Thursday, February 19, 2009

Calorie restriction and exercise

I am new to exercise, it was my goal to lose most of my weight then exercise. I wanted to get used to how many calories I should be eating and also to be more comfortable in my skin before I ventured out into the gym world.
Track calories burned
I have been 14 times now so I am very much a novice and have no clue what to expect. I do know it is a lot easier than I expected.
I finally learned how to track how many calories I am burning during the workout. Monday I did 312 in 30 minutes, I thought that was pretty good and started multiplying and figuring out how long it would take to burn one pound. Well, Wednesday came and I got it up to 452, so new math figures jumped in my head.
I am now going to try and get it to 500 even tomorrow and keep it there.
Of course I am very concerned that this burning 500 calories(1500 in one week) will make me want to eat more. One of the reasons I didn't want to exercise to lose weight in the first place.
Just thinking about it, hey I worked off 500 today I can splurge tonight, keeps entering my mind. Plus my body really needs the calories I am giving it. I don't give it extra calories to work out and I don't want to.
Man this exercise stuff defeats my calorie restriction.
I am exercising to gain strength and improve muscle tone. I am not worried about metabolism, slow or fast doesn't worry me.
I did notice that I ate over my calorie count for two days now. Is this a new eating pattern starting to emerge now I am working out? Crap there is always something sabotaging me.
I am busy putting together a series of vlogs about my food choices and why.
I don't eat grains, milk, or many starches. The why has taken me into more research. I am very glad I did it. I knew they were bad for me but didn't know just how bad.
Watch for the series. Hopefully I will have them done in a week.
Learning stuff
Learning new editing software, lighting set up and writing a dumb script sure takes time.
The software is Final Cut Express. I am still not completely comfortable with it. I have two books and neither of them take me far enough. They say they are for beginner to intermediate. Where the heck is advanced?
The lighting is new too. I bought a soft box. Darn thing is huge but hopefully it will help solve my lighting problems. I need a few other lights for fill and that should be ready to go.
A script, well that is hard to do. I want it to look and sound better than what I have been doing. I write a script and camera shot locations then turn the camera on and forget what I was supposed to say, get pissed and wing it. Then all the editing to take out my dumb parts and ah's and deep breaths and cuss words.
Life is fun!


A Diva On a Diet said...

yayyy!! u are excercising, so what are you using? U should try the elliptical, its my ultimate favorite. That is a lot of calories for 30 minutes, it takes me 30 mins to burn 295 calories...tell me what you are using:)

thisAmandagirl said...

hi! I'm starting a weight loss journal and just looking for friends and support :-)

Marjie said...

Hi Amanda,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
Good luck to you in your weight loss journey.
I hope you come visit us at youTube. Create a channel, subscribe to other weight loss channels, including mine, and leave comments.
It is fun