As mentioned in my previous post, my doctor wants me to lose some weight so I can have a better recovery after my mastectomy, and better cosmetic results. To be honest, I’ve wanted to exercise, but I was afraid to lose weight because they’re using my belly fat for the reconstruction. Apparently, I can still stand to lose a few pounds, so I’m working on it.
In the past, I’ve done a few different things and had successes. Before my wedding, I used Weight Watchers and lost about 20 lbs. I’ve also done simple calorie counting, and that’s worked for me, too. I don’t like fad diets. I don’t like anything that requires you to fast or not eat a certain type of food, nutrient, ingredient, or whatever. And I’m not here to argue why those things work, or join a bandwagon for why they don’t work…I’m just here to say I don’t dig them. Personally, if I deprive myself of something, I just want it more and will binge once I get my hands on it. I’d rather have a good relationship with food and take whatever I want in moderation. Believe it or not, calorie counting helps me to do that and it’s so easy for me to do.
I tried Weight Watchers again for about 2 days. I don’t like the new point system. I don’t like how it calculates exercise points separately from food points. I don’t like how there are so many zero point foods. I don’t care who you are, if you eat 30 chicken breasts, it’s not good, even if they are zero points each. Something has to give there. So I quit Weight Watchers. I can’t do what I don’t understand.
So calorie counting it is. And My Fitness Pal makes it super easy to do. There are tons of other apps that accomplish this, but I am comfortable with MFP because I’ve used it before and I like its features. It also syncs with other apps I use (FitBit, MapMyRide, etc), which is awesome. It takes into account my activity level, gives me an amount of calories/nutrients per day, and takes into account exercise calories. I love it. It’s simple math. It makes sense to me.
For exercise, I’ve been riding my bike and doing yoga. They are things I enjoy doing, so convincing myself to do it is not hard at all.
I lost 2.4 lbs last week. Score!
I also love the emails MFP sends out. Lots of easy workouts if you need some variation in your routine or something quick to do with little time. They also include recipes that look so delicious, I’m eager to try.
Anyway, the bottom line is that I’m trying to make smart food choices and stay active. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to eat cookies, and it doesn’t mean I’m going to work out every single day. It means I’m changing the way I do me.