I think too much…


So after reading other people’s blog posts and comments, I’m coming to the conclusion that I’m not eating enough to counteract the activity I’ve recently been doing.

I went to Zumba last night and got talking to one of the instructors who asked me about my pedometer. She’d noticed me wearing it and fiddling with it before the workout and asked me how many steps it records me doing per class. I wasn’t sure but told her I usually stick it on moderate activity and see how many activity points it earns me in an hour. To my surprise she said that I should actually be putting my pedometer to record high intensity activity as we’re always putting in lots of effort and getting a good sweat on.

Weight Watchers use the following as a guide to activity intensity levels;

and I can completely agree with the ‘High’ box. After each song/routine, we break for a very quick drink then carry on. Usually I can have a swig of squash and then regain my breathing composure to carry on with the session so I probably am working quite hard for that hour.

A few people who seem to have more success in actually losing weight on a more consistent basis have recommended that I use some of my weeklies and my activity points because my body is probably burning off fat when I work out but then storing it when I’m not exercising because my metabolism isn’t in full swing as I’m not eating enough to keep it going.

I’ve eaten more than I would normally done tonight, I’ve treated myself to a bag of Heston Blumenthal’s Salted Caramel Popcorn which is a massive 15pp per 125g. Definitely worth the blow out. So that wipes out my activity points earnt yesterday and I’ve just devoured 3 WW digestive biscuits which equates to the 3 activity points I’ve recorded today.

I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s my friends wedding and i’ll be wearing the dress. I can’t wait to get ready for it and feel comfortable in my own skin. I can’t wait to see my friend looking totally amazing in her dress and for all her dreams to come true. I’m going to scour the net/YouTube shortly for make up tutorials so I can have a practice tomorrow night. I want to make sure I look dolled up enough but not look like a drag queen! I’m embracing the girly-ness that’s arrived with the confidence of losing weight but trying and experimenting with make up isn’t one of my talents. I guess that’s why I’m really excited to wear a dress. I’m actually enjoying seeing my body change shape into womanly curves rather than a big wobbly blob.

In other news, I’ve not had chance yet to fit in another C25k session so am planning to do that tomorrow before I walk the woofers legs off. I’m hoping it’s not going to rain as I don’t dig the drowned rat look whilst running!


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  • Reply Paul 17/05/2012 at 8:52 pm

    I think if you followed the plan and weighed once a year on the 30th of November you would have good losses every year. Weekly is up and down because the body is a weird complicated thing that adheres to earth 99% of the time but everynow and again for no good reason you get a sts or the loss.

    Keep tracking weekly but when reflecting on a loss do it over a longer term xx

    • Reply Suburban Mum 21/05/2012 at 1:23 pm

      testing (you can delete this!)

      • Reply mrsshilts 21/05/2012 at 4:51 pm

        Thanks for the test, shall we see if this works..(or not!)

  • Reply Sarah with love 18/05/2012 at 11:13 am

    I just want to say that you sound alot happier in this post today then you have in the last couple, it sounds like your coming to terms with this “blip” in your weight loss and think thats really important. Sometimes we forget where we have come from and focus more on where we are going and its just as important to recognise how far you have come and that even though you may have had small gains you still ate healthy foods and did exercise which in long term is more likely to have positive effects on your body then if you were not on track. This is going to be a long process and often we focus too much on what number on scales say rather than how are body is adjusting so I’m really pleased for you that your starting to see some changes in your body and hopefully even if scales arent on your side at the moment it still makes all this hard work worth while.

    Good luck with this week :)

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