I had noticed recently that my calorie burns during my workouts were pretty high– higher than I remember them being in the past. I started thinking about it, and realized it might be related to the fact that I started teaching boot camps in October. I usually do most of the workout along with my ladies, to help them persevere through the workout themselves. As of now, I teach boot camp Monday through Thursday, and I also do my own workouts first thing in the morning, Monday through Saturday. That means I am working out around 10 times per week. (I also teach a couple morning small group training sessions, but I usually do very little in those– maybe the warm up or some cardio at the end for a few minutes).
So with this in mind, I figured I should redo my 24 hour burn test. That means I wear my Polar watch for 24 hours straight to see how many calories I burn, and then I know how much to eat. This is to ensure I am eating enough for my activity levels. Last time I did this was around June or July I believe (whenever I first got the watch), and my burn was around 1600 calories on a rest day. Since working out is my “job” as well as my “hobby,” I contacted James Wilson directly to see when he thought I should do the burn test. You are usually supposed to do it on a day where you don’t workout, but when you go to work (i.e. when you have the activity levels of a typical day). James advised that I wear the watch on a FULLY active day, workout and boot camp instructing combined, to get an idea of how much I need to be eating most days. So that I did!
On Friday morning, I strapped on the watch for my morning workout. I did a shoulders workout, as well as 15 minutes on the treadmill, walking at max incline. Nothing too crazy– I didn’t even do an ATB training run. That night, I happened to have a boot camp make up class to teach. I did most of the workout, as usual.
Just 11 hours into the test I was at 2600 calories! I immediately e-mailed James and told him I cannot afford to eat more food than that, hahah! Crazy. The final burn number was..
Soooo, James says I don’t have to eat it all back, but first I need to get a grip aka. some consistency in my eating, aka. count calories, or at least measure my food; so I know I am eating in a certain calorie range each day. Then we will go from there. I REALLY HATE counting calories, so I haven’t picked a day when I will start. Maybe next week? I need to do a major batch cook so that I can eat the same things over and over to make counting easy, hahah. So I will keep you posted on that!
In other news, I got my at-home pull up bar ready to go, complete with some strength bands for assistance. I’ve already improved a lot, so I’m going to keep trekkin’ on towards my goal !