Calories and Planning and Consumption, Oh My!

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Almost the end of the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program. Weeks 11 and 12 lesson is Monitor Your Calorie Consumption. A few weeks ago I said that planning was the hardest lesson. I think this may be the toughest one for me yet. I know I have been eating less and working out more. I have been mindful about eating slowly but the planning has been a stumbling block for me. A few of the people in my group use MyFitnessPal app to track their calories and workouts. I downloaded the app and I like it. It has been easy to use. I keep track of water and can see how my eating goes throughout the day. I am surprised by how many calories are in the foods I was eating. The app uses your current weight, level of physical activity and weight loss goals to calculate the amount of calories you would need to consume to reach that goal. For me, it is 2200 calories a day. My plan is to log all of my meals and stay within that range. I have been logging weight every Monday and adding pictures if I can remember. You can do that in the app…pretty neat. I stand in one place, take a picture from the front and the side. I can only imagine the day when I can put up the 340 pound me against the 180 pound me. Slow and steady wins the race. I am encouraged by the process and I don’t let how far I need to go deter me. Look at how far I have come, I am down 19.6 pounds! Woo hoo. I don’t see the changes now, but I see myself every day. One great thing that happened this week was an annual physical visit to the doctor. I don’t know if you have ever dreaded going because you know “watch your weight”, “stick to a healthy diet” or “we need to prevent weight related diseases” is going to come from the doctor’s mouth. I knew it is coming when I went. That is their job, but this week, I was ready. I mean ready! I picked out a cute outfit, put on a little make up and fixed my hair pinned up with an accessory. With an accessory people, I was cute! I confidently stepped on the scale and took a picture of 321.6. It read different than my home scale but there was nothing in a 10 year history in my records around that number so I was beaming. “Keep up the good work” was the prescription of the day and I could not be more proud of myself. Go me, go me, twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk. (And now I can dance and not be immediately out of breath). Feel free to follow my progress, lend any encouraging tips you have and comment on your experience with MyFitnessPal app or another app you use.

Written by PurplePearls

About PurplePearls

PurplePearls started writing a transformation blog to chronicle her weight loss journey which began when she joined the Mindful Bodies 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program. She shares her hopes, fears and experiences as she journeys to lose 160 pounds.
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2 Responses to Calories and Planning and Consumption, Oh My!

  1. Tonya says:

    I love what you wrote! Your words and experiences are very relateable. I have the same app and was using it but somewhere along the way I took “a break” from it. In large part I think using it involves staying mentally invested in the process and remaining focused as you mentioned. I’m wearing my Vivo Fit 2 right now and like that I can jump back on track with the app without ever really missing a beat.

    Thanks for keeping me and others informed about your progress. Your words and experiences are encouraging.

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