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An Update on Me
The last time I updated you on my healthier eating plan, I was down 7 pounds and nursing some pulled muscles from an overzealous workout.
It’s been six weeks since then, and I’m happy to say that I’m still working at it. I’m exercising more days than I’m not, and I’m using My Fitness Pal to keep track of my calories consumed and my calories burned.
As of last week, I’ve lost a total of 17 pounds. I can wear pants I haven’t worn since before I was pregnant, and I have seen a marked improvement in my daytime sleepiness (a consequence of narcolepsy, but clearly it has a weight-related component, too).
My first goal was to lose a total of 25 pounds by April 2. That means another 8 pounds in 4 weeks – totally doable!
Because I’m watching my calories carefully, I need to know how many calories I burn when I exercise. I need to eat enough calories to balance my exercise and keep my metabolism going, but still maintain a 7000 calorie deficit each week (that’s how many calories it takes to lose two pounds).
When I started exercising, I had no way to measure the calories I was burning. I was walking with a Leslie Sansone DVD or using an exercise program on my Wii. When I exercised with EA Sports Active, the Wii told me that I had burned 250 to 300 calories. I worried that it was overestimating my calorie usage and sabotaging my weight loss.
My friend Cat told me that I needed a heart rate monitor, and that would resolve all of my concerns. It sure did. More on that below.
Get Moving and Get Fit With Omron
Months ago, I agreed to participate in a challenge with Omron Fitness. The challenge was to wear a pedometer and see how much I could increase my steps over 6 weeks.
This particular pedometer is really nice. It was rated the #1 pedometer by Consumer Reports for over 10 years, and it has recently been given the #2 spot.
I’ve been wearing my Omron pedometer faithfully, clipped to my
pajamas shirt or in my pants pocket, but I haven’t shared any photos of it.
Because it’s embarrassing.
When I started, I was walking barely 500 steps a day. On a good day.
I mostly sit, taking care of my kids. I read to them. We play with their toys. We homeschool. I fold laundry. I make lunch. I don’t walk much.
In the evening, I sit with my laptop and my lap desk, and I type. I don’t do any walking then.
I’ve heard that we’re all supposed to be walking 10,000 steps a day, but 10,000 steps a day isn’t a realistic goal for me right now.
On days that we don’t run errands or go to Bible study, I don’t crest 700 steps unless I walk with Leslie. When I do, I usually end up around 4,000 steps.
My goal is to get to 5,000 steps every day, but I’m not exactly sure how to get there on the days I don’t power walk. (I can’t power walk every day. My whole body gets too sore if I don’t take a day off in between each workout.) Taking care of my kids in my little house only takes so much walking around, so I’d like to hear what you do to get your step count up each day.
My Omron pedometer isn’t the only tool that’s helping me to get
If you’ve seen my Instagram photos, you know that I love this heart rate monitor. I received it as part of my package from Omron to kick off the Make Every Step Count campaign, and I never exercise without it.
Thanks to the heart rate monitor, I discovered that my Wii really was estimating my calories incorrectly. I was burning between 600 and 700 calories during my workouts, not 250 to 300.
I discovered that I burn about 350 calories an hour when I’m not exercising.
I discovered that power walking with Leslie burns a lot more calories than EA Sports Active.
The only thing I haven’t done is to wear the heart rate monitor all day and all night to see how many calories I burn in the course of a day. If my weight loss slows down, I may do that, but for now, it doesn’t seem necessary.
An Interview with Bob Greene
Next week, I’ll have the opportunity to speak with Bob Greene, Oprah’s award-winning trainer. What would you like me to ask him?
Make Every Step Count Sweepstakes
Visit the OmronFitness Facebook page between March 3, 2012 and April 1, 2012 to enter the Omron “Make Every Step Count” Sweepstakes. You can enter once a week for a chance to win gift cards, a variety of Omron products, Bob Greene autographed books or the grand prize, a 4-day, 3-night trip for two to the Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson, AZ.
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