Monday, July 28, 2008

Moms of Many Exercise Challenge Weekly Fitness Goals (click button for more info)

Exercise - I made it to the gym 5 days this week. I'm focusing on burning as many calories as possible during that 60 minutes. Two weeks ago I burned 475 in 60 minutes. Saturday I burned 585 in those 60 minutes. My goal had been 500 cal a day. Now I'm aiming for 600 cal a day. Why? Because I began this new point thing. I can SEE that it's "worth more" to burn more during those 60 minutes.

Nutrition - I continue to track what I eat with the spreadsheet/point system that Diane emailed me. I find that I don't NEED any of the bonus points or the exercise points - but it's nice to have them. Tracking points is very similar to tracking calories. I noted that the longer you do something the more "second nature" it becomes. This is good, but in this arena it can result in laxness. Switching up how I food journal has forced me to be "engaged" again. I am still mindful of my produce intake, fiber intake, cholesterol intake.....but I'm staying at or below 23 daily points....though I get extra points for exercise. Read carefully, I have only used those points ONCE but it's nice to know they are there. AND they aren't a straight exchange or there would be no benefit to exercise. For every 100 cal burned, I'm allowed approximately 50 more cal a day to eat. As I said - I don't use them....but knowing that 28 points ARE there seems easier to me than 23 points. ::snort:: (Thanks to Lis and Lisa H for their help with spreadsheets this week).

Weight Loss: - I lost another pound this week. Yesterday, when I talked to Heather, I told her I was unsure if I'd lost anything for the week. Friday night and Saturday I enjoyed much more bread (Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwhich tray) than I normally eat and had gained lbs......but after a day of eating produce and complex carbs.....I was back to where I was Friday a.m. - down a lb. That makes 3 lbs lost in 2 weeks of counting points...only 26 - 30 to go! ::snort::

Excel update: I use an excel on google for our United order. Heather has to be me IT support. Currently, I'm working with a spreadsheet with my TOG books listed in it AND the points sheet. I figure if I use the thing daily, I will learn how to make it work. I'm learning - but I have to call folks regularly for HELP - another goal of mine that has little to do with healthy living is getting comfortable with Excel. This points thing is helping me with that.....so there another goal in progress. ::snort::

On with a new week. To hear from more participants go here.

©2008 D.R.G.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

De'Etta, what is this points thing? Is it something you can send me?

Becca

Unknown said...

Wow, sounds like you've been doing great! When you go to the gym do you mostly do aerobics or weight lifting? Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Are you doing WW? I do that and count my points. Good job, keep at it!

Cynthia said...

I think you're right about the being "engaged" part of anything. As I've said on SHS.... I've used Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and Atkins all with success as long as I was consistent... switching things up a bit does cause one to really concentrate on what they are doing or not doing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being willing to email me the excel doc. you have to keep track of your stuff. After reading your explanation of it, I'm gonna pass.....how do you say this to a mother of nine.....but I don't have enough time to track all that stuff at this point in life. LoL

Unknown said...

Hi De'Etta,
I'm finally getting around to commenting on other MOMS Challenge victims' blogs. Wow, you are really serious about this stuff! My desire to lose is serious, but my efforts aren't too too.... I walk 2 fast miles a day but I still want to eat everything in sight, lol. Well, good for you.

I like your little quote thingy up there about wanting to leave a legacy, how will your kids remember you, etc. Yesterday I left them all with a bad memory... thank God for forgiveness and for little hearts that rebound quickly. sigh. Why can't I just be the perfect mom?

Nice to see you ~
Sally
HSB/diamondsintherough

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

LOL Becca - really the spreadsheet simply tracks what I was tracking in my food journal....and it's QUICKER! It does all calculations for me and I don't have to add those calories to see if I'm near the limit. LOL

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

LOL Sally...well there are serious health issue for me which cause me to be a bit more committed than I was in my 20's and 30's. LOL