Total Weight Loss

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Increasing calories (you read that right) and free workout videos

Is it really weird that I am so excited again for the weigh in tomorrow? I just can not wait to see how this week has gone according to the scale. I have definitely struggled to get all my workouts in but I am only 26 mins. away from hitting my goal, so 30mins on the elliptical today will ensure that I my goal is met.

I have also been doing quite a bit of research on how many calories I should be eating. As I had talked about before I was eating right around 800 calories a day. I am on medication and under a doctor's supervision but since I have added so much exercise I had a feeling that I really needed to increase my calories. This week most days I ate right around 1000 calories. Some days I got closer to 1200 and other days I was still just a little over 800. I am really working towards to getting right around 1200 from now on. I do not want my body to be in starvation mode. I did read that when you have a lot of weight to lose, like over 50 pounds, you generally will not go into starvation mode for at least 3 months. But it has now going on 2.5 months since I have been on this new plan so I do not want that to occur. Instead I am slowly adding additional calories to my day. And they have been good calories, more fruit and veggies, and I have let myself eat more snacks through out the day.

That is one reason I am very curious as to how this week has gone. I am optimistic and do think I have lost but I seriously doubt it will be anything like last week. I will be happy with a 2-3 lb. loss. I should not be hitting a plateau yet and when that does happen, we all know that it will eventually, I will increase my exercise.

I am also in the process of breaking up my strength training into lower body and upper body workouts. I have got to let my muscles get a rest but I like to do my strength training every day (or at least 6 days a week). This is one of my favorite sites for free exercises. I also use some of the free videos at Sparkpeople . Another good site for free videos is here. As long as you have some good music and the internet there really is no reason to spend a ton of cash on workout videos. You can get what you need for nothing. This is a good start when you don't have much money and you can always slowly buy videos for a personal collection as your fitness level increase and/or you get bored.

Well that is all for this morning. I am working on a post about a topic that just irks me but you will have to wait on that one! No griping for this morning, lol. Keep up the hard work!

No pain, no gain!!


  1. 800 calories??? What plan are you on? that sounds so low. You are doing great with excersise. Welcome to HYC!

    - Lisa

  2. 800 calories - wow.. Glad you are increasing them. With all the exercising your body needs that fuel!

  3. I'm soooo happy you're going to hit your exercise goal for this week! That's fantastic! I think 1200 is a good number of calories to strive for. Lately I've been around 1100-1200 but I don't get hungry because I'm really listening to my body. Looking forward to "seeing you" at the LHAS Challenge weigh in tomorrow!

  4. Good job girl! I think your smart to up your calories, fuel the burn :)

  5. Just wanted to pop over and say hi and welcome to the HYC! Personally I don't count calories, I just try to cut things down and make healthier choices etc. But it does sound like upping things is a good idea.

    Oh and I totally love the "Can I buy another vowel?" name.

  6. Good luck with your weigh in tomorrow, and thanks for the links! Welcome to the Healthy You Challenge. :)

  7. thanks for visiting my blog, it isnt always weight loss related but hope you still drop by. good luck tomm with your weigh in! take care

  8. So proud of you for taking the leap of faith and increasing your calories. 800 is very low. I bet your body will be thanking you for the extra nutrients. :)

  9. Looks like the increase didn't hurt because I had a 5 lb. loss this week. I was not on any specific diet. I am being monitored by my Dr. and I take adipex (phentermine) which is an appetite suppressant. Of course most people would never ever be advised to go on such a low calorie diet, but it does done for short periods of time with morbidly obese people, which is what I was.

    I just knew that I now needed to increase my calories since I am exercising so much more. My target is now 1200 but I am not going to stress if there are days I don't get all the way to 1200 or if there are days I go a little over. I am trying to vary the calorie amount each day so that my body does not get used to one set exact number.

    Hope everyone else has an amazing week too!