Weight Loss Wednesday

Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting my pictures from my email, so this post is pictureless. Sorry. You can close your eyes and imagine pictures if you want. 🙂

Happy National Running Day! Did you run today?!

I might be injured, but I still try to do what I can. You don’t have to be fast, you just have to go!!

Today’s Workout:

  • 1/2 mile <—better than nothing!
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Arc Trainer – 15 minutes

Weight Loss and DietBet

It’s the return of Weight Loss Wednesdays!

I mentioned about a week ago that Danny and I really trying to eat healthier, watch what we eat, eat out less, and lose weight. We took our weight, measurements, and progress pictures about a week ago and then weighed in again today. (We’ll do measurements and pictures monthly).

I lost 3.2 pounds and Danny lost 4.8 pounds!! We’re on the right track!

Danny and I have completely different approaches when it comes to weight loss. And that just goes to show that diets aren’t one size fits all. You need to find what works for you. Of course, we both try to make healthy choices, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and avoid processed foods but we have different methods about going about it.

I need to track everything that I eat. I track everything in My Fitness Pal and plan all my meals out. I try to stay in between 1500-1600 calories and watch my carbs, protein, and fat. All my meals for the day are specifically planned out to hit my calorie goal. I know some people count macros (carbs, fat, and protein) and I follow that loosely. I try to eat about 45-50% carbs, 30% protein, and 25% fat. I always struggle with the protein so my carbs are sometimes higher. But for the most part, I stay in my calorie goal.

I am also a firm believer in everything in moderation. If I deprive myself, I want it more, and then I’ll eat the whole darn chocolate cake instead of just a piece. I always save enough calories at the end of the night for a treat – usually a Skinny Cow ice cream. Losing weight doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you love – just in moderation.

Danny, on the other hand, has a much looser approach when it comes to weight loss. He simply eats less. That’s it. Well, he also tries to make healthier choices. He’ll eat grilled chicken instead of a burger or eat an apple instead of chips. He still enjoys things like pasta and bread. He just eats less of it. He doesn’t count calories or track what he eat – and that works for him. He even enjoyed some alcoholic beverages watching the Hawks game over weekend and still lost almost 5 pounds.

I could never eat the way he does and lose weight because I don’t have the best self control when it comes to food and he could never count calories and track foods like I do. We simply do what works for us. What work for me might not work for you and what works for you might not work for me. But so far, we’re doing good!

I’ve also decided to join another DietBet. I’ve done DietBets in the past, the last one being about a year ago. I joined Sarah Fit’s DietBet which started today (there’s still time to join!).

The concept of DietBet is pretty simple. Each player pays $35 into the pot. You have four weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. Everyone who loses their 4% splits the money in the pot. So, if you lose your 4%, you’re at least guaranteed to get your money back.

I don’t participate in the DietBet for the money. I do it to be held accountable to someone besides myself. There are online message boards where you connect with other players and give and receive support. It’s really a great way to lose weight and earn money!

Have a great afternoon!



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3 Responses to Weight Loss Wednesday

  1. susie

    I love this blog!! Always good info 🙂

  2. Amy

    I also have been using My fitness pal to keep track of my food. I used to use lose it but I actually like MFP better.

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