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- Loss/Gain: +1.4 :-(
- Meeting Topic: What’s Your Next Move? Summer Bucket List of Moving
I should have waited to post my “I like to move it, move it” post, but I didn’t mainly because I didn’t know this weeks meeting topic. Oh well.
“Knowing you’ll be active tomorrow is a good way to make fitness happen.”
While I already talked about fitness yesterday I wanted to take it a step further by discussing what happens after moving is done. By moving I mean your workout.
I am one of those people that will exercise and then say “I earned X Activity Points, therefor I can eat this here cookie, or ice cream, or hamburger.” I’m sure on some level we are all like that. If you’re not, you are so much more disciplined than I.
There is a slight problem with this. 3 reasons why:
- You are most likely not burning what you think you are. I am the queen of this. Before I had a Heart Rate Monitor I was like “Oh the WW activity list is God” when in fact it is a cruel evil mistress. Once I got my heart rate monitor I looked at the calories burned and realized that I was burning almost half the Activity Points that I thought I was. Well crap. I’m not dissing on the Activity List, but I kind of am. I have a pretty good heart rate because I run, so if I look up running for 60 minutes, it’s something like 10 APs. But I am only burning like 600-700 calories (on a good day) – which in no world equates to that many APs. This is simply my way of looking at it.
- Awarding yourself with food after a workout is counter intuitive. I’m not saying you can’t indulge a little, but burning 600 calories and then eating like crap for the rest of the day is not a prime way to lose weight. You might, if you’re lucky, maintain, but the numbers won’t change on the scale for the positive. You have to have a deficit to lose weight. I suggest indulging with a glass of wine, or a beer. Or full fat dressing all over your big ass salad. Possibly dessert. OR like me – buy shoes. Shoes are so much better than brownies. Plus, you aren’t a dog.
- After you work you feel great – eating crap is not only physically, but mentally a way to take that away. After I run – like last weekend with 14 miles – I was on top of the proverbial world. I came home and the first thing I thought was “BETHY HUNGRY. BETHY SMASH.” So instead of being like “Jason let us go and gorge ourselves on hamburgers and french fries, washed down with a big milkshake.” I said “I want Chipotle.” Some might htink that this is no better, but I have perfected the healthy Chipotle exsistence.
- Chipotle Bowl – Brown Rice, veggies, chicken, mild/medium salsa & Guac = 12 P+ (Very Filling)
- Chipotle Salad – Lettuce, veggies, pinto beans, mild/medium salsa & Cheese = 7 P+ (Verrryyy filling) – you could do any combo of these items and still get a good lunch that is P+ friendly.
I tend to not feel disgusting after Chipotle, and Lord knows I eat it like 2 times a week if not more. There are healthy-ish options everywhere, you just have to ask for them.
I also need to limit my alcohol because that is a big calorie suck.
Answer the following questions and I will randomly draw someone on Friday – August 8 – for the winner of a new Weight Watchers Water Bottle (24 oz)
- What is your go to going out healthy meal?
- After exercise, do you tend to gorge yourself?
- What are your thoughts on APs? Use them? Leave them?