So this isnt a thread about cables, amps, or even audio. Its about me admitting something that I finally can no longer ignore and must come to terms with. I got FAT. This admission doesnít mean I am obese large, but that I have gotten bigger than I feel comfortable with and I need to do something about it before it becomes a serious problem. Clothes that used to be super loose are now beyond tight, I am not happy with what I see in the mirror body image wise, and itís time for me to do something about it. Lot of it is probably due to the Prednisone I am finally done with today, but I need to go ahead and make some changes regardless as I am not as active as I used to be. I wonít post what my weight is because itís not so much the number that matters but how it sits on me, and that I know lots of it is water weight, or just plain fat from being lazy and non mobile.
I have started the first few steps of what I hope to be a continuing life change. I thought I would start this thread to both share easy things I am doing to curb my weight, and maybe connect with any of you currently doing similar things to bounce ideaís, recipeís, etc off of.
Currently, I have downloaded two apps for my iPhone, myfitnesspal and runtastic to help me track my calories eaten and burned through exercise. I am sure there are many more apps out that that are similar and maybe even better, but these are the two people at work are using and they are both free (but have paid versions if you want more than just what I use)
MyFitnessPal is basically a calorie calculator and its nice because you can scan in barcodes of items to add to your daily list of food you have eaten. You also can search for items and pull them in so you donít have to do too much work figuring out how to list your calories. It does lots more but I havenít gotten too deep into it just yet. You also can connect to other users using the app to kinda get a community going. If you are interested in getting my user information to link your info to mine let me know.
Runtastic is basically a program that helps tries to figure out how many calories you have burnt doing different activities. It will use your GPS to calculate average mph on a run, calories burnt, total time, etc. What I really like about it though is that it can sync the calorie information into MyFitnessPal so you can see what your total net calorie count is after subtracting your exercise calories.
As to how accurate either of these apps are I cant tell you but they help you at least gauge where you are as opposed to just eating what you want and hoping your not over your calories.
Here are the things I am doing to put these two apps to work.
I have started to grill out as much as I can on my charcoal grill and have been grilling low fat chicken tenders and lean beef. I am grilling out because I enjoy cooking on the grill, it saves me from picking up fast food and is just more healthy overall. That and honestly I dont enjoy actually cooking with a recipe as much as making my own marinades, and there is something about the sound of the sizzle on the grill and the smoke hitting you in the face from the grill that I LOVE. I have cut out my normal morning energy drink which was a waste of calories and just replaced it with drinking a additional Diet MD. I would like to try and cut down on my Diet MD intake, but it doesnít make a difference calorie wise so I am not making it a top priority right now. I realized Diet MD isnt a great thing to drink as diet soda is still not as good as water, but I will deal with that later. I am also trying to cut down on my snacking between meals. This is hard for me as I am a grazer by nature. Also my wife gets off work 2 hours later than I do and has a hour commute home so normally we are sitting down to eat about 8:00 or 8:30 if traffic is bad. I have started eating grapes as snacks as well as carrots. My wife has gotten cherries but I am not normally a huge fan of them, but will give them a go. I will probably have her pick up some apples as well.
My wife and I have started taking walks after dinner each night with the baby. We normally walk about 2-3 miles and burn about 300 calories right now. I would like to try to at some point start running with Skye to burn additional calories and possibly add lifting weights into the mix. With that said I want to start slow and really not overdo it and then give up, so I am starting with just walking.
My goal is each day to have a 1400 calorie intake at the end of each day. According to MyFitnessPal that should net me 2 lbs weight loss a week. I would love it if I could lose more than that a week, but I realize this is not ďThe Biggest LoserĒ and I have an actual job and responsibilities during the day that take a priority over things like working out. My total weight loss goal is about 40 lbs before I start to attempt to just maintain my existing weight. I am ok if it takes 6 months to even a year to get there. I know its going to be easier in summer to lose weight due to the ability to take walks which in the winter I no longer have, and will deal with that when the time comes.
So any tips/hints/low calorie snacks, food, etc suggestions you can give me are welcomed. Feel free to share your stories, etc. I know Lasereath has lost a LOT of weight over a bunch of years on this forum so hopefully he can weigh in here with some ideaís.
And if you haven't figured it out already, the thread title is a play on what the subject of this post is