With less than three months left in the year, and PLENTY of progress yet to be made on reaching the goals, I've decided on a new approach. This post is just about my Focus on Fitness.
Early in the year, my sister Jamie told me in about a Biggest Loser Ranch somewhere by St. George, Utah where anyone can pay for an experience similar to the contestants of the Biggest Loser. I looked into it and saw that it had a gigantic price tag for an 8 week stay and decided that for much less money and no vacation time required I could create a Real World meets Biggest Loser and conduct an Biggest Loser inspired boot camp of my own.
So I came up with a few ideas and a list of supplies needed, and recently came to the realization that if I wanted to make this happen in 2010 I better get busy!
Let me just explain that I have never watched an entire episode of The Biggest Loser, so if when you read this, all you can think is “This is nothing like The Biggest Loser, nothing at all.” Just forgive my ignorance and call it Christy’s Focus on Fitness Plan.
One of the tools I decided I would need early on is my BodyBugg, The little armband I’ve been wearing for the last 36 weeks that monitors the number of steps I take in a day and the number of calories I burn. I have been using this faithfully using it to set measurable goals and I just love the "reality check" it provides.
You burn calories all the time… just to stay alive. You can lay bed all day, never roll over and you’re probably burning over 1000 calories. This is your Basal Metabolic Rate. What I liked about the Body Bugg was that it gave me a more useful number… The number of calories I burn if I go to work, sit at my desk, come home after stopping at the grocery store and make a dinner and then veg out on the couch for the rest of the night.
I got lots and lots of data that showed that my normal weekday burn was around 2050-2150 calories and the number of steps it took to do that was anywhere from 3500 to 5000.
I've had a couple of really good months where I've burned 2300 calories a day on average. Most of the time I'm somewhere between 2050 and 2150 as an average burn in a 30 day period. I got 3800 steps a day on average in March, (SO LOW!!) I’ve managed to get my average number of steps during the workweek up to 5400 steps by adding in a 20 minute walk. Now, I can easily get 5700 steps as an average in a month… My best months have been 7500 steps as a daily average.
Right now I have a walking partner I can count on and good weather. Things look to be changing soon, she has only 7 weeks left to her due date and then she’ll be off on maternity leave to tend to her brand new baby girl. It’s been really nice having company during the walk. When I have to do it by myself, I feel pretty vulnerable all by myself in an industrial area… just doesn’t feel “safe”. Also, very soon I’ll have Ice and Slush to contend with, so I best be pulling together a "Plan B".
Historically, I’ve never been much for exercise. Walking has been my only formal exercise that I have occasionally taken part in. This year has been different. I’ve tried my wings on a few different ventures.
The Whittle My Middle Challenge which came to an abrubt end… and I would have finished (probably) except…
The Couch to 5K venture started out after I ran 1.5 miles as fast as I could and scored POOR on one of the Fitness Tests I took along with Kaylee. I have resolved immediately that I would improve to at least BELOW AVERAGE which still meant I would be below my overall goal of FIT. It wasn’t long after and Amy talked me in to training for a 5K and we found the Couch to 5K training plan that gradually progresses you with intervals of walking and running until you can run a 5K. I’ve downloaded audio mp3 that play music and give you cues when your walking warm up is over and your are supposed to start running and then go back to walking, and then back to running… . I got derailed because my core muscles are really weak and had to put the training on hold. I'm coming back to this… but it's going to have to wait until next year.
In mid July, I got the Wii Fit and began working out really consistently with that. I weigh in every morning on it and I love that it keeps a history of my weigh-ins. It asks me questions like “Did you have a good night’s rest?” and “What is the reason for your weight gain?” :P ...Actually, that last question is not one of my favorite questions. It’s not rhetorical like the first one… I have to fess up to eating too much, snacking on treats, late night eating, etc.
I was getting in at least two days a week very consistently for about 12 weeks. Recently though, I took a couple of trips for work and I let the Wii workouts go by the wayside, only doing them a couple of times since then. Not really sure why? Just interrupted my routine, I guess, and then never got back to it.
I’ve also given some thought to taking some Boot Camp classes offered locally, or joining Curves or Anytime Fitness, but for now… I think I’m better off getting myself in better shape within the confines of the money already spent. Can't feel too sorry for myself considering I have a whole lot of really cool fitness stuff, nothing left to buy or get… it's time to "Just Do It".
So I leave you with the focus for the remainder of the year. The Biggest Loser meets My Real Life looks like this: Consistently making it a priority to USE THE TOOLS!!!
My short term goals to get me through the end of the year: 8000 step average and 2300 average calorie burns. Neither of these goals are easy… I'm going to take it one week at a time, and hope to hit goal at least 6 of the weeks prior to the end of the year. I'll report whatever I got for the past week in the morning. It's not great, but it will serve as a good point of comparison.
Here's a screen from my Body Bugg program. It shows my current Calorie Burn Goal as 2050 and says I can eat 1550 calories and still lose a pound a week. Ideal world... I'll be at 140 by the end of the year. We shall see.