Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall is in Full Swing

I was quite productive again last night... Not in fitness but in crafting. I made some body scrub - about 18 jars; 12 and eight ounces of varying types. I'm getting ready for fall - with some cozy, comforting scents. The cool, crisp fall air that we've had lately is definitely a reminder that fall really is here. As much as I'd like to pretend it should still be summer, it IS nearly October. The recent weather has proven that. If you have a while longer before cooler fall weather reaches you, enjoy it!! Anyway, body scrubs... I made some yummy, sugary, cozy scents as well as a refreshing scent or two. I'm definitely not done! I want to make some more scrubs and then when I'm stocked up on scrubs I'll move on to lotions or something. I also need to make some more lip gloss but need to get some more pots before I do that. I think I'll work on scrubs tonight for a bit and/or one of the Halloween costumes. AFTER I work out, of course.

My workout yesterday wasn't that great - just  about an hour walk with the dogs; in the wind and cold! I burned a few more calories than the last time. Hmm...Perhaps from the bit of wind resistance I encountered? Or possibly from trying harder than normal to control the two beasts because Belle kept trying to chase leaves as they flew by. Normally they just stop to sniff things and she dive-bombs the grass. For some reason she thought that the leaves were something to be chased.

Today is a bit nicer - still a bit breezy but warmer. I think I'll add a bit of length to our usual route. I'm not sure how much more time it will be, but I'm aiming for at least 10-15 more minutes. I'm adding it to the start of the workout so I'll check it out at my usual half-way/turn around point and see where we're at.  After the walk I'll probably get dinner started and while it's cooking, do some biking. I'm definitely not in the mood to run today. I didn't sleep well last night and am definitely feeling the lack of energy this afternoon. Maybe the walk will recharge me a bit. Even so, I'll probably stick to biking. Oh! I'll spend my biking time in my mini-gym at home..... No worries; I'm not leaving the oven on and venturing away!!

I can't remember how long my dinner (broccoli and cheddar stuffed chicken from Skinnytaste) will need to be in the oven, but I think it'll be 30-40 minutes. I'm sure I'd like to bike longer than that. Maybe I'll put the oven on warm at that point and bike a bit longer. Unless I am super hungry. Then maybe I'll eat and bike again after. I guess we'll see how it goes.

My eating has been great again today... With the banana I'm currently eating and dinner pre-tracked, I am at exactly 1200 calories, without calories burned included.  It's rare that I hit 1200 exactly. I'm honestly thinking of eating something, even something small, to make it a little higher count. Then again, biking won't burn nearly as many as running, so who knows.  I haven't had many protein shakes lately so depending on my burn maybe I'll have one of those after my walk. Or this evening. If I do plain chocolate (just powder, ice, and unsweetened almond milk) I'll only use 180 calories. I anticipate burning about 400 on the walk and hopefully 400-500 biking (I have an hour of that in mind). I'll be more than okay to have a shake with that burn! One shake won't be a big hit to my day; and I am sure I'll be good with a little extra protein.

On calories taken in and burned....

Some say you should eat back what you burn and that your (using a female as an example, since I am one; for a male it would be 1600) net should be no lower than 1200. Some say you should eat a little more and eat back some of what you burn. Some say you should eat at least 1200 calories and then it doesn't matter if you eat back what you burn. I say... Eat no fewer than 1200 calories a day and be healthy. If you burn 1000 and want to eat half; then do it. If you don't, then don't. I've tested the theory of eating back some or all of what you burn so that you stay at a net of 1200 and honestly... I've seen no change. For me, that doesn't work to promote weight loss. If I'm full at 1250 and then burn 500 and have am still full, then I'm not going to eat more just for the sake of reaching a number. If I'm not hungry and I'm at my 1200 taken in, then I'm not going to force myself to eat more. Don't feel like you HAVE to eat more if you're at 1200.  Eat the healthy amount that feels right for you. The same is true for the opposite... If you're truly hungry (you feel it physically) then you should eat - not a giant meal but  a small, healthy snack with a side of water. Your body needs to function properly and it needs fuel to do that. If you are really hungry, your body will tell you.

I suppose, I should stop writing about being healthy and get to it. My post-work rest (blog) time is about over and I need to get out there and walk. I think the dogs are ready to go too. They love walks, they need walks too.  Yes! Your dogs need to exercise!!! What's healthy for you is also healthy for them! I feel that your dogs should be exercised at least a few times a week. Whether it's intense play (chasing something, jumping, whatever), a walk, or a run, your dogs need to move, especially if they are indoor home alone during the day dogs like mine! I doubt they play a whole lot when I'm not home so I like to get them out and make them move. They love it! And it's a great bonding time for us.

By the way... Your cats should get exercise too... And Hamsters...Any pets really. Obviously they won't all exercise the same way, but make sure they're getting some activity!


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