Sunday, June 17, 2012
Natural wonders and second week of Summer Sizzle
Today I begin with a couple pictures of the rich natural diversity that exists in NW Wisconsin where our family has a cabin. Can you guess the name of the first butterfly? How about the name of the second?
No, that first butterfly is not a monarch. See that black line on the lower (hind) wings: That butterfly is a Viceroy, a cleaver mimic of the monarch. The Viceroy is not poisonous like the monarch is to small birds and mammals or other invertebrates. We believe they co-evolved together.
The other picture is a male Automeris io or the Io giant silk moth who lives in woodland areas.They are both just a small sample of the magnificent diversity we witness every day here in NI WI.
1. Weight loss: Won’t weigh in for another two weeks so nothing to report here.
2. Cycling: I began my training for the Venus de Miles this week. I rode 5/7days with one very good day of hills. There are hills in almost every ride I do, but when I do a “hill” ride it mean for me that there are hills throughout the ride. Yesterday I did a 22 mile ride of hills that was 1500 feet up and 1500 feet down over that 22 miles. This route that I do is near our cabin and crisscrosses through wonderful scenery including 7 lakes. I had my best time yesterday, too, coming in with the 22 miles under 2 hours and beating my last time by 7 minutes!
3. Cross training: I did my core exercises 4/7 times, walked two miles and went swimming twice.
4. Nutrition and health counseling: I completed my first nutrition part of the Live-Well Fitness last week. To begin the nutrition portion I had my resting metabolic rate (RMR) measured using this fun little gadget called the “Body Gem.” Here is what that gadget looks like:
Your RMR is the number of calories your body burns each day with little or no activity and accounts for a majority of the calories that your body burns. My RMR is 1070 calories. That means without doing anything physical my body burns 1070 calories a day just to maintain homeostasis. My nutritionist took into account my exercise (mainly cycling) to determine that to lose .25 to .50 pounds a week my caloric budget is 1500, again with an hour a day on average of cycling. This 1500 is not really a surprise. Over the last few months I have budgeted about 1500 calories/day and began to lose weight again.
It is not a surprise to me either that my overall calorie numbers are fairly low. If I do not exercise much, I can only eat about 1200 calories a day. This number is way lower than what I was eating before I started this journey to get healthy and fit. I am estimating that for years I ate 400-500 or more calories extra a day. Those calories piled up into pounds that eventually put me squarely in the obese category. But no more! Knowing my RMR is another important piece of information that will keep me moving forward in losing weight and becoming healthy.
I leave you with a female painted turtle who laid her eggs in the gravel/sand of our driveway yesterday. The grandbabies are excited to see the baby turtles when they come out about August 7.
Thanks for reading! Have a great week! TTFN, Michele