I’m Losing Weight with the Lose It! App

I'm losing it

 

Without doing any research, I would bet a lot of money that the most-popular New Year’s resolution is losing weight. And I’d be right there with the rest of the crowd.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t go the ‘resolution route’ this year. Instead, I’m creating a MANIFESTO that will help guide me through the year (and into the next year). You’ll see all the details in an upcoming blog post — I promise!

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Wow!  That’s a BIG number, isn’t it?

One of the sections of my manifesto is Health and Wellness.   So, no matter whether I call it a resolution or a goal or a line item on my manifesto, I really do want to (need to) lose about 50 pounds.

That sounds like a lot of weight. But…when you do the math, that comes out to a little more than four pounds each month. Or about a pound a week.

I really think I can do that!

Three of my best friends at work asked me to join them on the health improvement and weight-loss journey today by signing up for the free app LoseIt!. So I did.

{I need all the help I can get.}

I’ve added my profile information and even logged the food I’ve eaten for the past few days.

Gulp!

And, to my surprise (not really) the food that I’ve been eating at lunch during the work week is killing me.  My cheat meals at Garden Wok are over — at least for now.  I have to totally concentrate on good food choices — every day of the week.

Literally.

clip art weighing scale with footprints

I guess you can only trick yourself for so long. And today was the last day for that.

I’m at the highest weight of my life and that’s sad. Sad because I allowed it to happen. Yes, I could blame it on some of the medications I take. One of the biggest side effects of one of them is weight gain. But…since I know that, I should be taking action to prevent the weight gain from happening in the first place. At least that’s my thought.

Instead, I’ve just allowed myself to get fat and lazy.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

It’s time to turn the bus around and get VERY serious about food choices and exercise (which has been non-existent for a long time). Because “I’m busy and I don’t have time.” (READ: I’m just lazy and don’t want to move.)

I won’t be running any marathons in the near future; however, I need to get up and MOVE.

In addition to my poor choices for lunch, I am a charter member of the Clean Plate Club. And I have to learn to break that habit too. The club will have to go on with out me. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Here’s a screen capture of the Lose It! home page.

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You can access your information from your computer and your smart phone.  And it’s FREE.  There’s a premium version that you can pay for, but (so far) the free version is perfect for what I need to do.

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And here’s where I track my weight.  The scale at work weighs heavier than my scale at home (don’t you hate that?) but we all agreed that we should use the same scale.  We’re having weekly weigh ins.  On Fridays.

screen capture lose it with weight tracking

So far, Lose It! seems to be a great way to keep track of my meals and exercise.  There are also several support groups you can join (for free).  I’ve joined two.  I haven’t done much with them (yet) so I can’t give you any feedback on them.

I’ll be posting my weight loss progress here on the blog at least weekly.  I’ll really appreciate your support.  And I’ll be happy to encourage you too.

 

P.S.  I’m all done posting all the ‘bad’ food pictures on Instagram.  I know I went pretty crazy with the heavy, carb-laden foods lately.  College Boy and Tall Child were on Christmas break and we tend to stay home and cook big, hearty meals when they are home.  They love to eat.  And my wife and love it when we can all be together.
P.P.S. If YOU are interested in joining LoseIt! and want to keep tabs on me, just email me and I’ll share my ID so you can be my ‘friend’.  : )

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down

As the old Carpenters’ song goes, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”

Not really.

Fridays are my favorite day of the week; but Mondays don’t really bother me. I’m happy to have been given another day to live, laugh, and serve.

You too?

Growing up in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, I loved (and still love) the songs of Richard and Karen Carpenter.

Monday’s aren’t bad days by default; however, today was somewhat of a double-whammy kind of day. And it may not end well, either.

Read on.

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2014 : A New Year = Promises + Plans + Possibilities

 

2014 block of green

 

Ah, welcome to 2014.

A new year full of promises, plans, and possibilities.

Yes, I’ve been away for a while (too long) and my blog has a gaping hole in it.  But I’m not going to fret about things in the past.

And you shouldn’t either!

Let’s make this year a time for focusing on the important stuff.  {Click here to tweet that thought.}

For me, the next twelve months will have laser-beam focus on the following:

Grace — I want to extend grace and forgiveness to my family, my co-workers, and to the world in general.  God has extended so much grace to me.  I want to do the same.

Gratitude — I take too much for granted.  It’s time to look at the smallest things and feel thankful for them.  Examples:  the heated seats in my car on a morning where the temperature is hovering around 11 degrees F; when my kids get along.  They are great kids, don’t get me wrong; however, it is pure bliss when they can be in the same room with each other for more than 15 minutes and co-exist.  Oh, how I love that.

Giving — In 2014 I want to ‘give’ by helping out more at home.  My wife handles SO MUCH of the day-to-day home-keeping tasks.  She needs a break.  And I need to step up and do my share.  I also need to be a better manager and coach at work.  I depend on my team members to do a lot.  And I need to be there for them — teach them, nurture them, and discipline them so they can become better at what they do.

Simplification (which continues to include some major de-cluttering projects) — This seems to be on my list every year.  I struggle with keeping my world clutter-free.  The plan is to simplify:  file away papers, keep my closet in good shape, keep clutter from accumulating in all the popular places (kitchen counter tops, dressers, in the car, and a few hundred other places.  It never used to bother me — but now — it does.  There are plenty of opportunities for de-cluttering my world.  {Click here to tweet that thought}

What about you?  What are your plans for the new year?

 

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