Daily Tools

For the last 5 months I’ve had to be very diligent and mindful of what I eat, how much, and what I do in order to have a successful 6 month deadline. So what am I using? Well,

BodyMedia

I’ve posted about it before (click here). It’s been one of THE most important things I’ve owned. I know exactly how many calories I’ve burned or not  each day. It’s taught me that on off days I typically burn about 2323 calories and to meet my daily goal (2785) I need to walk/run 3 miles.  It’s helping me become mindful of my lifestyle and holding me accountable. You can purchase them here

MyFitnessPal

The website MyFitnessPal.com has been huge for me. I’ve tried just using a notebook but in all honestly this has been the best way for me. Since I always have my phone with me  it’s an app I can keep on my phone (much easier than a notebook). It’s free (yay free) and it has a scanner so all I have to do is scan. Bam. No excuses!

Scale

I love my food scale. It’s like the BodyMedia. I can see how much I’m eating. I know what 56 grams of lunchmeat looks like. I know what 32 grams of peanut butter looks like. Including pretzels, almonds, steak.

Tip:
If you weigh the same items enough, eventually you know that two handfuls of tiny pretzels is a serving size. The repetition is a teaching tool within itself. It’s building a good habit! 

GARMIN FORERUNNER 305/  CONNECT.GARMIN.COM

This is something I’ve owned for several years now. I’m constantly learning what it can do for me besides measure my mileage. I can load a workout into it and it tells me exactly what I should be doing and how fast. The corresponding website for it is PHENOMENAL   It recently went through a little updating and now they have FREE training plans to use with the Garmin (yay free).  I also can keep with my PR’s and other details that I deem important.   

So there you have 4 tools that I use day in and day out. Yes I still have to do the work but having some help never hurt anyone.

What helps you stay successful? I’d love to hear from you.

What’s Working So Far

16 pounds gone as of today.  I started seriously and fighting mad on the 11th of November, 2012 giving myself till May 11, 2013 to make some serious changes in my weight.  
**Oh and to the person who called me fat, making me insanely mad, thanks. Even though it was rude of you, thanks for pushing me over the cliff to do something.***
So what’s my secret? It’s no secret it’s just a lot hard work (exercise) and counting calories. When I get to my daily allowance, I’m done. 
*Daily exercise- I use a BodyMedia to make sure I’m at least burning a 1,000 calories a day. If you can get one I highly recommend it. It’s a like a GPS for your weight loss. It takes all the guess work out of my numbers!! LOVE IT! 
*Counting calories- You can find my daily eats at MY FITNESS PAL.COM  I highly recommend it as well. Can we say FREE? Oh, and the thing I love about it also, is that it has bar code scanner!  Makes life easier. 
*I also weigh all my food!  
*I research restaurants before we go out. I PLAN!!  Fail to plan, plan to fail. 
*Daily doses of motivation and accountability.  Facebook, Tumblr and other blogs keep me excited and my spirits high. And then ultimately if there is good numbers on the scale that helps the drive.  
My diet has been the challenge. I know so many people, including myself, that get bogged down not knowing what to eat or not eat but so far, I haven’t given up bread, pasta, sweet treats or anything. I just count calories. If I want the cookies, I have to ask myself, how bad do I want them? I still eat out but not as often. I like cooking my food so I know exactly what’s going in it.  Basically, I try to not over think it and make it complicated.  
So to summarize:
  • Exercise
  • Count calories
  • Plan 
  • Motivate 
If I can do it, I know you can. 

8 Mile Run

What a great day!!  I ran 8 miles. It was foggy, foggy, foggy!

My view this morning

I had a plan. It was a run/walk. I had my timer set and I had my heart rate monitor going. All my lessons that I learned from my running coach I applied today, thus leading me to successful run!  I guess you could say I set myself up for success.

blurry but you get the point!

I also stuck to my diet today. Counted my calories and drank my water like it was my job!

I’ve been having chocolate cravings so I decided to make some extremely yummy low calorie muffins.

It doesn’t look like much but it was yummy!

Recipe as follows:
Ingredients:
1 Box devils food cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix)
One 15 ounce can puree pumpkin
Directions:
Preheat  oven to 400 degrees

Mix the two ingredients together. Don’t add anything else…..no matter what. Only two ingredients are needed. put batter in 12 cup muffin pan (lined or sprayed with nonstick spray). Place pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
(got from Hungry Girl Recipes)

My goal this upcoming week is to not get on the scale till Friday morning.  I’m a little addicted to getting on the scale which can’t be good.  Friday is weigh in day and the only day I’m going to get on it.

160 days and counting down.

Day 29 Committed

Day 29 + my birthday + anger = An interesting start to year 34.

If you’ve been following me at all (and if not, oh well) you’ll know that I’ve had enough of this extra weight I’m carrying around. Of course it comes right as I’m starting a new year so I think it’s appropriate. I’m totally committed to this. I’m treating it like I would a marathon. It’s all or nothing. I’m putting my whole heart into this.  
I realize that it’s going to be a major mental challenge.  Like I’ve said for the last 2 days (that’s all it’s been, 2 days) I’m in it. No matter what life throws at me, this weight will come off. I’m giving myself 6 months.  In fact, I put a timer in the side bar so that I can see exactly what I’ve ahead of me.  Fridays will be my weigh in day and I’ll be logging all my nutrition into MyFitnessPal.  Of course I’ll be posting it here as well to keep me accountable. 
So with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve on the way and the challenges it brings all I can say is…………
……………….To be continued

Day 27 Mission A & M- Pity Party for 1

Well it’s been almost a month and the good news is I’ve lost a few pounds but nothing to rock my world.  I just have to keep telling myself I didn’t gain the weight overnight and I’m not going to lose it over night. It just is what it is.

I guess today I’m having a bit of a pity party. Why?  Well several pictures of myself were posted on Facebook and I looked so much bigger than I feel!! Seriously. I’m not exaggerating  No wonder people think I’m pregnant. I look it!!  But here’s the kicker……..I don’t feel that big!  I look in the mirror and I don’t feel like what I look like.

I have to admit those pictures broke my heart. So all I can do is keep fighting the good fight. Count the calories, exercise and make wiser choices.

Day 27  is for 11/10/12. I get behind on the weekends. I’m trying to be diligent about posting every day.

Day 26 Mission A & M

Just playing catch up today (Sunday). Day 26 was Friday November 9th.

Day 2 of Mission A&M

Accountability and Motivation…….day 2.

Also got in 25 mins of walk/run. Wasn’t much but it’s something. And somethin gis always better than nothing!

Tomorrow I’m starting to incorporate my BodyMedia back into my routine. It always helps WHEN (stressing the word “when”) I use it.  Another great thing I’ve learned about BodyMedia is that it now syncs my calories with MyFitnessPal with my Bodymedia account. Making life simpler

Can’t wait to share more tomorrow.  Cheers!