Sunday, May 30, 2010

Solid Food Hype

I've noticed something kinda strange ... since I've been drinking the smoothies, I haven't wanted solid foods as much. I don't even enjoy eating them as much as I used to. I snack on veggies a lot and enjoy them but meat just isn't as good to me. I wonder if anyone else on this plan feels the same way. I'm gonna hit up the message board to find out. That's all for now. Love and Blessings,Jessi :D

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Weight Loss Progress

You should probably know a little more about my weight history...
Growing up, I was thin. I thought I looked great! I always ate whatever I wanted - a lot of times - fatty, greasy foods. But I kept physically active! But I started gaining about 7 pounds a year, beginning in junior high. By the time I got pregnant, I was 155 pounds. That's considered 20 pounds overweight in my case. After the birth of my son, I kept gaining. I would eat take out a lot! I also stopped working out. Little did I know, I had an underactive thyroid that was going untreated. I was gaining weight rapidly. By the beginning of 2008, I was 235 lb! - my highest weight ever! I felt disgusting! My ankles would swell up and I would sweat all the time, even when everyone else was cold! At my annual physical, my doctor tested my thyroid levels, they were low and I was put on medication. Within the first month, I lost 30 pounds! I haven't lost any more weight from the medication,unfortunately. But I am so proud of myself for maintaining the loss after all this time! Go Me!

I found this cool progress ticker online. It keeps me confident and motivated!
I chose an image of newlyweds walking on a beach because my honey and I decided we weren't gonna get married until we're both in great shape. I love having that to look forward to! Even more motivation!

Created by MyFitnessPal - Free Calorie Counter

My Measurements (Yikes!)



My IDEAL Measurements ...

Weight Loss Is A Formula You Can Actually Calculate!

I learned from another blogger, weight loss is all about math formulas ...
Here is the formula to calculate BMR ...
9.99 x (weight kg) + 6.25 x (height cm) - 4.92 x (age) +5 if male or -161 if female
Here is the simple math equation ...
I am a 203 lb.(92.08 kg) woman, 5' 3"(160 cm) tall, and 24 years old.

[9.99 * 92.08 (wt kg) + 6.25 * 160 (ht cm) – [4.92 * 24 (age)] -161(female)
[919.88 + 1,000 - 118.08 - 161] = 1,640.8 BMI
My BMI = 1640.8
and since we don't sleep 24 hrs a day, we need to multiply the number by our active lifestyle ...
Activity Level Multiplier
Little to no exercise (sedentary) 1.2
Light exercise (1-3 times a week) 1.375
Moderate exercise (3-5 times a week) 1.55
Heavy exercise (6-7 times a week) 1.725
Extra heavy exercise (twice a day) 1.9

In my case, it's 1640.8 x 1.725 = 2,830 which is the number of calories I would need daily to maintain my 203 lb weight.
BUT I want to LOSE weight ...
Ok, so I know that my daily needs are 2,830 calories.
So then how do I lose weight?? How many calories do I need to cut back to lose 1 lb??
I learned 3,500 calories = 1 lb.

So, say I cut back 500 calories per day for 1 week... 500 calories x 7 days per week = 3500 which equal 1lb of weight loss.
But I don't want to lose 1 lb per week. I want to lose MORE!!
My diet is 1200 calories daily ...
so, that's cutting back 1,630 calories per day x 7 days per week = 11,410 calories per week
11,410 / 3,500 = 3.26 pounds lost per week. Still not enough for me! I wanna lose 5 lb per week!
I need to lose 70 lbs and if I lose 5 lbs per week, it'll take me 14 weeks to reach my goal!!
So, if I succeed every week, I will reach my goal of 133 lb. on Thursday, September 2!!
Now, let's look at exercise ...
I burn 600 calories on the treadmill in 1 hour, 6 times a week = 3,600 (1 lb)
if i consume 1200 calories then burn 600 calories, I'm left with 600 calories...
2,830 (calories needed daily to maintain weight)
2,230 (number of calories not consumed) x 7 days per week = 15,610 calories
15,610 / 3,500 = 4.46 lbs lost per week!! At this rate, I would reach my goal in about 16 weeks!! September 16!! About 4 months from now - not bad!