When I first started trying to lose weight, I found several calorie count apps for the iPhone. I downloaded My Fitness Pal and diligently counted calories. Unfortunately, I also built in regular “cheat” days until every day became a cheat day.
I joined the YMCA near our house and did lots of cardio, while continuing to eat almost anything I wanted. Since January of 2011, I have managed to lose 15 pounds, but I still have a ways to go to reach my goal of 50 pounds lost!
My YMCA membership expired, and I renewed it once and worked out at the gym every day, doing cardio for at least two hours, including the treadmill, the bike, and swimming laps. The second time it expired, I didn’t re-join, because by this time, we had moved, and the gym was quite a hike from our new neighborhood.
After settling in to the house, I again started my quest for weight loss in earnest. I bought a vegetable steamer and planned simple meals that I could prepare for myself while cooking huge, hearty meals for my husband. I set a goal to walk 2 miles each day, in 35 minutes time, approximately 4 miles per hour. I downloaded some fitness music from iTunes and set out with determination. Along the way, I discovered iTreadmill, a pedometer, to track my progress. I really like this app because it allows me to play the iPod in the background, while recording my time and distance.
Over the past year, I have found several resources that have encouraged me, starting with Chantel Hobbs’ book, One Day Way. I used this book as a basis for my new lifestyle plan–eating chicken, shrimp, tuna, and vegetables. Chantel lost over 200 pounds by choosing healthy foods that she enjoyed. I modeled my meal plans after her ideas, choosing things that I enjoyed eating.
I started posting my progress on Facebook, and I’ve had many friends who have encouraged me and have shared additional resources. Two that I like are: CrossFit, a website with various strength-training workouts, and Oxygen, a fitness magazine with tips and workouts for average women, not just those who are into competitive weight-training.
I am currently studying a strength workout for beginners in the current issue of Oxygen and will add the CrossFit routines as I become more advanced.
My Fitness Pal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
Chantel Hobbs’ One Day Way: http://www.amazon.com/One-Day-Way-Today-Time-Weight/dp/0307458784
Chantel Hobbs’ Website: http://www.chantelhobbs.com/