Friday, July 20, 2012

Motivation and Reward


So the question that plagues me is:  As a food lover, how can I stay within my calorie requirement while entering into my 50s and working the crazy schedule that I do?  I'm not going to be on a diet my whole life. 

 Because of these past few weeks on MFP I've become keenly aware of the importance of logging exercise and food.  It has been well documented and published that people who log their food lose more weight than people who don't.  But, like I said before, this entire effort can become dull if we feel like we're just living to be on a diet or fitness routine.
Last week I watched Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and was inspired by  Chris's phase definition and goal setting with the client.  I though, hey, that could really work for me.
Seriously, it took a decade of self neglect to become out of shape and 50 lbs overweight.  My BMI went from 21 to 30 in that decade so how do I expect to set things right in only a year?
So, I thought if I broke the year apart into phases that I may be able to make all of the changes necessary to remain a healthy, busy woman who loves to cook healthy and tasty food accompanied by a great glass of wine. 
Phase One is the most challenging with a goal of 2 lbs per week for 12 weeks.  For my schedule that means trying to get 868 calories burned per  day on average.  Some days I might not be able to do it, but I hope that my weekends will allow me to catch up since I like riding my bike by the river for a couple of hours.
Twelve weeks is a long time at this pace so I'm going to need daily and weekly encouragement.  My daily rewards may be to scrapbook for an hour or walk down to a Redhawks game.  My weekly rewards for achieving my goals will include buying a new audiobook to listen to on the stationary bike.
October 4th is the end of the phase.  I'm going to reward myself with a shopping trip to Chicago or Dallas (whichever my schedule will allow) when it comes time. That means I have to lose 24 lbs to get the trip. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is it OK to say I'm being selfish?


I am really impressed with MyFitnessPal.com (MFP) because it motivates me to be better.  Seeing the success of others motivates me to be better myself.  One of the advantage of the tool is the support community you build with your MFP friends.  I've just decided that I can't have a big support group because I'm not used to having a lot  of women friends.  I grew up with brothers and to this day I don't have a lot of women friends because the word friend is a commitment in my mind.

I don't want to offend anyone but I'm not going to have dozens of MFP friends because I can't be a friends in the real definition with that many people.  I mean a friend takes the time to support and communicate with more than a WTG!

 In the end, I am doing this for me.  I am coming to grips with my age, facing my mortality, facing the loss of parents and grandparents, and making a choice about how I want to maintain my health, my life.  I want to be like my great grandmother who lived to her upper 80s.  I'll never forget her sparkling eyes, her rosy cheeks, her delicate smile.I want to do that for my great grandchildren.  Smile at them.  Hand them a slice of watermelon.
Honestly, I think I'm making it easy to stay isolated because there aren't too many people who want to friend someone who drinks beer while on a diet!

 But that's the point.  I don't want to be on a diet.  I want to find a way of eating that matches my metabolism as I move from the end of my 40s into my 50s.   I know restrictive diets won't work for me.  There has to be balance.  This is my journey to find it and I'm being selfish because it is the very definition of focusing on myself.

Monday, July 16, 2012

My Fitness Pal is the Best Weight Loss Website and Community

I've done a stint at Jillian Michaels and then also at Daily Plate, but probably for the same reasons as a lot of people, I've switched to My Fitness Pal (myfitnespal.com)

Here's why:

1. The website tools are just better - Finding foods and adding to your diary are so much easier than the other two sites.
2. The apps are better.  To be fair, the only app I can compare to is Daily Plate, but it was horrible.  I find the Android version of MFP better than the iOS, but I have both.
3. The support is better.  Due to a hectic work schedule I hadn't logged in for 3 days and one of my MFP friends emailed me to check up on me.  Anywhere else no one would have noticed.
4. It's FREE.  Yes, just as much support and it's free.

Of course you get as much out as you put into it, but for my money (and there isn't any involved here) MFP is the best.