- Dec 29, 2004
Mara, sometimes you''re a blessing, and a curse.
Hmm that''s so funny, sometimes Greg says the same thing!Date: 3/22/2007 2:30:43 AM
Mara, sometimes you''re a blessing, and a curse.
Yep and sometimes I actually hold my arms at a bent angle and kind of pump them as I work my legs too. It gives them a litle movement but without having to use the extension on the arms things. Typically in my hour workout I alternate between holding them to my sides (and not letting them bounce too much), holding the 2 little bar things on the front and pumping them.Date: 3/22/2007 12:41:11 PM
Lulu - Mara and I mean you don''t use the arms on the elliptical for hands free, you either use the little hand rests or just let your arms stay by your sides. This method helps tone the core and I have really noticed a difference in my hips since I have done some hands free on the elliptical.
Hi everyone! Just checking in and seems like everyone is still on track and doing a great job! FG – awesome you ate breakfast. I can’t ever make it a habit of not eating a healthy breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. The egg white… center cut bacon… maybe some waffles… coffee, the smell the taste. YUM! To me it’s not even worth it to sacrifice all that just for a donut.
This the 4th week since I started doing cardio every day for 6 days/week. I feel great! And my abs are definitely flatter. I watch what I eat, count calories, and try to eat 25% - 30% fat calories. My weight hasn’t dropped yet though. It’s still at 123 – 124 pounds. In fact, I think I might be even a pound heavier. I know I have to be patient but I just want some weight to come off already!!!! Hahahah…
I bought myself a new gadget this week, it’s called the bodybugg.
Though I don’t think it’s necessary, it is kinda fun to have. What it is, is you wear it 24 hours a day; when you work, when you sleep, when you sit there and watch tv… and it’ll count how many calories you burn all day… even when you’re sleeping. Then it’ll sync up to the computer with this wireless thing and it’ll tell you where you are at daily with the whole calorie counting thing. The website also lets you log in your food to see how much of a deficit you’re at with the calories you burn and how much eat. Very cool. I also tested it out with my heart rate monitor just to see if they would log the same thing.. so I did the treadmill for an hour, burned 500 cals on my HRM, and when I went to check the bodybugg.. it said the exact same thing.. So at least I can kinda trust it’s not giving me some crazy number. Anyway, since the last 2 days I’ve been wearing this thing, I learned that I burn around 2500/day, which includes my workouts, my walks, me sleeping and so on….. And I eat around 1800 to 1900. SO my weight has got to come off right?! AAARGH! Just kidding.
Man I’ve been really moody and just feeling really hungry all the time lately because of TTOTM. This is also the time that I almost don’t feel like going to the gym. But I’m going make myself go, or else I know I’m going to regret it later. Bleh.
Breakfast today was 4 egg white, 2 strips of center cut bacon, 1 waffle, and 1 cup of milk. It’s a lot of food… But I like to eat my largest meal for breakfast and then go down from there. Could be because I live by myself, and I get home really late too, which means I’m not cooking and eating fancy fun dinners on regular weeknights anyway. Usually dinner I’m happy with milk and cereal. I’m simple gal. And then lunch I had the LC panini southwest chicken sandwich. It was something like 280 calories and 8g of fat I think, and it was GOOD. Next time the LCs go on sale I’m going to get a few boxes so I can have em stored in the freezer for my lazy days.
Yesterday I did my training with my trainer at the gym for 50 minutes, burned 336 cals according to my boddybugg. And then went out for a late night brisk 40 minute walk and burned 180 cals. Total burned from exercise 516. I haven’t gone to the gym today yet… I plan to go after work and just get on the treadmill for an hour. Goal is to burn about 550.
Okay, more later….
It absolutely can be done, and you can keep enjoying life (BIRTHDAY SPLURGES!) while you''re treating your body well! You should be so proud of yourself for making the choice to do something. I see in my sister how easy it is to say "I come from an overweight family, it''s not my fault I weigh too much" and wish she could see it''s about the choices she makes that make her weigh what she does, not the family she comes from (except that they taught her bad habits!!). Not everyone is meant to be stick thin, but we all have control over being a healthy weight. You keep up the fantastic work, I''m routing for you!!!Date: 3/22/2007 6:16:35 PM
Awww...thanks so much Kim. I am totally in awe of you for losing such a huge amount and keeping it off - you are definitely my inspiration that not only can it be done, but you can keep it off, and most importantly, genetics don''t have to dictate your fate - my parents and the rest of my family are all overweight, and I''ve always struggled with my own weight, but it is so inspiring to read that you have managed to get out of that rut. I saw your pictures a few weeks back and you look fantastic - definitely something for me to strive for!!