Monday, March 30, 2009

numbers 101

the numbers that really matter to me right now have nothing to do with money. as i grow older, i am more aware of what i put in my mouth and i like the feeling of being in control of what i eat. after all, it is true that you are what you eat.

everyday, i try to walk 10,000 steps or 5 miles. it is a conscious effort, one that i never forget because once i get complacent, i know i will lose track of my goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle. it keeps me feeling motivated and fulfilled in a day.

lately, i have started to count my calories. i know alot of people might find this obsessive, as i once did when i found out a friend of mine was doing it. but it is very empowering to be aware of how much calories you've taken in. i like knowing that i have had enough of my daily dairy intake and how much more protein i can still have. just this week, i maintained a 1200-1500 daily calorie intake and i lost 3 lbs! and since to lose 1 lb means a deficit of 3000 calories, i had actually lost 9000 calories in the span of a week! doing this allows me to make "adjustments" when i'm craving and won't ruin my daily caloric intake.

staying healthy really is being aware of your body. and although counting the calories involves such elementary operations, it gives me a whole new outlook on numbers all over again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

i'm a waif!

i made an interesting discovery today. i'm a waif!

everywhere i go, i have a pedometer on my person, usually on my hip or in my pocket. this measures how many steps i've made and the equivalent number of calories i lost. there are 3 buttons on my pedometer: one for steps, which you can toggle to check your calories, the 2nd one is weight in pounds, which reflects your current weight and should be changed every 2 weeks at least if you've been losing weight, and the last is the reset button, to reset your steps for the next day. i try to walk at least 10000 steps a day (equivalent to 5 miles) and this usually makes me lose 300 calories (about the size of a medium-sized fries.). it's just my way of staying fit.

so i was surprised that, for the past few weeks, i had been walking 11000+ steps, yet only losing approximately 100 calories. that was just impossible. i cant have just made all those steps and not exerted some sort of effort or broken a sweat, which i always did. and that's when i noticed. my weight was only 50 LBS!!! i dont know how it happened, somehow it must have changed after having dropped it several times and i never cared to check. no wonder i wasn't losing the right amount of calories. my body was probably thinking i was over-exerting myself with all the exercise when i'm only at 50lbs! so, now i have set it at my recent weight and i am now losing the correct amount of calories.

imagine, me at 50lbs?!?! that would certainly make for a ghastly sight.:S

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

up, up and away

today, i launched my site. i am ecstatic. although i didn’t get my 10T steps today because i was working on my site the entire day, i still believe i got a lot done. i have been waiting for months for this moment and it is finally here. i can get my 10T steps tomorrow and tell you about it then.;)

i’d like to welcome everyone to TummyTalk. hope you’re all as excited as me.:D