I created a pinterest account last week. 1,000+ pins and 21 boards later and I’m currently looking for a rehab center. Know a fancy center with no pins in sight? I am having way too much fun creating a pinterest world. My house is getting cozy, my kitchen is well stocked, my walk-in closet holds beautiful clothes, and I have a pretty impressive workout routine down. Some boards I’m thinking of adding are: a boyfriend board – the wedding is already planned, a closet for him – he will be very well dressed, a baby board, and a DIY board – for the extension we are going add outback.
If you have a pinterest account link it below, I need to get my hands on more pins.
First of all I want to say that I’m not normally a big fan of numbers, counting calories, and obsessively keeping tracking of everything. But everything has a use and I think they can be an effective tool if used appropriately. When starting out its hard to keep track of which foods to eat, how much of each, how much to exercise and when to stop eating and all the overwhelming details. Those are some of the tools I use/have used to figure out numbers and keep track of food and calories.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):
Is the amount of calories you through basic body functions such as breathing. . Calories burned through normal daily activities and exercise are not calculated in that rate. The BMR should be the minimum caloric intake per day.
In order to know the amount of calories you need to consume to maintain your weight use the Harris Benedict Equation. You essentially multiply your BMR with you activity level. To lose weight decrease your caloric intake by 500 – 1000 calories depending on how much you need to lose. Do not go below 1200 calories.
Harris Benedict Equation
Calories Weight Loss
Target Heart Rate (THR):
Target heart rate zone is the ideal heart rate you should be achieving during exercise. It allows you to gain the benefits of exercise without putting unhealthy pressure on your organs. It is usually 60-80% of your maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate is predicted through subtracting your age from 220.
Pulse and Target Heart Rate
Heart Rate Monitor Iphone App
Food diaries can be a great way to start a weight loss journey. They help keep you accountable and make it easier to judge portions and calories.
Lose It App
Exercise and Workout How-To:
Resources:Some apps make it easier to come up with exercise routines, offer a way to track calories burned, track progress, and help keep you on track. Most of the ones I listed are phone/tablet options since they offer more flexibility when exercising.
Nike Training Club
The Picture of Health
Provides an overview of eating habits across the world.
Anatomy of Walking
Discusses the many health benefits associated with walking. Simple exercise, but huge benefits.
Some of life’s most amazing comforts:
Reading a book
Walk by Riffo
Sleeping early and waking up early
Having a good breakfast
Fruits and vegetables
Having me time
Eating healthy meals and avoiding fast food
Some health and fitness resources that i found useful in the past. I’ll update the list as i try new ones.
- Blogilates (Youtube channel) great short workouts.
- Wholeliving (Great recipes, i’ll try incorporate more of them in my diet)
Tracking calories and workouts:
- SparkPeople (Used on and off for years, i do pretty well as long as i keep checking in and entering my data)
- MyFitnessPal (I know its similar to SparkPeople, highly recommended to me. I might sign up see and check it out)
- Nike Training (My favourite workout app, ever!)
- Lost it