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A New Year, A New Me: Week Two

Old habits die hard.

I learned a lot this week in Week Two of my quest for health and fitness. I had my class last night at . Here are the highlights:

The good news: Almost all of the 12 people in my class lost weight.

The bad news: I was not one of them.

I maintained, OK I actually gained 0.4 pounds — ugh — but I know why it happened. It was because I tend to hang onto my old, bad habits whenever I start a new health and diet plan. I tried to estimate what I ate (instead of weighing and measuring it) and I dislike tracking everything so I did not write it all down.

breaks it down clearly. Eat this many calories, burn this many and end with this daily deficit to lose weight. Simple math. As a writer, math was never my strong suit.

For me, a 44-year-old woman with Type I diabetes and I really need to lose weight for health reasons, they said to do the following:

  • Eat 1,800 calories daily
  • Burn 3,000 calories daily
    • To create a 1,200 calorie daily deficit.
  • Eat about 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat
    • To lose 25 to 30 pounds in the 10-week program.

program includes a weekly weigh-in with the trainers checking over my weekly paper log of water intake and hours of sleep. It includes a 60- to 70-minute cardio workout that is designed to burn between 500 and 750 calories.

Clear enough, right? But during the week, I didn't hit my numbers, plain and simple. I did feel sick for about four days, so that threw me in terms of exercising and eating right. But no excuses, I still should have tracked better, eaten better and tried to at least walk more.

I also need to break up my love affair with Ritz crackers. They are my go-to snack and sometimes substitute for a meal. They have been since I was in high school. It ends now.

The good news: I gained the knowledge that I have to modify my old ways, eat much more balanced with more protein and vegetables, and just follow the plan. 

More good news: The workout was not too tough for me, and I went on a three-mile run this morning and will walk tonight. In addition, I have eaten according to plan today, and logged everything.

The bad news: There is no bad news — because this is going to work! Tune in at 5 p.m. next Tuesday and share any helpful food or exercise tips that have worked for you. We are all in this together!

Patrick Morris, DC January 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Glad you are working on your health in the new year. I found a great app for smart phone which also has a website. Loseit.com It lets you enter all your meals, even scan things with your smart phone if they have bar codes and it's part of their database. I started Jan 2 (Monday was eaiser) and was down 8 pounds as of this morning.
An Beal Bocht January 11, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I wish you well Marcia and all those like myself trying to do the same. Just remember when you work out you do feel hungry after, so watch for this LOL!! Good luck everyone!
Matt Petersen January 11, 2012 at 04:07 AM
You didn't quit week 1, so that is huge! Like I said, show up weekly and you will do well, that is why I called you on Mon to help you fix all of this! Follow the plan and it will work!!
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Congrats on your success, Patrick! Sounds like a good app.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Thanks Matt. I know you are right - I just need to follow it. I did much better today!
Steve Forsythe January 11, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Like the man said on The Patch, you didn’t quit. That’s Number One. And, you learned the most from the things that went weird for you; sounds like a solid week to me. No one at TFP would deprive you of the joy that comes from discovering yourself through your journey, even if they were able to know your destination and magically teleport you somehow; they wouldn’t cheat you out of experiencing your ride. What coaches at TFP will do is show you the route they have studied and followed, give you a map and compass that works most of the time, the benefit of their trial and error, and cheer you on the journey as you discover more clearly that which you are. Listen and you’ll hear someone say exactly what you need to hear when you show up at Matt’s, it will come right out of the background chatter, maybe from the most nondescript passerby, a sign post, up ahead, you have entered, the Fitness Pursuit Zone.
Laura January 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Marcia, It's all about a lifestyle change. You are on the road. Just remember, it comes with time and consistency. Give yourself credit for the small accomplishments and try not to focus on what you didn't do or the scale numbers. You will probably start feeling a better fit in your jeans before seeing success on the scale. Keep it up!

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