In my previous post I mentioned the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and what my number is, but I failed to really go into detail about what a BMR really is. So here goes...
Your BMR is the number of calories that your body burns on a normal day - as if your were sitting on the couch all day. (I know, sitting on the couch all day is NOT a normal day with two small children!) This is also the amount of calories that you should be eating in a day.
On most diet programs they recommend dropping you calories. This being that you have to burn 3500 calories to lose 1 pound! On the program that I'm doing (Jillian Michael's Making the Cut) she assumes that you are already moderately fit and only need to lost about 20 pounds, so she doesn't drastically drop your caloric intake. She feels that instead of dropping your calories (which also depletes your energy) that you should eat them and then burn them off through exercise.
In the newsletter that I get she has also stated that if you go over your calories don't beat yourself up. Instead go lighter on the next day and work out a bit harder for a day to make up for the difference.
I did my normal workout yesterday minutes the 20 minutes interval run. I wasn't able to post because my husband and I went on a date. That's right... we went on a date, and I had a great time! I can't tell you the last time we did this, but we ordered Pizza Hut picked it up in his parent's convertible, sat in an empty parking lot and ate it (I had two pieces). After that we went bowling, then the batting cages, followed by Fritz's Ice Cream (which I had about 10 bites of and took the rest home to my son who devoured it!) It was a wonderful evening and we are going to start doing this at least once a month! I highly recommend it!
I've been a little down on myself lately. It doesn't help that I'm losing weight VERY slowly when I workout as hard as I do, but a friend said some negative comments to me about what I've been doing - as if it wasn't enough. This was said to me about a week and half ago, and it's obviously still hitting me. I keep questioning if I'm doing enough now. Then I read a post from my dear friend Sara over at Weighing In and it was enough to light the flame again. She (Sara) is one of the more inspirational people you will ever meet. She amazes me day in and day out in everything that she does. It's a privilege to know her and even more of one to be her friend!
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