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May 1: Health Habits

x-posted to flylady

This post is a continuation of my month-long commitment to healthy movement.

I've done really well today. I started by weighing and taking my measurements. I'm going to bite the bullet and actually share my 'before' measurements, I think, in a friends-locked post in fitfriends. I'll mostly be posting my health goals there, but I may start posting my “Ta da” lists here on my own blog.

Thanks to satoribee, I've signed up at the Calorie Count website. I've monitored fat before, but I've always just kind of ignored calories. Well I started poking around that site, and I decided to log my info and see what it suggested. I'm not sure if my scale is 100% right, but today I also (re)started logging my food and exercise. Calorie Count keeps track of how much I'm taking in and burning, which I find really helpful. And logging food and seeing how healthy it is has already made me more accountable today.

I was pretty sad to see that they calculated my BMI at 30.5. Apparently someone my height, frame, and age should have a BMI between 20-25. This makes me “moderately overweight”. Well, that's better than the last time I figured my BMI, which I distinctly remembered used the word “obese”.

Also, my morning coffee apparently gives me about 160 calories. I finally did twenty minutes of real exercising, and I found out it only burned 101 calories. At least I've learned that I usually burn 1900 per day just by existing.

I also was classified as an 'Excessive Eater', which was no surprise. Food is a big emotional crutch for me. I need to figure out a way to work through that if a healthy lifestyle is ever going to become a reality. I can't just get sad and say “Screw it all, I can eat a few donuts if I feel like it.”

Today, on Day 1 of Moving in May, I did:

10 minutes stretching/warm up
12 push ups
12 crunches
12 leg lifts
12 squats
24 jumping jacks
5 minutes walking/stretching cool down

I was going to take a walk later too, but Lyz has invited us over to see her house. I've done well with my intake today, so I think that's a good start for exercising. We're going to grill out tomorrow, so I may have to do a bit more exercise tomorrow to offset my indulgence. Still, I felt pretty good after my work out, and I stayed active for another 30 or 45 minutes of house blessing.

Edit: Ironically enough, Josh just got home with donuts. Funny, Universe.


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May. 1st, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
You Go GIRL!!! I am so proud of you! The first step is the hardest.

May. 2nd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you so much. :)
May. 1st, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
I would really like to support your journey to better health and I'm feeling really inspired by your 15-minutes-a-day goal. I don't really want to join a weight loss support community because the "weight loss" idea as opposed to "overall health improvement" makes me uncomfortable. I took the quiz on that website and it scored me as an "emotional eater", which is really funny, because I am an emotional eater, but none of the eating habits it attributes to emotional eaters are true for me. I rarely eat sweets. A big junk food binge for me is popcorn with nutritional yeast. I pig out on broccoli, for crying out loud.

It insists that I'm severely obese, which is kind of hilarious since I'm sure my diet is actually much healthier than most people who are "normal weight". I just don't believe in weight as a good indicator of health. Fat people can be perfectly healthy. Thin people can be terribly unhealthy. I eat an amazingly healthy diet, and nobody who looked at me would ever think I was severely obese. A little pudgy maybe. But seriously, one year I tried to gain weight on purpose so I'd stay warm through the winter, so I started eating twice as much. But I'm a strict vegan. Eating twice as many vegetables caused me to LOSE weight. But, emotional eater that I am, eating tasty vegetables all the time meant I didn't get so depressed that winter, and so I learned that eating foods I like when I'm sad is a GOOD IDEA! :D

Regardless, I could definitely stand to exercise more, and I wouldn't be upset if a few pounds came off as a result.

I've started trying to think of creative ways to work 15 minutes of movement into my day. What ideas have you come up with?
May. 2nd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm not sure if you're talking about Calorie Counter or fitfriends, though. Fitfriends isn't a weight loss community, but more of a healthy living community. My personal goals involve weight loss, but I made a distinction with the community on purpose. Everyone has their individual goals, and we just want to band together and encourage each other. Just wanted to make sure that part was clear. :)

At least when you 'pig out', you're eating healthy foods! When I do emotional eating, it's almost always Little Debbies if I have a sweet tooth or chips if I'm craving salty. One or both every day. I'm trying to replace those with better choices. I used to love popcorn, but my teeth don't allow it much anymore. I do love veggies with hummus or dip though!

As far as my ideas for movement, basically I plan to alternate days (depending on the weather, most likely) of work-outs like I did today (stretching/push ups/crunches/etc.) with the Couch to 5k plan. I'm also trying to bring back dancing time with the kids, and I plan to get back to my gardening. The garden work really perked me up, even if I wasn't feeling it when I started.

May. 2nd, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I see! I should have checked out the community before assuming that. From your description it sounded like it would primarily be a weight loss focused community. I will think about it.

A lot of my process with food has been discovering that some foods make me feel good, and some foods make me feel gross. Sweets typically make me feel gross. Veggies make me feel great. If I'm craving salty, I'm more likely to pig out on Tofurky than chips because the Tofurky will give me energy whereas the chips will deplete it. One thing that's been really good for me about basing my diet on ethical rather than health principles, and then letting my body tell ME what's healthy for it, is that I've now got a diet primarily based on what my body needs instead of what a book or a doctor thinks a body should need, and I've gotten very good at listening to my body.

I grew up in a severely eating-disordered home, so a lot of my comforts and discomforts about eating are based on foods that were "safe" when I was little and foods that I've "reclaimed" because I wasn't allowed to eat them. I'm sure my disinclination toward sweets has a lot to do with the fact that they were ALWAYS used as bribes/threats, so it was a great advantage to me as a kid to not be interested in them. Vegetables, however, were ALWAYS safe foods...nobody ever harassed me for eating vegetables, I could eat them all I wanted and nobody ever bothered me about that. :)
May. 2nd, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Hm, you've triggered some deep thinking on my part. I need to figure out why I eat the way I do, because it's surely not hunger. I think maybe a lot of it is growing up poor. Dammit, veggies are expensive, and I usually feel I need to save the good food for the kids. I turn to sweets a lot when I'm upset about something, and I know that particular part is directly related to my stepdad always calling me fat as a kid. I wasn't, but I would binge as a big "fuck you" to him. We weren't allowed to eat a lot of sweets either, but instead of that making me not like them, I like them too much.

I'm definitely going to have to think and meditate on this more. Thanks so much!
May. 1st, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
thanks for the link to calorie counters.
that's a good tool!

good luck
I need to lose 15lbs.

I still have to figure out what I am going to do to "move" more.
May. 2nd, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I thought it looked pretty cool, so I'm glad to pass it along. It's opened up my eyes a bit already. It suggests that I lose 45 pounds, although my goal has been about 35 pounds. We'll see how it goes. Good luck with yours, too! I plan to keep sharing my progress, so maybe I'll be able to help you find some new ideas.
May. 2nd, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
remember that even though the actual exercise time is only 100 calories, your metabolism is raised for several hours afterwards. And as you replace fat with muscle your metabolism raises more every day. :)

GOOD WORK --- keep it up.

I, however, am drinking a beer right now. ;)
May. 2nd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Ah, perspective tastes almost as sweet as margaritas. Thanks so much for the encouragement! It really does help me. :)
May. 2nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Rambly and directionless commenting (per the usual)
Don't loose your motivation, babe. As I'm in the process of weaning myself off my crazy pills, I can speak from experience that your own will is all you've really got.

Scott and I face a similar problem in that both of our jobs involve sitting at a computer all day which has that odd affect of making you exhausted without giving you any exercise in the slightest. I'm not gaining any weight, I don't think, but Scott is. We went dancing last night and trying to salsa and swing for any length of time was just . . . erg. Not good. My butt has become flabby and useless. Scott also doesn't have any rhythm, but that's another problem.

I've begun doing yoga in the middle of the museum when it's empty the last few weeks, just like you'd expect a crazy person to do. I wish the floor was less slick but what can you do. It's only slightly-more crazy than singing along to your mp3player when there's no one in the building.

I will run behind you and poke you with a pointy stick if you wish. I could use the stress-release anyway. ;)
May. 2nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Rambly and directionless commenting (per the usual)
my bad. *effect
May. 2nd, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Rambly and directionless commenting (per the usual)
Let's run together then! I appreciate the encouragement. Yoga's on my list of to-learns, and I hope to start one day real soon.
May. 2nd, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the calorie counter link. I was really surprised at how many calories I use. But I need to move more also. I want to loss about 40 more pounds and to do that I need to eat 1650 calories a day.

Best Wishes on a Healthier You!! You are worth the effort!
May. 2nd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it helped you! I was super surprised at how many I eat too, only I even went easy since the counter was showing me! We seem to have about the same eight goals. Keep me posted on your progress, and thanks so much for the encouragement! *hugs*
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