Oh yeah. I need to lose it. I have gotten some junk in the trunk that I am needing to lose. And I’m bearing all and totally telling you this very personal thing for several reasons. In less than 30 days (actually tomorrow the high is 89, so tomorrow qualifies..) it will be time to reveal myself to the world (or my backyard and whoever is the unlucky one to be in my company) in a bathing suit. Now, let me preface this by saying I know I am not terribly overweight, but being 5’1″, even 5 lbs makes a difference. I have lots of thoughts on this subject. But for now, let me keep my focus on what I’m wanting to specifically share with you today….
There is an amazing app called Lose It! I know there are many weight loss/calorie counting apps out there, but I’ve been familiar with this one for at least 2 years. I can basically select my goal weight, a date in which I want to have achieved my goal by, and it will calculate how many calories I’m allowed per day. There I can journal my food and activity level, and it tells me how many more calories I can eat, how much I’m over, how many calories I’ve burned to count towards my daily intake. I can add my own foods, select from a huge data base of restaurant items, store brand items, or even scan a bar code and it will add it into its data base. LOVE that! Seriously the easiest thing to use ever! And it syncs with your computer so you can use it on your phone, tablet and computer. I swear it is the most user friendly thing I’ve seen, and I tend to be a little OCD when it comes to this stuff, so I do my homework, and for me, this is SUPER easy to use.
I love it and I’ve used it in the past, and then stopped. I’ve been yo-yoing up and down I’d say 5 – 8 lbs since last fall, and it has gotten me SO down. As much as I try to stay focused, the environment in which I live isn’t so conducive to being on purpose on losing weight (or in my case, not GAINING weight). So my life is extra challenging. This I think has helped me lots! I started mid last week and I feel great having this little tool and having it as my accountability partner.
I don’t know what it is about winter that we all seem to have this yo-yo thing going on and that’s when we tend to put on a few pounds. Is it because we can hid in our FURS? or extra layers of clothing, sweaters, big loose blousy tops? Yes, yes, yes, and YES!
Here is what I know for sure…. if I have to write it down, I’ll think twice before putting it in my mouth. So it makes me think before I eat. Smart huh? Seriously, the biggest impact on dieting is a form of journaling. And this is a great app to help with that.
Another thought to ponder… if we allow ourselves to gain 3 lbs per year (and that is on the low side… considering holidays, vacations, celebrations), then in 10 years we will have gained 30 lbs. Not a lovely site!
Yeah… I need to lose it! I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress. If there is anyone that wants to chime in on this and do this with me, let’s DO it! Seriously! We don’t have to lose the same amount of weight, have the same goals at all, but the fact that we are keeping some accountability with someone that we are keeping on focus, whether it’s being more OP on our food intake, and/or excersizing more, anyone want to do this with me? Just to say HEY! I DID MY APP TODAY!
Let me know… if anyone else wants to LOSE IT before summer is officially here!