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SparkPeople Yelled at Me! Yay!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I went to Best Buy today to return my brand new tablet so that I could afford a membership to 24 Hour Fitness. I had a little scare when I was told that I was a day outside their return policy and that they've become "very strict" about enforcing said policy... but the manager okay'd it, and so I got my cash and joined the gym. Woo!

Went to the gym tonight as a member for the first time. They took my fingerprints for check-in (!) and I hopped right on the incline treadmill. I pushed myself really hard. I wasn't huffing and puffing, but my muscles were burning and I was raining sweat. My minimum was 30 minutes; that came and went too quickly, so I pushed it up to 45 minutes.

I thought about quitting then, but I decided to try to make it to a full hour.

I came up 5 minutes short because I was so nauseated from pushing myself so hard that I was honestly afraid I'd puke all over the machine. But I was already in cool-off mode, so it was fine. And, hey -- 55 minutes of incline treadmill! That's awesome for me! I was a total couch potato four days ago!

When I got home, I came right to SparkPeople to log my minutes... and I got this message:

"The number of calories you should eat to manage your weight depends on many factors, including how many calories you burn through exercise. It may seem counterintuitive, but eating too little while burning too much can actually hurt your weight-management goals and the outcome of your fitness program. If you are consistently burning more calories than recommended here, please update your fitness settings as soon as possible. This may adjust your calorie ranges (if necessary) so you can reach your goals in a timely and healthy manner."

I laughed out loud. I never thought I'd see the day when a program/trainer told me I was working TOO hard! That's awesome news for me.

I'm going to finish out the week doing what I'm doing -- 1200 to 1550 calories and 30 to 60 minutes of cardio daily. Weigh-in is on Monday. We'll see then how I've been doing. It's so tempting to get on the scale right this second, but I gotta exercise self-control! The number will be smaller and the shock value will be better (or so I hope!) if I can wait until Monday.
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    Whaaat? Sparkpeople sent a message like that? What challenge or team are you on that they sent you that message? CRAZY! I never stick to my calorie goal - I'musually under too, but that doesn't mean I should get a "spark-spank" - LOL!!! Forget them, if you are happy withyour program - stick to it! The goal should be to change your lifestyle - not adhere to some guideline. Take it easy
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