I've always struggled with 10 or 20 pounds. I'm not hugely overweight, but not where I want to be, either. Most of the time I don't think about my weight, until I don't fit into my clothes. I gain 10 pounds in a month or two without realizing it. Before I know it I'm not fitting into my pants anymore. I always notice the pants first. If I look at my shirts, I realized they don't fit as well as they used to, either. Then I work very hard and lose a few pounds. It's always been a constant roller coaster just for 10 or 20 pounds. But suddenly as I'm getting older it seems it's harder to lose the weight. I used to just simply change my eating habits and the weight would disappear. Now, not so much.
I recently gained another 10 pounds
on top of the 10 extra that I was already carrying. Hmmm. I changed my
eating habits, thinking it would drop off, instead I continued to gain a
pound or three, four, maybe lose a pound, then gain it right back. I
worked really hard, pulling out all my secrets, like quitting diet soda,
bread, drinking water when I'm hungry, eating grapefruits. But I
couldn't lose weight. What's up????
coworker told me she lost 10 pounds in a month by changing her diet. I
remembered back when I was 20-something and could easily shed pounds in
the blink of an eye like that. Now it seemed something was wrong with
me, I was stuck being heavier on the outside than I was in my mind.
honestly think my metabolism changed. It slowed wayyyyyyyy down. I
started working out more, but that had no effect on my weight. I
believe my weight has a lot to do with my eating habits. I workout and
reward myself with some chips and salsa, thinking I deserve it. So I
started a food journal and I carried it around for months on end. But I
needed guidance, instruction, and encouragement. Finally I went online
and found a site called Lose It! I love it!
put a Lose It! app on my tablet, but mostly I use it on the computer,
since I have access to computers at work and home. When I created a
login it asked for my age, sex, weight and goal. I said I wanted to
lose 20 pounds at a rate of 1.5 pounds/week. I thought that was
doable. It provided me with a daily calorie intake goal. If I stick to
the goal I can lose the 20 pounds by Thanksgiving! Yes! I log what I
eat and my exercise. The exercise subtracts from the daily calories
allowed, allowing me more food. I can eat whatever I want, as long as
my daily calories are below my goal. I've quickly learned what types of
foods are high in calories. Plus, all types of exercise counts, such as
"household walking". And you can create exercises and foods, of
course, based on what you actually do.
It's an awesome
app. Since I've started it on Sep 2, 2013, I've lost 7 pounds. It
really just helps me to watch what I eat, exercise more, and provides me
with encouragement from hundreds, thousands, of others already using
the app. I joined Lose It! challenges to eat more veggies and burn so
many calories from exercise and compete with the others online. I am
tied in first place in a push up challenge where we are supposed to do
some type of push up every day, as many as each person can do. Simple
stuff! If I really get carried away I can do weekly reports showing how
much I lost a week, comparing it to the amount of calories I ate and my
exercise for that week. Lose It! allows members to become friends with
other members to
encourage each other. I encouraged my husband to join, so now I have a
friend on Lose It!.
I'm just happy I'm finally losing
weight. I want to lose 1 more pound by the end of this week so I will
have lost a total of 8 pounds in Sep. Piece of cake!