I wrote ever so briefly yesterday about my goal: 140 lbs.
That’s 50.6 lbs. to lose.* I’m giving myself 5 months to lose it. Ten pounds a month sounds doable to me. That’s 2.25/week, which by most doctors’ estimates is the upper limit of how much a person can reasonably expect to lose weekly and keep off. Let’s start counting today: July 23rd. In five months it will be December 23rd! Huzzah! Christmas Eve Eve I will be looking hot af for Jesus’ birthday. My gift to him will be rippling abs.
Let’s go over how I expect to do it.
My methods are not sexy or cool or cutting edge. I’m looking down the barrel of a lot of leafy greens and hours spent on the elliptical. I think losing weight is about routine. Because gaining weight was a routine, too. A routine is what got me where I am, right? Nightly pizza after work, weekends popping over to the ice cream spot. I’ve been eating like everyday is a 4th grader’s birthday party. How much does a 4th grader weigh? About 50 lbs I bet. Carrying around this kid’s weight is not sustainable. Not if I don’t want to end up some fat asshole on a rascal missing a foot. Diabetes does run in my family. So let’s forge a new future.
I have some tools I’ve been using that I think are going to be essential in getting off (heh-heh) and keeping off the weight:
-My Fitness Pal, which you can get here. It’s a free calorie counter, and super easy to use. I used it once to lose weight, and it worked,** so I’m going back to it. It makes me conscious of what I’m putting in my mouth, and how many calories the junk really has in it. If you try it out, don’t cheat, log EVERY SINGLE THING you put in your mouth. MFP is the most useful when I’m completely honest with what I’m consuming.
-Fit Bit, the model I’m using can be found here. Or really any pedometer. While the one that comes standard in your smart phone isn’t as accurate at counting expenditures as a Fit Bit, it will give you a good baseline of how many calories you’re burning daily. The only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you expend, so just make what’s going in smaller than what’s going out and you will be on the right track.
-Weight Gurus scale, find it here. I referred to my scale in the previous post, and wrote a little about what it can track. I pair all three apps and they tell me all the things I need to know to lose weight: what I eat, how much I exercise, and my current weight (including my fat %). They are all synced so, for example, my Fit Bit tells My Fitness Pal how much I’m exercising, and I can adjust my calorie consumption accordingly. But I choose not to take into account my exercise when it comes to calories eaten daily, and instead just count those extra burned calories in my deficit. The point is to lose weight, not eat more just because I can.
At the gym, I do cardio, not weights, because my doctor told me I have high cholesterol, and that is a thing that was never, ever true about me. I was a vegetarian for almost ten years, and was routinely told I had incredibly low cholesterol. My grandfather died of a heart attack, so that high cholesterol news scared the shit out of me. If you’re trying to lose weight, I suggest going to your doctor and asking them to be brutally honest with you. Maybe you’ll get some horror show news that will scare the shit out of you, and light a fire under that ass, too.
So, cardio at the gym will lower my cholesterol and burn some calories and it’s good for my lungs, too. And it’s good for lowering stress, too. And it will help me sleep better at night while I’m worrying about my cholesterol. Six days a week I do 30 minutes/daily, alternating between a fast walk on the treadmill to a steady pace on the elliptical.
Tomorrow let’s talk food: what am I eating and when am I doing it?
PS: My spacing after periods is all over the place. You may have noticed, maybe you couldn’t give two shits less. But I can’t figure out if I’m pro two spaces after or pro one space. I just wanted to acknowledge it so you didn’t think I was just some idiot who didn’t know he didn’t know how to properly type.
*I lost some weight between my last post and this post, which explains the discrepancy in weight from yesterday to today. Hooray!
**But if I lost weight using MFP once and gained it back, am I sure using the app worked? Yeah. I am, because I stopped using it, and gained it all (and more) back. The complicated reasons for losing and gaining the weight will be discussed in a later post.