It’s Saturday morning and I’m at the end of my second week of early morning cardio which is either fast-paced walking or biking. I give myself a break on the weekends but on Wednesday I started to come down with a cold. The back of my throat hurt. I thought it was because of the fires in the area which has increased our air pollution tenfold but I didn’t let that stop me Thursday morning.
I’ve wanted to find a way to incorporate fitness into my day, which is why I got my Fitbit. With the kids back in school and bike trails only blocks away from our home that wind down beautiful paths on the edges of lakes and streams, it keeps me engaged and wanting more of it every day.
After battling through Thursday’s three-mile walk and the onset of cold-like symptoms and extreme fatigue, I decided to give my body a break on Friday. On Thursday after the walk, I felt like crap. I drank lots of water and zonked out on the couch. Which made my productivity level sink. This cold and the fact that I’m trying to eat fewer calories zapped my energy and motivation down to nothing. I just didn’t have anything left in the tank.
While I’m not trying to lose weight, I am trying to change what I eat to bring this fat skinny body more muscle. What I discovered this week was that I wasn’t eating enough calories and that probably also contributed to the extreme fatigue and the onset of a cold.
Here’s my problem. I’m basically a fat skinny person.
According to Fitbit after logging my food for a couple of weeks, my carb intake is roughly 33%, my fat intake is 45% and my protein intake is about 22 percent. I eat a lot of fat. I never realized that. But its in terms of butter on toast, mayo on sandwiches, I love bread and pasta and I’m not so much a meat eater. I just don’t prefer it unless its deli meat, but I do love salmon and eat that at least once a week. It has good fats in it.
So basically at 100 pounds, the majority of my body is fat and bones. So I’m a fat skinny person with little to no muscle!
I learned however that I CAN change my body’s physic. To change my body’s physic from fatty tissue to muscular tissue, my macro-nutrients for an Ectomorph, which is what I am, needs to look like this: 25% protein, 55% carbs and 20% fat. Fitbit is great at helping you achieve this balance. Every time you log your food intake it gives you your percentage ratios. So while I’m still trying to figure out how to lower my fat intake while increasing my protein intake (because a lot of meats and nuts are fatty), I can at least get this accomplished with the app that auto-calculates it all. This is why I love Fitbit! Without it, I unknowingly would be eating more fats than I should.
I have learned that cottage cheese is a wonderful thing to start and end your day with. Its high in protein and low in fat. While nuts, I thought were great, they are very high in fat and makes the ratio imbalanced. Go figure, I have always heard that nuts are a great source of protein, but most people fail to mention that nuts have double the amount of fat in them than protein on average, for every 1 gram of protein you have about 2 grams of fat which screws up the ratio you are supposed to have. But the good thing is that if you do consume nuts, at least you are getting good fats. Meaning they are high in Omega 3’s and the good fatty acids your body needs.
I did not want to take a break Friday morning, but after two terrible nights of sleep and feeling very fatigued, I did just that. I thought it would be better for my body than pushing through it. My habit in the past was to stop when it got a little rough and wait for it to get better. I’m trying to beat old bad habits. I’m not going to consider this part of that though unless of course I decide not to get back out there come Monday morning. I don’t think I’ll do that to myself anymore because I recognize the habit.
So instead of 3 miles of cardio, I decided to focus more on my water intake and give myself a chance to nap if I needed to. Sleeping helps you get better right?
When Monday rolls around again, I want to get right back on the horse and do my three-mile walks. This early morning exercise is supposed to energize me, not drain me of all life, but I will attribute that to the cold I have and maybe not eating the right ratio of nutrients. I also think I just need to get used to being this active. It will soon be energizing I’m sure of it. Plus look at these views:
So anyway I have to work for it just like anybody else. Looks can be deceiving. I’ve been told all my life, “you’re so skinny, eat a burger”. Not after having babies! I might be thin, but I have a lot of belly fat around my stomach. It’s not toned in any way, so that is what I’m working on, slowly but surely.
So I have to burn the fat off via cardio, watch what I eat, consume more protein, less fat and fewer carbs, then I can start to build muscle. Which is just like what everyone else has to do to get to where they want to be. So I’m no different from anyone else in that regard.
Do you have fitness goals you are striving for? Do you use a Fitbit? If so, what do you love about it?
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