that was hustlin’. I went on a solid run for 52 minutes, cooled down for a 15 minute walk with the dog and then swam and tread water before lifeguarding. I just felt phenomenal! Like I needed it after the day I had with all that crappy eating and then drinking the night before. Definitely successful and proud of it. However I was soooo beat and had to take on Monday and working.. yikes
Workout – Saturday
Water jogged for 60+ minutes and walked the dog for 40+ minutes… Also lifeguarding for 4+ hours.
Workout – Sunday
Ran for 52 minutes. Map My Run said I burned over 900+ calories. Walked the dog for 15 minutes as a cool down. Swam laps for 26 minutes and Tread water for 15 minutes.
Food – Saturday
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,109 calories and consumed 1,880 for the day.
Greek yogurt, granola, and a peach & pie crust dessert
Greek yogurt, a salad with mixed greens, little bit of honey dijon dressing, tomatoes, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, some feta, and a small cup of turkey chili.
Spinach and artichoke dip, salad with all the toppings, mushroom risotto, swedish meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, veggie lasagna, chicken picatta, cheesecake, and cupcakes.
Vodka and water and a Margarita
Food – Sunday
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,955 calories and consumed 1,009 for the day.
Greek yogurt, granola, a salad with mixed greens, cucumber, little bit of honey dijon dressing, tomatoes, celery with peanut butter, red peppers, clementine, and a banana
Some cooked spinach, mushrooms and couscous
Soft pretzel and some chocolate malt
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One way I make it through my work out when I’mhuffing and puffing on the treadmill is to tell myself that after it’s all over, I can reward myself with a little extra food. That’s because exercise revs up metabolism, right? Wrong. For years the common refrain from fitness gurus and diet books has been that if you exercise regularly you’ll keep torching those Big Macs all day long–and even at night (“It’s a miracle! Lose weight while you sleep!”).
The “boost your metabolism” chorus makes many people scratch their heads when they start an exercise program and step on the scale a few weeks later to discover their weight hasn’t budged, or maybe they have even gained a pound or two. To help understand the relationship between activity and weight loss, a team of researchers studied the Hazda, a hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania, and published the results in an article in the most recent volume of the journal PLoS One.
Walking miles a day to find food, the Hazda’s lifestyle is far more active than the average American couch potato’s. The researchers outfitted the tribespeople with GPS devices and meticulously measured their energy output and metabolic rate. Surprisingly, what they found was that the Hazda burned only about as many calories a day as a typical Westerner. The team concluded that the primary cause of the obesity epidemic that is plaguing countries like the United States is not our sedentary lifestyles. They also point out that more exercise without a major diet overhaul will not solve the problem.
A second study, also recently published, goes further in detailing the relationship between exercise, diet, and metabolism. “There’s this expectation that if you exercise, your metabolism won’t drop as you lose weight or will even speed up,” Diana Thomas, a professor of mathematics at Montclair State University in New Jersey, tells the New York Times. Instead, she and her team measured that, if you are on a diet, your metabolism drops even if you are exercising every day.
The human body is incredibly efficient at conserving energy. Essentially, the Hazda don’t eat much so their metabolism is slow to counterbalance their higher energy expenditure.
Thomas says that current weight loss calculators don’t accurately factor in metabolic slow down and some even over predict based on exercise. Dr. Timothy Church of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana who oversaw the research adds, “It’s been known for some time that, calorie for calorie, it’s easier to lose weight by dieting than by exercise.”
The bottom line: while exercise has many important health benefits, it won’t significantly help you lose weight unless you cut calories.