I had a request from one of my readers to explain what's going on with my fitness, so I wanted to share. At the beginning of this year, I stepped on a scale for the first time in a few months, and I did not like what I saw. I had put on about 25 pounds from this time last year, and I had to regain control.
As luck would have it, a friend at work expressed a similar goal and told me about LoseIt.com. (That's their logo up top.) It's a website (and a free app) that allows users to set a weight loss (or maintenance) goal; the site then produces a daily calorie budget. You input the food you eat and the exercise you do, and it magically keeps you on track.
Y'all know that I love a sweet treat in life, but I've definitely cut those down quite a bit. It's been a lot of turkey sandwiches, grilled chicken, oatmeal, and cereal. And Skinny Cow. Usually I'll have a cheat day on the weekend and indulge in a cupcake or some chocolate. But I don't keep candy at my desk these days.
I have gotten back to the gym so far this year, too, and about three to four times a week I will power walk on that treadmill (usually 4.5 mph) for about 50 minutes. Then most days I'll hop over to the elliptical for about 10-12 minutes. My body has taken on a new, leaner shape, and I have to say that all this dedication has been worth it. I'm down 16 pounds so far, and I feel stronger than I have in a long time. In more ways than one.
*sung to the McDonald's theme...a lil' irony for yaz