You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 30 minutes spin bike
  • 10 minutes treadmill – walking @ 3.0 mph

I had a physical therapy appointment yesterday morning, and afterwards I went to the gym before I had to pick Jaden up at school. Instead of doing the stationary bike, I decided to use the spin bike. I finally figured how to get my rpm higher while standing on the bike. You kind of have to bend your knees more, and I think I was keeping my legs too straight. That spin bike is a workout!

After the bike, I spent 10 minutes walking slowly on the treadmill. I still plan on doing the Dine & Dash 5k in about two weeks, so I wanted to get my body used to walking and maybe a little jogging. I plan on doing the race slow – I don’t want to reinjure myself or make my calves and feet any worse. This race won’t be for time, it’ll be for fun and food! After I walked, my calves felt fine and my heel didn’t hurt any worse than normal, so I took that as a good sign.

My crazy gym hair and I packed a yogurt for after my workout. I was so excited to eat it. Yes, that’s right, I was excited to eat yogurt. But I realized that I forgot to bring a spoon. For a minute, I actually thought about sucking it out of the container, but decided against it. Instead, I drove the three minutes to my house and got a spoon.

The kid’s got Gak for Easter, and they spent yesterday afternoon playing with it. And I spent yesterday afternoon picking up tiny pieces of Gak off of the carpet.

Does anyone remember Gak? It actually came out when I was little, and they recently brought it back. The commercials even say Gak is Back. I think it’s actually a Nickelodeon thing. It’s kind of like slime. Jacob figured out how to use a straw to blow bubbles in his Gak.


I received an email this morning from my weight-loss challenge coach about my daily calorie intake. According to the calculations, to lose one pound a week, I can only have 1,136 calories a day.

If I eat only 1,136 calories a day, I won’t lose a pound a week, I’ll die. And I need 119 grams of protein a day. What? I thought I was doing good with my 60+ grams a day. 119 grams?! Why don’t I just get a cow for my backyard and feast on him. I don’t eat meat besides fish, so 119 grams isn’t going to happen.

First of all, 1,136 calories a day is just stupid. There is no way that I can survive on that. This week, I have stayed between 1,600 and 1,800 calories, and I know I’ve already lost a pound or two. Second, if I did eat 1,136 calories a day, after this challenge was over there is no way that I’d be able to maintain it. I’d gain back all the weight. Third, how do you possibly get 119 grams of protein eating only 1,136 calories a day?

I emailed the coach back, and asked if the calorie count took in account that I work out at least 5 days a week because 1,136 calories just aren’t going to cut it. We’ll see what she says. I’m becoming a little weary of this weight loss challenge.

Edited to add: My daily calorie needs were based on my RMR (resting metabolic rate), which I don’t believe that they calculated correctly because of my activity level.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts fitness class

My gym starting offering a new class on Tuesday morning – Butts and Guts. It’s an hour-long cardio and strength class focusing on abs and glutes. I wore my new one pink sleeve tank.

I’ve also come up with an easy way to keep track of my water intake. I get a 16.9 ounce water bottle in the morning. Every time I finish a bottle, I mark it off on the bottle. Then I refill the same bottle. That way at the end of the day, I count the marks on the bottle and multiply it by 16.9 to see how many ounces I’ve had.

Questions of the day:

  • What are your thoughts on 1,136 calories a day?
  • If you count calories, how many do you consume a day?
  • Do you have a favorite workout shirt or outfit?
  • Any tips to drink more water?


Filed under Fitness, Fun, Spring Weight Loss Challenge, Working Out

30 Responses to You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

  1. I’ve been on and off Weight Watchers for a long time. I realized recently that for a while I was only eating 1,000-1,200 calories a day. How is that possible? I’m trying to loosely count points again, and there’s no way I can eat that little anymore! I’m aiming for around 1,500 now because I think I’ll be a lot happier and won’t starve to death on that amount!

  2. Kathi J

    I think 1136 is cray-cray. It makes me lose faith in that trainer…if the calorie intake is this far off, what else is wonky?
    I think 1500 is solid. Aim for 1400, no more than 1750 and you’ll be all set.

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you! I don’t think that weight loss programs should push anything under 1200 calories a day, especially for active people. I don’t think the weight loss coaches even have any kind of credentials.

  3. That’s a crazy low number in my opinion. I’ve never heard of healthily going under 1,200 ESP if you are working out 5 days a week. I don’t really count calories now, but when I did I was trying to stay around 1,800 net calories (taking in to consideration the calories I was burning while training 6 days a week for my triathlon)

    I drink more water when I use my camel-back water bottle (not the backpack) ! It’s awesome!

    • I think that anything under 1200 is just crazy. When you were training did you subtract your exercise calories from your food calories?

      • Yeah I was trying to taking in 1,800 but say I burned about 500 then I’d really eat close to 2,300. 1,800 Net calories. It worked well for me! Otherwise I was exhausted, hungry and grumpy!! Also frustrated that I found it impossible to stay under a certain number. It can drive you crazy!!

  4. I love that top!

    The rule of thumb is no less than 1200 a day… so when you are working out too? Whoa, that does not make sense. I don’t count, but I can lose weight eating A LOT more than that. What is up with your trainer?

    GAK! Ahh! I do remember that stuff! Crazy!

  5. I don’t know how you could eat that small of an amount and get that much protein. Have you tried whole wheat pasta, beans, eggs, cottage cheese?

    • I’ve usually eat egg whites and cottage cheese. I’m not a big fan of beans. I eat a lot of Greek yogurt which has 11-13 grams of protein. I think I need to stock up on the thinThink bars. Those things have 20 grams of protein. I have to check the protein in salmon. I think it has a lot.

  6. summer9135

    HI, I am new to your blog, but love it love it! You are so relatable and like so many of us moms tying to kick butt and keep in shape! Im a Hoosier girl and found your blog through SR. 1300 cals a day is ridiculous for the amt you work out! If you go too low your body will go into starvation mode and wont give up an ounce, Keep doing what you are doing! I hadnt lost a pound in 2 years (mayhave gained 9 but who’s counting) then started WW online Jan 2nd and hit 15 lbs this morning, wahoo! 9 to go! There are no calories counted, but every food is logged. I never feel deprived and it factors in every bit of exercise you do. LOVE IT Good luck girl and go with your instincts, this is fun to see what you are doing that works! Running is my love 🙂

    • Thanks for checking out my blog! Awesome job losing 15 pounds – that’s great. I saw a nutrionist who had me do the same thing – log the food but not count the calories. Good luck on losing those last 9 pounds. Maybe I should try WW too!

  7. I have lost 35 lbs. by eating clean. I don’t believe in counting calories. That’s just me. Eating clean is so simple and you never feel deprived.

  8. Oh boy! calorie counting is a huge pain in the butt! And when someone just throws a number at you and doesn’t take into account your fitness level and everything else that need to play a part in losing weight, I just laugh. As a personal trainer, fitness instructor and someone who has lost 35+ pounds, numbers are a very personal thing. Just like the stupid doctors chart that seems tell everyone they are overweight by whatever standard they are comparing people to. You know your body and I am sure you know what needs to be done to reach your goal. Most people know what needs to be done, but some are not ready to commit. Being new to your blog(I love it) I can see you are ready to reach whatever goal you set! Keep up the hard work!

  9. tara

    Well shes an idiot! Also, I have been yo-yoing for the past 10 years and its because I never eat back my exercise calories. I finally started doing that, and the weight comes over slower…. but it stays off. I definitely recommend putting back in what you burned. I did a lot of research on it and read a ton of opinions and it seems the successful ones always eat back what they burn. I finally heard it in terms that made sense to me, a car analogy. You wouldnt expect your car to drive 2000 miles on one tank of gas, so how can you expect your body to be able to push through work outs and be a calorie burning machine when it doesnt even have enough fuel to run?

    I would email someone about that woman, if she is telling other people that and they dont know better, they will be starving!

  10. This post cracked me up…who can survive on 1,136 calories a day? You could try to eat that and then be starving the next day! I’m eager to hear what your coach says as that does seem REALLY low! I agree with the entire “eating clean” scenario…it seems much more doable than cutting out entire food groups. As for water, great idea on the bottle, I usually find if I have a “fun” bottle to drink out of (i.e. Nalgene, perrier, etc.) I have no problem drinking the aqua for the day!

  11. Key Master

    Flavor your water with something like lemon or lime..even a cap full of a healthy juice like cranberry might help. When I was a kid my grandmother would serve us watered down orange juice. When I say water down, I’m talking about a gallon of water to 1 frozen 8oz concentrate orange juice container. Till this day I still prefer it like that. I need to drink 8 glass of it to get 1 real serving of OJ.

  12. As an athlete I don’t think that low of a calorie count is realistic. You need to sustain your body and replenish your muscles!

    As far as drinking more water, I definitely recommend flavoring your water. Also, it sounds so simple and stupid but if you get a really nice water bottle, you may be inclined to drink more. I got a super nice Camelback bottle and I like drinking out of it so much I end up drinking a ton of water every day. Works for me!

  13. 1200 calories a day might be okay if you laid in bed all day. This program doesn’t sound safe.

  14. tara

    I read on another blog about someone that went and got their “resting metabolic rate” tested. basically you breath into some apparatus and it tells you how many calories you need to sustain your weight and then you can adjust from there, eat less to lose, and eat back any calories burned while working out. i live in dallas like the blogger who wrote about it, I am not sure if there is anywhere around you that does it but this link kind of explains it better.

    however if you click on the pricing page be prepared to have a heart attack because its insanely expensive! i am so curious to check this out and know what my body PERSONALLY needs since we are all so different. I can tell and I know that you know that no body needs 1136 though lol your coach is a looney toon!

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