I think I’m going to up my caloric intake because the 1200 myfitnesspal gives me just doesn’t feel like enough anymore. My BMR has definitely increased, so I figure I should up my caloric intake so I don’t get too hungry and binge or what have you. Usually I do 1200 on days I don’t exercise, then add the extra calories myfitnesspal gives me from the day’s exercise. Although I haven’t been as diligent with tracking my calories, so I could be feeling hungry after 1200 calories simply because I was eating more than I was supposed to, and thats why I’m stuck in the 180s. I don’t know. Any suggestions?
I was thinking closer to 1500 a day. I weigh around 185 and am pretty active throughout the day, even without exercise. I walk a lot of stairs and to and from classes and the store and such, so I’m not exactly leading a “sedentary” lifestyle. What do you guys think? Should I eat 1500 a day, every day, even when I exercise (and not count the extra calories from exercise)? And maybe if a few days my exercise is extensive (like a 5-mile run) I can up it to 1800 or something? Let me know what you guys do/suggest for me to do!
So I decided to do some high intensity intervals on the treadmill today to get a good burn. I’ve realized I’m actually a really good sprinter and can withstand high speed running for a couple minutes. Anyways, today I was able to run at an 8.5 for a full minute on the treadmill. That’s a 7 minute mile speed. I’ve never gotten up to 8.5, and to be able to do it for a minute (I told myself I’d go for 30 seconds, but then decided I could go longer)! It was pretty sweet.
If you get the above reference, you probably think I’m super funny. That’s because I am.
Anyways, I’ve decided to get back into making goal posts! I’ve really just been trying to coast my way through these last 30 or so pounds, and it’s not going to happen. I need to get back into setting goals for myself. I need to get back into reaching those goals and feeling accomplishment. I really need to get back into making a commitment to myself and my health.
So, here are my March goals (that are actually beginning in February because I’m not going to give myself the “Once the month starts, I’ll get back into it” excuse. So as of tomorrow, I will work towards:
Weighing myself every week. Instead of weigh-in Mondays, I think I’m going to change it to weigh-in Fridays. I always seem to weigh the highest on Mondays due to alcohol consumption and bloating. I know weight fluctuates a lot, but I just think Fridays I’ll see the least amount of variance. It will also motivate me to keep pushing through the weekend and not get lazy.
Keeping track of my food intake. I’ll go like one day where I keep a perfect account of everything, then 2 or 3 days without any counting. I need to get into a consistent habit of using myfitnesspal daily. I have it as an app on my phone too, so I really should have no excuse.
Exercising at least 30 minutes 5-6 days a week. I’ve really started to notice the toll exercising less frequently has taken on me. It’s been harder for me to fall asleep at night, I’ve been feeling more tired during the day (when with 8 hours of sleep), I’ve been feeling just more down in the dumps (when I really have nothing to be upset about), and I just don’t feel as good as I was last semester when I had my routine down. I’ve scheduled in exercise every day before class, but when I’m up late studying (because I procrastinate a lot more this semester), I make an excuse to sleep in instead of going to the gym, and then I find myself not exercising for 2 or 3 days at a time. It’s ok to miss one day of exercise because I was up late working on something. It’s not okay to skip out on the gym or running because I was up late on tumblr.So the exercise has really got to pick up. I also will find myself saying “well there’s not enough time to go to the gym and then shower and this that and the other thing” but I have to remember that even a 20 minute workout is better than no workout. So even if I can’t exercise for the amount of time I usually do, I should still go to the gym or just go out for a quick run.
Cut down computer time. I’ve been spending far too much time on the computer this semester and less time on my workload, which is ironically a lot bigger than last semester. I need to be on tumblr less, save my shows to watch as breaks in between homework or at the end of the week, and use that time for homework and exercise.
Get into the 170s. I would like to be in the 170s by spring break, but that’s in less than 2 weeks time. I’m only about 4 pounds away, but with the way my weight’s been fluctuating and the plateau I’ve been stuck at since November, I’m not sure how these next few pounds are gonna go. I’m aiming for spring break still, but if I enter the 170s before the end of March, I will still be very happy.
Run a full 5-miler. I did 5ish miles last weekend, but I walked the last half mile or so home (these damn hills are just so hard to run up and down). I want to run, without a stopping, a full 5 miles. I need to prepare for the 7.3 miles I will be doing for Bay to Breakers in May.
I think those are a pretty good list of goals for March. I hope I break some other PRs along the weigh way (hahaha yes I definitely just did that unintentionally… guess it’s on my mind) and non-scale victories, but those are the main things I want to see happen during this month. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful Spring :)