I was singing along with Ben Folds this morning to my favorite duet (with Regina Spektor) – “You Don’t Know Me“…and I was inspired to write this blog post.
In the past few days I’ve gotten some comments, critiques and “tips” I feel compelled to respond to here.
As of last Friday I weigh 375 pounds. I am only 5’4″. This means I am a LARGE person. YOU, my dear readers are not this size and shape (or maybe you are and I don’t know it?). You don’t know my body – and what I am or am not capable of. You’re not me – and I’m not you.
I understand the implications of putting myself out there like I have done with this public blog – but I think some people don’t realize the journey I’m on. I’m not losing 20 pounds- I’m trying to lose TWO HUNDRED. The tools you use for a long journey are not the same as ones you would use for a short trip. This isn’t something I can’t just fix with a month of good behavior.
I have gotten 3 “tips” on my workouts:
1. “You should be running. Never mind walking, just get out there and run.”
2. “Cardio, cardio, cardio – forget yoga, pilates, dancing, resistance workouts etc. Just get on the treadmill and bust it out!”
3. “I should be working out 2-3 hours every day. Nevermind an hour or less. Quantity!”
So, keeping in mind my size…do you HONESTLY think I could just get out there and RUN? Honestly? People! Not only would it be incredibly stressful on my knees/lungs…but getting that much mass moving in one direction ain’t easy. I used to joke the only time I could run was if I was being chased by a bear. Truthfully, I couldn’t run then…I would just hide and fucking hope for the best.
Running is out of the equation – for now. Yes, I would like to get up to jogging, then running. But, it’s all baby steps folks! I need to able to walk before I can jog and jog before I can run.
As for exercising 2-3 hours a day….I have a full-time job, hobbies and a life. Who has 3 hours a day to dedicate to exercise?! Seriously! I don’t live on the Biggest Loser ranch, remember? 😉
Right now I am carving out an hour a day to dedicate to exercise in some form. Walking, yoga, resistance workouts…something! I disagree that cardio is king, you need a good balance of things to keep you centered and moving in the right direction. I’m also going to need to switch it up regularly so I don’t get bored and give up.
Now, my last rant is food related.
Here is advice I’ve gotten from people regarding what I’m eating:
1. “You need more eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein. For breakfast you should do eggs or egg beaters and Greek yogurt – ditch the granola. ”
2. “You mentioned eating 1400-1800 calories a day – that’s too high. You should cut back to 1000 – 1200.”
I am not full on lactose-intolerant, but I have to be careful with how much I have – and when. I can’t wake up and have coffee w/ skim milk, eggs and yogurt – I’ll be sick all day. I also can’t have milk in my cereal for breakfast almost ever. I can eat cereal – but it’s usually for snack or dinner. As for granola, it’s all natural, HFCS-free and tasty. I’m keeping it.
From everything I have read this is the calorie range I am eating is where I should be at. When I saw a personal trainer he had me eating between 1600 and 1800 calories. The “Biggest Loser” book even tells me that range is correct. (sidenote: Just because I bitch about the overall model of the show doesn’t mean I don’t watch! At the core, the advice is good – and the trainers are smart, qualified people).
So, there’s my 2 cents on your questions/tips/etc. Have anything to say? Leave a comment or email me! I’m always open to your comments, even if I might not agree! 😉 firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s end with a poll. I love seeing how you guys feel about my proposed question! 🙂