A few weeks ago I lamented that I had started working out and cut back on coke, alcohol, and second helpings and in return felt like crap and gained two pounds. Y’all were so supportive and wonderful. I mentioned in that post that the only thing I knew was missing was tracking my calories. One of you suggested Lose It and Louise, if you’re reading, I can’t thank you enough! I’ve been using the Lose It app for the last three weeks and have lost a pound a week. Back when I was in grad school and trying to slim down for my wedding I tracked all my food and exercise in a small notebook. It’s hard to imagine that I didn’t have an iPhone back then! Technology sure does make things a lot easier.
The app has a pretty large index of foods to search from or I can add my own. When something I’ve eaten isn’t already in the app I use CalorieKing’s food search or this recipe calculator to figure it out. I saved both of those websites to a folder on my phone’s home screen to make it easier on myself. But sometimes when I go out to eat I’ll just estimate (and try to err on the side of more calories, for example: wine night = 1000 calories).
The gym membership I’d bought was actually a 6 week trial which has since expired. I enjoyed going and told myself that if I started working more hours I could justify the expense of a real membership, but now that I am working an additional day every week I’m not sure I want to. Since Jack is still napping twice a day there’s really only one window of time to get out of the house without missing a meal or a nap, and hitting the gym during that time every day meant that a lot of other things, like running errands or hitting up the park, got pushed to the wayside. Plus I wasn’t crazy about the gym nursery. I’m a little picky about who takes care of my kid and childcare is a necessity for me to work out. The good news is that using the app I can see that if I don’t exercise I just need to be more careful about my calories. I’m not saying that I definitely won’t return to the gym, but I’m just not sure yet. Any suggestions for burning 300 calories at home while Jack naps would be more than welcome!
I want to be clear that this is not about looks or body image. I’ve done a lot of work on my self-confidence over the last few years and I pretty much think that I look great no matter how much I weigh (it helps to have a husband who reminds me of this regularly). This is about comfort and health. Hypertension, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes all run in my family and I know that the only thing I can do to prevent contracting these conditions myself is to eat healthy and manage my weight. And besides the whole death and disease thing, carrying even only twenty pounds of extra weight can be really uncomfortable. Little things like my thighs digging into the edge of my chair or wishing all pants had elastic waistbands add up to motivate me to make a change.
I mentioned in my previous post that I’d been feeling tired, irritable, and unhappy. I’m thrilled to report that this seems to have subsided. I’ve been making a conscious effort to be more positive and to also put. down. the iPhone. The dinner table is now a phone-free zone and Nick and I are actually, you know, talking about our lives while we eat. I still get annoyed when Jack is clingy or Nick is singing the same song for the billionth time before 8am, but that’s life. I’ve also totally jumped on the bandwagon of identifying something to be grateful for every day of November. Gratitude is good for the soul, I think.
Thank you all for being so supportive! I hope to be able to post again in a few weeks with an update that I’ve lost a few more pounds. Even with Thanksgiving thrown in the mix I’ve got enough leeway in my plan to be flexible. I hope you each have a wonderful weekend!