Thursday, November 18, 2010

Knee Info & Breakdown of my Calories per day

Doing research on my upcoming surgery. Note to self: do NOT click images when researching surgery. DON'T DO IT!!!!  Yeesh.

So once I got over the nausea of the online images, I did find this kinda cool diagram of the knee. You can see on the left of the photo, the Lateral retinaculum... that's what I'm getting snipped. It's on the outside of the knee (on my right leg, it's the outside right). Anyway, I just thought that was interesting :-)

diagram of knee - lateral retinaculum, iliotibial band, quad, patella

I wanted to address a question I got yesterday about my daily calories. I'm currently ranging from 1200 to 1400 cal/day, and that's low. The reason it's so low is because my activity level is low. Due to my knee injury, I've had to adjust my caloric intake to balance with my caloric output... hence the low calories. Important note though, I don't want to go below 1200 cal/day. That's just too low (for any woman), and doesn't give my body what it needs to function, build, and repair.

So, to break it down, these are my caloric intake ranges alongside the activity level that work for my body...

Current: Very low activity level = intake is 1200 - 1400 cal/day.
When I'm pushing hard, lifting 3-4 x/week with 3-5 cardio sessions plus 2 yoga, my caloric intake was between 1800-2000/day.
My normal activity is lifting 2-3x/week, 2 yoga, 3 cardio... for this I generally range from 1400-1600 cal/day, sometimes higher, all depends on my exercise intensity and of course, listening to my body.

I realized that my cooler page is missing a key factor - my exercise data. That's now changed, as I see that it's a bit confusing to see my calories fluctuate without having the backstory. I've started matching up or noting my exercise along with my cooler plan for each day, and will continue to do so. Hopefully that will help alleviate any confusion, but as always, please feel free to contact me if you have questions or whatever :-)

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