So far, it’s shaping up to be a great and pretty productive day. I had a quick breakfast of some kashi wild blueberry and oat cereal, and then a 35 minute workout with the Wii. I would have never expected a video game workout to kick my butt like that, but I won’t lie… it was rough today. I guess, though, when you think about it, workout videos can be pretty tough, and this is just like having a workout video with a sensor to make sure you’re doing the movements. Of course, it can be tricked (as I accidently discovered today) but then you’re only cheating yourself.

Today’s workout did raise some questions for me, though. According to the Wii, I burned 212 calories today. According to my HRM, I burned around 400 (I accidentally reset it to start again before I had a chance to get exact numbers, but I know it was over 400). Which is accurate? And do I go by exactly what it says?

It made me start thinking, and I would love to know the answer to this: When the HRM measures, it tells how many calories you burnt during that time period of exercise, right? But is that in addition to what you burn just by being alive, or do would you subtract from that whatever fraction of your BMR it is? I hope that’s making sense. In my head it does. It’s not entirely relevant, because I’m not going to completely flip out over less than a hundred calories one way or the other, I just thought of it, and it would be interesting to know the answer.

And furthermore, my workout today raised another question for me. I read once that you should do cardio first, and then strength, but that seems counter-intuitive. It would seem like you would be depleting your energy stores so that the strength would be either ineffective or just plain dangerous, depending on what you’re doing. I’ve also heard to go with what your goal is, and do that first, and then let the other come second. For me, my goal is to lose weight, and so it would seem like the cardio would be a better first exercise, and then strength afterwards… but I know that when I’ve done cardio first, I often have nothing left to give on the strength exercises, and I don’t want to sacrifice building muscle for it. I know that running builds muscle, as does the other cardio exercise I do… I just don’t want to feel like my workouts (and my body) are suffering from my not knowing.

I think that maybe that’s something about the Wii that I’m enjoying. There is cardio incorporated into the strength. It uses resistance bands and your own body weight for some of the exercises, but then alternates that with running in place or boxing drills.

Nate said yesterday that he is starting to see a difference in the way I look from the past few weeks. The scale isn’t showing it, and neither are my clothes, but I can honestly say that when I look at my legs, there is more definition and my stomach is shaping up a bit. Hopefully the scale and the fit are just a little bit slower to show. I wish I had thought to take a before and after pic. I mean, I could take a pic now, but there’s no before, so it wouldn’t really show the change.

Edited to add this later in the day, because it didn’t seem to warrant another post: I did some cardio boxing a little while ago to add another 180 calories burnt today. Yah!!! That makes a grand total of 50 minutes of exercise and somewhere around 580-600 calories burnt. I’m realizing that I’ve been neglecting my exercise. I’ve done some, but it’s been inconsistent and unfocused, and I’m starting to wonder if committing to it consistently may be what it takes to get the weight off AND make me feel a lot better overall. I don’t think my diet was really as big of a problem as I thought it was, but I was not very active, and I think that’s what hurt me more than anything else, so hopefully I’ll be seeing big changes.

Total score at the grocery store this afternoon. I had to run to work to drop off some papers to upgrade my certification, and while I was there, I decided to run by the Kroger to pick up some Quorn products. Unfortunately, all of the Krogers closer to home have closed down, so the closest one is about 40 minutes away, close to work. It works out fine during the schoolyear, but over the summer, it’s pretty inconvenient. Anyway, as I was walking through the bakery, I found this:

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The picture doesn’t do it justice, and I didn’t think to take a picture earlier. The bread is incredible. I don’t remember off the top of my head everything that’s in it, but my personal favorites were the flax seeds and the sunflower seeds. I used this bread to make an egg and tomato sandwich for dinner tonight. It was AMAZING!!! I got the idea from Leah’s post here. I just couldn’t bring myself to do strawberries with eggs, but I think that I’m going to have some strawberries tonight. I’ve got a container of them in the fridge that I need to use up, and I am definitely going to need an evening snack tonight.

I think I might have overdone it a bit today, but I feel good. I’ll be hungry in a little while, but I feel good right now. I decided I was going to up my workouts just a bit. Nate got all of the stuff for the EA Active for the wii. I was a skeptic, but he and I tried it together a few weeks ago, and I felt like I got much more of a workout than I expected. I decided tonight to find out exactly how much. There is a 30 day challenge on there, so I decided to start the “challenge” and see how much progress I get over the next month. Of course, I won’t be doing that alone- I can’t give up my running! But it would be a possible addition to the runs. So a little while after my run (200 calories- I cut it short today, knowing that I was going to do the Wii) I started the heart rate monitor up again to see exactly how many calories the wii torched. In just over 30 minutes, I burnt a whopping 336 calories, making my total burn for the day 536!! Woah! Since I’m somewhere around 1300 calories for the day, I know I’m going to need to eat something in a little while. I’m thinking an apple and some soy yogurt sounds pretty yummy. I’m in trouble… haha. Strawberries sound good… apple and soy yogurt sounds good… Pretty much everything sounds good right now, I guess.

Right now, I just feel pretty nasty. I need a shower!

Yesterday I decided to take an “easy” day. I only ran for about 10 minutes, and then I decided to try out a new game Nate had gotten for the Wii. He got the EA Active game. I have been such a skeptic about using the wii for exercise, but I was pleasantly surprised by this game. I wouldn’t rely on it alone for my working out, but I will definitely have to admit that my thighs were burning by the end of the workout. Still, it left me really looking forward to today’s run. I was a little bit shaken up by that- I looked forward to running. Who would have thought it?!!

I think I’m beginning to really love exercise again. That’s really refreshing for me, because for such a long time, it was such a huge part of who I was, and I feel like I have a long lost friend back. Today’s run was awesome.

  • Time: 33:36 (counting a 5 minute warm up and 2 minute cool down)
  • Avg HR: 151
  • Max HR: 177
  • Calories: 380

I would love to know the distance, but since I don’t have a pedometer or anything, and I’m running on the treadmill, I would have to remember to check the distance before I get off, and I never do. I’ll have to make a mental note to do that tomorrow. Regardless of the mileage, I’m thrilled to be moving again. It’s great to have no more foot or ankle pain, and even though progress is slow, it’s still progress.

I was talking to a friend at work earlier today. She’s our school’s speech teacher, but has recently (within the past year) taken up running. She said something that I really hadn’t thought of, but once she said it, I have to agree. Most sports (or other areas of our lives, for that matter) when you say something that is an accomplishment, the response often includes a touch of competitiveness. For example, when I say that I have a martial arts background (yes, I am a black belt), the immediate response is something related to rank. There’s a level of disregard by many if you are less than a black belt, and amongst black belts, while there is an immediate level of respect, there is often (not always) a comparison amongst styles (my style is better than your style, etc.)

Amongst runners, though, there doesn’t seem to be as much of that. There is a definite level of competitiveness on the track/road, but off the track, there is a camaraderie there. As a beginner to any sport, for many of us, there is a feeling that we are somehow lesser than those who have been in it longer. Instead, when the subject of running came up today (with another runner at the table) I made the comment that I was only able to run 5 minutes or so, and the immediate response was that it starts that way for everyone. There was no lessening of what I was able to do. I was met with encouragement, rather than someone telling me what they were able to do. It made me feel like I was more of a runner, to know that even as little as I am able to do, every runner starts there and it builds. I mean, I knew that, but after feeling for so long like maybe I just wasn’t cut out for running, it’s nice to hear that from someone else.

Then to follow that up with a nice run tonight, it really makes me feel good.

And on top of that, I had a friend ask me this afternoon how much weight I have lost lately. It’s not a significant amount, by any means, but the change has not been a scale change. A few pounds, at most. But when I look at my legs and my tummy, I see a definite change. My legs now have some muscle, and my stomach is beginning to flatten out a bit. Mind you, it’s not a huge change, and I’m shocked that she can see it. I can only tell when I’m wearing shorts or a tighter shirt, and I didn’t wear either of those today. Still, I’ll gladly take any change I can get! Scale or not!