Friday, June 8, 2012

Lose it!

I found something last night that I think might help. It's an app and a website called Lose It! It's basically like the weight watchers app except instead of points it tracks calories. It's very basic. What I like about it (so far) is that it actually has foods I eat in its database - this was one of my biggest annoyances with WW.

I entered in most of my food yesterday and found the culprit for my lack of weight loss. I eat too much. Crazy right?! It also gives me some calories back for playing the piano. It isn't much but I'm happy that I get something for it! If I actually stay under my daily calories in this app it has me set to lose 2 pounds a week which would put me at my target weight of 145 in December.

The also lets you keep track with your friends. I kind of see this as being similar to meetings. If anyone wants to try it out with me it would be great to actually be accountable to people I know and care about instead of a bunch of old ladies at a weight watchers meeting.

My goal weight is out there somewhere...
This is an interesting thought. I've never put a date on when I'd achieve my weight loss goal. It's always been this glimmering illusion in the distance that I would never reach. I think it makes it more palpable. Getting off track for a few weeks adds a few weeks to reaching my goal. When I did weight watchers they always talked about taking it a day at a time. Maybe you get off track and eat a whole pie one day, but the next day you can start over. This had me allowing myself to fall off the wagon more often than I stayed on it. If I think about these days off moving my goal to January or February this makes staying on the wagon seem more worth it.

So far my plan to eat the same breakfasts and lunches has been going okay. Better for breakfasts than lunches. I've been really good at eating my steel cut oats every morning. I found some quick cooking ones that take less than 10 minutes instead of 25 like the regular ones do. The quinoa flakes weren't really floating my boat, but I love oats so this is good news. I also bought some prepackaged salads at Trader Joes. They were only $3.50 a piece and they're really good. I think these were a good deal and healthy, I just need more.

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