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  • bqx40 9:04 pm on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: calorie counting   

    My only stint of calorie counting in 3 years of weight loss #twit2fit 

    I did about 6 months of calorie counting, mostly focused during ramping up my mileage for my best marathon time ever (by at least 50 minutes).  I had intense focus on both training and diet (at least calorie intake) during this time.

    However, I never regained momentum after the May marathon, as you may notice in the Net Calorie Intake log.

    That said, it was a very effective way of learning how many calories were *really* in certain foods, as well as estimating which food choices were the best choices when you didn’t have a calorie count/guide at your disposal.

    The spreadsheet breakdown:

    Baseline:

    • Basal metabolic rate – estimated at 13 x current weight.

    The “net intake” is the:

    • Total calorie intake for the day
    • – Calories burned running (I used runningahead.com‘s numbers for my post workout weight x mileage, which were the most conservative estimates of calories burned.)
    • – Basal metabolic rate (post-workout weight x 13 calories)

    My target for “net intake” was a net deficit of 500 calories.  As you can see, I went overboard early on, but eating caught up later on.  If you notice the “averages” line, I averaged about a 476 calorie deficit.

    The “intake” number is the:

    • Total calorie intake for the day
    • – Calories burned running

    You’ll notice that I didn’t count any other exercise.  There are two reasons for this:

    1. Calories burned directly during non-aerobic exercise are negligible (at least for calorie counting purposes).  You may burn 200 calories doing weights, etc…, but you’ll probably get that much error in a too generous portion at a restaurant as well.  I tried to keep a good estimate.
    2. I didn’t really do any other exercises other than running.  Cycling and elliptical machines give wildly varied calorie readings, and I always felt more of a workout from 1-2 miles of running than an hour of hard cycling.

    I have to emphasize, this was a time of incredible focus for me, but the log itself was not sustainable for even my statistics-minded head.  I also need to point out that the calorie need calculations are from the over-simplified 13 x weight in lbs formula.

    I’ll share some other insights into my “calculations” and what I learned about nutrition during and after this exercise.

     
  • tech0x20 12:00 pm on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: at&t,   

    More rumblings of AT&T iPhone exclusivity ending… 

    Apple to End AT&T iPhone Exclusivity Within a Year? | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD.

    I love the first comment:

    I’d pay to end my AT&T contract, and I’m only two months into it.

    I get a small discount on my AT&T/iPhone service w/ unlimited text messages, and I’m looking at a bill for one month that’s around $89. In order to get my wife on a plan:

    • 700 minutes – $69.99
    • 2 x $30 iPhone data plan – $60
    • 2 x $20 unlimited texting – $40 (I realize that 1500 messages are only $15 each, but if you run over by 100 msgs, that’s $20)

    That’s $170 per month before all the taxes and fees. If another carrier were to offer service, I’d definitely pay the early termination fee as well, and like the commenter, I’m only about 2 months into the contract.

     
  • bqx40 3:45 pm on August 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    This year’s World Hunger Relief relay will be a 2 x 12 hour treadmill relay 

    …instead of a death-defying run back-and-forth between our two campuses (9.2 miles).  Bummer.

    In fairness, the only death-defying parts of the run were the crossings (at between 9am and 3pm) of Poplar Level Rd @ Jefferson, Fern Valley Rd @ Jefferson, Outer Loop in front of Jefferson Mall, Preston Hwy near Manslick, and crossing/running along the entrance and exit ramps to the Snyder @ Preston.  Ok, so those crossings could be pretty harrowing.

    In its place, my team will be running (others may be walking) on this puppy (sans TV):

    966i_1

    4 teams of runners or walkers will be spending 2 consecutive 12 hour days on the treadmill, relay-style.  Given my experience running 20 MILE LONG RUNS on the treadmill, I ought to be good for a 4-6 hour contribution of the two days, October 1 and 2.

    More details to follow…

     
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