The Other Week 7

I’d like to revive a Back to the Fridge feature I started (and then abandoned) over the summer. I’m going to republish my original Return to Onederland posts. Each week of this Return will be followed by the same week of the previous Return. The idea is to help keep me on track and remind me that I really did do this once. After all, if I can do it, then I can do it too!

Each republished post will be divided into three parts: 1) the boring intro, 2) the side-by-side graphs, and 3) the original post. Isn’t this going to be fun? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. But here goes anyway…


p.s. If you’re relatively new here, follow the Tales from the Treadmill link below. People seem to like that one.

Side by Side Comparison

These charts are for the geekier and more scientifically-minded readers. Here are side by side charts of both average weekly caloric intake and my average weight for the week. Yes, I’m that pathetic.

Graph: Side by Side Calories for Week 7

Graph: Side by Side Weight for Week 7

Original Post Date: September 15, 2008

dumbellI marked my monumental return to exercising three months ago with my now famous (ha ha) Tales from the Treadmill post. Oddly enough, though I kept at it, I didn’t really post any more about exercising after that.

So it’s time for an update! Looking back, I can now divide the exercising into three distinct phases:

  1. Going to the gym regularly.
  2. Vacation.
  3. Not going to the gym at all.

Phase 1
The first couple weeks were great. I’d typically do a thirty minute session with a five minute cooldown and burn about 320 calories in the process. I walk fairly slowly, compared to all the Olympic sprinters surrounding me. They’d fly along at 6, 8, even 10 MPH. If I hit 3.5, it was a real feat. (And you know what’s really odd about that? 3.5 MPH was my marathon pace. I actually walked 26.2 miles in about seven and a half hours. Now I can barely do thirty minutes on a treadmill at the same speed. How lame is that?)

Phase 2
Ah vacation … where I did nothing but gain weight and raise my blood sugars. The only good thing to come out of this was a renewed desire to lose weight and exercise. I resumed treadmilling on July 30 with another 35 minute session, but only burned 268 calories. “That’s okay,” I told myself. “You’re just getting back into the swing of things.”

Then on August 7, I did something I’d never done before. When the machine popped the question, “How many minutes do you want to endure this time, punk?” I paused for a moment, thought about it, and then entered 55. That, plus the cool down, made an hour. “Yes,” I told myself. “It’s about time I actually exercised.”

I don’t know about you, but the worst point on the treadmill falls between 5 and 15 minutes. That’s when I already feel like I’ve done enough walking yet haven’t even come close to my goal. But today I had the tunes cranked (finding songs where my legs could match the beat) and the minutes just flew by. It couldn’t have gone any better had I slept through it. (Which I wish I could do sometimes.)

The amazing part, however, was the calorie counter. It just kept going up and up and up: I passed 300, then 400, then 500. When the cool-down period hit, I realized I could probably make 600. So I sped up, increased the incline, and bam hit 601 just as the hour was up.

Every time after that was better than the last. This culminated with a near 670-calorie burn on August 23. I was ready to rule the treadmilling world when I was blindsided by school.

Phase 3
Activity-filled school nights coupled with long work days left little time for exercise. And the little time I did have, I squandered on Cheez-It eating. So it was amazing that I managed to make it back to the treadmill just this past Saturday. I “only” burned 524 calories, but it was enough to hopefully cover the juicy cheeseburger I ate later that evening. At any rate, I felt pretty good. Let’s hope I can get back there more than once every three weeks.

Onederland Update

Day 49
Starting Weight 224.0
Lost So Far 11.0
Pounds To Go 14.0

Well, I apparently managed to get back to that mysterious 213.0 value I hit eight days ago. Things are still slower than I’d like, but at least I’m moving forward. And no mysterious three-pounds-overnight weight gains. I’ll take what I can get.

2 Responses to “The Other Week 7”

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said
October 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

I think it’s awesome that you have all of your weights and can compare them. Admittedly a little freaky but stilll pretty cool. Nice on the french fries in the background!

The dreaded treadmill. I know it’s time to get back on it when it needs dusting. 🙂

Biz said
October 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Debbi, you have no idea! 😀

I just got back from the gym, I did 42 minutes on the stairmaster!

I’ve met my 60 minutes a day of exercise by walking Ed at night – so far so good!

Love, your prettier sister,