Before I get to what the hash-tag in the title of this post means, let me share my last few days with you…
This week has been like a giant reset button. My gym was closed for most of the week for renovations so spin class and lifting was pretty much out of the question. I decided it would be a good time to just get in some good runs, a lot of walking and lower my calorie intake to get a start on the weight I want to lose. Let me explain that, before anyone freaks out!
I have been eating at my maintenance amount of calories for months now; I’ll have a few days where I can stay around 1500-1600, but too many days were over 2,000 calories. Totally fine given my activity level most days, if I wanted to maintain the 16 pounds I have gained since my healthiest, happiest weight. What’s not totally fine is that the days I went over were due to eating junk, like my beloved chocolate covered animal crackers.
I have no problem eating a little more to fuel an extra workout or really listening to my body. It just needs to come from healthy foods, not walking into F.A.O Schwartz candy store meant for 5 year olds after work in a bad mood with a bitchy face, shoveling candy from the bulk bins in my mouth before I even get to the register…That was just a for instance, I’ve NEVER done that. 😉
While I absolutely love working out and pushing myself to go harder, faster, further and get stronger, it is hard for me to figure out how many calories I should be eating while doing so and still be able to lose the weight I want. Well, again, it is hard for me to turn those extra calories into something healthy and fueling versus just junk. So this week really allowed me to let my body get used to a few hundred less calories. I still ran Tuesday (3 miles), Wednesday (4 miles) and this morning (3 miles) but those shorter miles are a perfect amount for setting my intake back to around 1400-1500. I promise you I was not starving, as I would never let myself slip back into those habits! I made those calories really count and I never felt like I was missing out. Again, I am not depriving myself, I am simply in weight loss mode and really motivated to get these 16 pounds back off . I have been eating deliciously still, obvi.
I also added in something that will make that hash-tag make more sense; WALKING! 🙂 As my story goes, I lost the entire first 100 pounds with walking and healthier food. No running, no weight lifting, no spinning. Walking is a wonderful, wonderful thing. It’s one of the best parts of living in NYC; we walk everywhere! Eventually your body gets used to the inevitable 1-2 miles (minimum) that we walk here just as part of our daily commute, but last year I was walking a minimum of 5 per day on top of all my running. I would walk the 2.5 miles to work and back almost every single day, plus walk my lunch break. It clears your mind in a different way than running does, plus it’s amazing exercise. I don’t burn many calories walking these days, but I still love it.
SO, my challenge for the wonderful month of September (one of my favorite months; the beginning of fall!) is to walk or run a minimum of 2 miles per day. I would LOVE for any of my readers, whether you are a blogger or not, to join me in this. I am calling the challenge “60 In September” because 2 miles times the 30 days in September will equal a minimum of 60 miles walked or ran for the month! And that is amazing! Starting tomorrow, I am committing to getting my butt out the door for at least 2 miles of running or walking for the next month. I think it will definitely help me in my weight loss goals 🙂
On twitter and Instagram, I will use the hash-tag #60inseptember after I achieve my 2 miles each day and I hope you will too! Follow me on twitter – @heylush333 – and Instagram – @artificiallybalanced – and we can share our success!
Remember, this is walking or running 2 miles per day, for a total of 60 minimum for the day. That’s the challenge part- there is no making up days and fitting in extra miles if you miss a day! Keep it up and there will be a prize of some sort in the end!
Let me know if you are in with me!! 🙂