A major discovery was made this morning! With all of this beating my head against the wall to find out why I continue to gain small amounts of weight over a period of time. I’ve seen an Endocrinologist to help battle the fatigue; Vitamin D deficiency. Still have days that I don’t feel like much at the end of the day, but don’t we all?!
I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that like it’s employees to be proactive in their health. We have a nice gym full of trainers, intuitionalists, PT’s, massage. It also has 2 basketball courts, Olympic sized pool, free weights and standard cardio equipment. Cost per year to me; $24! How often do I use the place? Next to never. I love my local YMCA and the people there, but I do utilize my work gym when necessary. This was one of those times.
I had forgotten that one of the services offered is Basal Metabolic Rate testing. I took one of these tests a few years ago; about the same time I joined Spark. Back then my BMR pretty much matched what Spark was telling me and I was seeing results. Why had I not thought to have this test done 15 pounds, 25 pounds or even 50 pounds ago? Hard to say. I will say that I’m going to plan to have a BMR test 4 times a year from here on out.
Allow me to explain what a BMR test consists of; for those who don’t know or understand. If you’ve had one done this maybe a paragraph to skip. A BMR test measures the exchange of inhalation and exhalation. It take these breaths and sees how efficiently your body is processing the oxygen. How this works is that you have a mouthpiece in your mouth (duh) and it’s attached to the machine that does the measuring/computing. There’s also a nose clip that forces you to only breathe through you mouth. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Your mouth starts drying out and the bit of saliva you do have pools in the bottom of your lip; it’s near impossible to swallow.
After the test Nate, the trainer, looks at me almost bewildered. He says “your BMR is 1750.” Nate, like most people, only sees the fluffy exterior and don’t realize the level of fitness that’s under the marshmallow crème. I share a bit of my history with Nate and he’s pretty impressed that a guy of my size can go out and lay down 14 miles. I tell him that I’m training for a marathon and I’m constantly hungry even though I’m eating like WAY more than 1750 calories. He says that hunger is a good thing, but not around the time when you’re training. Nate also suggests adding some ST into my life; I believe I’ve heard that from some others as well. ;-).
So, my dilemma is Spark. I reset my tracker a couple weeks ago to my near current weight, 300#, and eliminated almost all exercise to see where my “maintenance” calories would be. The number that stares back is almost 3,000 calories!. That’s a HUGE difference and it’s no wonder I’ve been putting on the pounds. I’ve gone into the SP tracking system and adjusted my intake to 1750-1850 calories per day and we’ll see how that goes. I’ll tell you though; my stomach is growling while I sit here typing this.
On a secondary note. I’ve been having some ‘tightness’ and coughing after I finish my exercise. I saw the doctor and he said in kids they’d jump straight to exercise-induced asthma, but not in an adult. They first need to rule out any heart issues or other issues. So, we did an EKG and took a chest x-ray. Both tests were clear; actually he was very impressed with my EKG. So, now I have an inhaler that I take a couple puffs off of just before exercise.
Everyday is a new adventure!