Checking in

Just checking in with my blog friends! I am happy to report that I am still working out at the gym and still running. I’m not doing either as much as I’d like…but I am averaging at least 3 days a week of exercise. I’ve been increasing my weights at the gym and I am up to 70 lbs for my “heavy set” on the bench press and squatting 95lbs!

Kelsey tells me that I should give Bikram yoga a try. Hmmm, maybe in the fall. Any “Bikram-ers” out there? What are your thoughts?

Lastly, I am happy to report that I am down another pound. (I know it doesn’t sound like much but I am in the home stretch so it is s – l – o – w). Two more to go to reach my goal of 13 in total! Oh let’s make it 3 to go and change the goal to 14. That will give me some wiggle room to have an ice cream now and then!

How are you all doing with your exercise and/or diet goals? Sometimes sharing can help you get motivated and keep you on track!

Almost there!

After 2 1/2 years of bad eating and no exercise and 20 extra pounds, I started exercising, eating healthy and eating only the calories I needed. I am very happy to report that since February I have lost 10 pounds! Hey it does work. Watch your caloric intake and exercise and you can lose weight. It’s hard, but it gets easier. I have found that as I eat healthier my body begins to want to eat healthy. If I stay away from “junk food” I’m OK I don’t even want it. But if I have a small piece of cake or a cookie…I can’t stop, I want more! So, for me, it is easier to just have an apple or an orange and learn to enjoy the natural sweetness in the fruit.

Fitday.com

Here is a great tool for calorie counting….www.fitday.com

Check out this on-line calorie counter and fitness journal — it’s free.  You enter the food you eat (and the amount), and the site calculates your calories, proteins, fats, carbs, etc.  If a food isn’t listed, you can add it and add the nutritional information from the label.  You can even track your activity.

Very motivating…..

Calories in, Calories out

Losing weight is theoretically simple.  Take in less calories than you burn during the day and you will lose weight.  But how do you know how many calories you should be taking in?  Well there is a formula involving basil metabolic rate, height, ages, activity levels that is accurate for most people.

You can use one of the many calorie calculators found on the internet.  A good one I found is at http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_6_1x_calorie_calculator.asp You put in your weight, height, age and it will calculate the amount of calories you  need to eat to maintain your weight,or to lose weight.  You can lose weight by eating fewer calories or exercising more, or any combination of the two!

I like this calculator because it presents a reasonable number of calories.  Remember, starving yourself by eating fewer calories than your body needs is not only unhealthy, it is counter productive to losing weight.  When you eat fewer calories than you need, your body believes it is starving and actually slows down your metabolism for self defense.