Weight Loss

May. 1st, 2012 10:55 pm
[personal profile] puzzle_me
My weight has always fluctuated up and down over the course of the year - but over the last year, I've put on more weight than the normal fluctuations. It's not a weight I'm happy at, and I also don't want to buy new clothes. My weight is headed back down - I'm currently down about 5 lbs from my high weight - and I wanted to post about how I've been going about that.

First though, the reasons it went up. Reason #1 was a medication I was on. Reason #2 is that I eat dessert more often when I'm dating someone who keeps bringing home delicious desserts every time he goes grocery shopping. Reason #3 is that I have been eating out more, and making some incorrect assumptions about what's healthier and what's not. I have since gone off the medication and at my request Allen is much more restrained about picking up desserts to bring over. This caused my weight to stop going up, but simply cutting out the med and the desserts as not caused my weight to go back down.

When I decided to try to lose weight, I went about it by counting calories, primarily. My first attempt was last December/January. I downloaded a calorie counting program from online, but it turned out to be too arduous a process - the program I had just was too much work to use. It also gave letter grades for all the food I ate, and they seemed to be pretty arbitrary, and which were also discouraging me from eating perfectly healthy foods. Finally, it didn't help me align calorie goals with weight loss goals in a way that was effective. So, I abandoned calorie counting for a few months and just tried to eat a little healthier and get more exercise. The problem with going about it this way is that I tend to get into a mindset that if I've exercised for an hour I can eat whatever I want, so I again wasn't having any success.

A few weeks back I decided to try again with the serious calorie counting. I poked around more online and ended up downloading Lose It! for the iPhone. I am also using a weight tracking program called WeightTrend+. I find Lose It far easier to use than the other calorie tracker I tried. Looking up foods is not as arduous, and most supermarket foods with a bar code can be scanned in using the phone and entered into the calorie tracker that way. You can also enter in calories from exercise pretty easily. If you are trying to lose weight, it has you set a weekly goal (between 1/2 lb and 2 lbs), and it gives you a target calorie value. I have mine set at 1 lb a week, though my actual loss has happened at a slightly higher rate. WeightTrend calculates a moving average of your weight, and you can graph weight over time. It's a good reality check when I have a sudden overnight drop or gain that's more than expected.

For exercise, I have primarily been biking, gardening/doing yard work, and going to a yoga class. By tracking my exercise in addition to my food intake, I'm able to give myself leeway to have treats after my workouts without going overboard. With food tracking, I was extremely surprised to find that I could figure out a healthier and lower cal lunch option from Chipotle, that I really like, than I could from Jimmy Johns, which I've usually gone to when I really would have rather eaten at Chipotle but was trying to be healthier.

Have any of you tried using apps to help you lose weight and/or exercise more? I like the ones I'm using, but I'm open to trying others.

Date: 2012-05-02 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertine.livejournal.com
I have been on weight watchers for a couple weeks and it is much less annoying then just counting. Also, since I paid for it I feel more obligated to use it.

It is really annoying to gain enough weight where you need new clothes. I am okay with clothes shopping but I don't want to replace everything.

Date: 2012-05-04 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbok1.livejournal.com
I don't actually mind counting - the program I was using before had a crappy database of foods, whereas the one I'm using now has a really good database. Also, in the past, trying to get myself to do something by spending money towards it has never, ever worked for me. I'm glad Weight Watchers is working for you though. And if I stall out on counting calories, I'll definitely consider it. My work has some sort of discount on it if we do use it.

I bought a few pairs of jeans at Savers a couple months ago to expand my options, but they've started to feel too big and today I put on a pair of jeans I couldn't fit into a month ago. So exciting! Little milestones like that are what will keep me motivated. :)

Date: 2012-05-02 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] birdfigment.livejournal.com
I have not used apps - but I have used journaling as a way to keep myself accountable for my goals, so I encourage you to use lj that way!

Also, you didn't ask for recommendations, but the only "diet" I ever went on per se was a really old one, the Scarsdale diet, which basically says eat less fat, more whole grains, less carbs overall, more veggies and lean protein and fruit. It worked. It also segued nicely into something of an enduring diet change that has kept me within 5 pounds of my lowest weight for the last, oh, 8 years? So that's something. I'd be happy to share the book.
Finally, I know we were planning to make hula hoops sometime and we didn't. I still think we should! I will ask Rachel B if she has time to do a tutorial for us sometime because she has made her own in the past. (I could totally use the waist toning that'd give, myself.)

Date: 2012-05-04 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbok1.livejournal.com
Yes, for sure, on the hula hoops! I could definitely use the waist toniing.

I'm not too keen on going on diets, but I am keen on eating healthier and not calling it a diet. I've been making more of an effort to eat exactly the things you're talking about - more fish and chicken, less red meat; brown rice and quinoa instead of white rice; making sure I do eat at least 5 serving of fruit and veggies each day. Allen is very supportive of me eating healthier, though not as into whole grains and lots of vegetables himself. Also, he has trouble keeping weight on, not getting it to come off.

Date: 2012-05-02 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferrousoxide.livejournal.com
My Fitness Pal for the Android is pretty neat. You put in what you've eaten and how much exercise you've done and it keeps track of the calories. You can set target weight, etc. And it doesn't yell at you for eating things that are unhealthy or anything.

Date: 2012-05-02 05:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pork_chop
I coupled this app with MapMyRun to track my activities. I like the interface of both - very easy to use!

Date: 2012-05-04 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbok1.livejournal.com
I will look into that one. Thanks!

Date: 2012-05-02 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soundingsea.livejournal.com
I think LoseIt! is pretty awesome. I lost 25lb using it in 2010, and my hair stylist has lost like 68lb using it over the last couple years. So, definitely a useful app if you stick to it.

I stopped losing weight when I stopped tracking religiously (due to work stress), but I've started again this spring. I'm also now using JEFIT (another iphone app) to track sets and reps when weightlifting.

(Drop me an email with the email addy you're using on loseit if you wanna be loseit buddies! I find it's helpful for motivation.)

Date: 2012-05-04 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbok1.livejournal.com
Hmm, I don't know if I've given LoseIt my email, but I'll look into that and send you my e-mail once I'm registered.

Date: 2012-05-03 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplecamels.livejournal.com
I have used myfitday.com and myfitnesspal.com It ends up being the same. I track really well for awhile- it motivates me to pay attention to what I'm eating. I start losing weight. Then I stop tracking until I start going back up and start all over again. For me increasing exercise has been the main thing that helps me. And usually when I start counting calories again it's the sweets or extra dressing, condiments that add up to the most calories.

Date: 2012-05-04 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbok1.livejournal.com
One thing I have going for me is that I'm not so into sweets. I rarely have them now, but I could go the entire rest of my life without ever drinking pop or eating sugary candy and I wouldn't ever miss them. Chocolate is a different matter, but I like it relatively not-sweet.

Date: 2012-05-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicholay.livejournal.com
I have lost about 10 pounds in the last month and a half! I've been using:

*a diet plan which includes mainly a lot of protein, complex carbs, and veggies. I eat lots of little meals, and I have them all prepared in advance so I don't get lazy and skip a meal or head for DQ when I get hungry. I eat lots of eggs, oatmeal, salads, fish & chicken, brown rice, veggies. Boring at times, but overall it really works for me. And even though I'm eating all the time, the calories add up to only about 1200 per day, which allows plenty of room for treats like a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate. If you're interested in seeing the plan I can share it with you on Google Docs.

*a spreadsheet which I use to enter my daily weight, my time up and to bed (to calculate baseline calories burned during the day), calories consumed, and additional calories burned doing cardio and weights. The spreadsheet has formulas to calculate the moving 7-day average weight, and the daily calorie deficit (calories consumed - calories burned from being awake and workouts). This is also a Google Doc I can show you if you are interested. I can't take credit for it, Jodi made it for herself and shared it with me, but I tweaked it the way I wanted it. It sounds kind of similar to the WeightTrend app you mentioned, though.

I like the spreadsheet a lot more than when I've used apps like SparkPeople because I don't have to go through and enter individual foods - it took so much time to track on SparkPeople that I got frustrated entering every little thing. Since I'm on a diet with a set amount of calories, it's easy to just enter that number and add in anything above it (like 120 for a glass of wine, etc). I'm trying to be careful not to skip any meals, but if I do I just guess at how many calories that subtracts.

*I have standing gym dates with Jodi 3-4 times a week in which we do a weight routine and cardio (running, walking, or elliptical). I also am taking a Monday night Zumba class through St Paul Community Ed and I love it, it's really fun! Also, I like running, and I downloaded the Zombies, Run! app for my iPhone (https://www.zombiesrungame.com/). I've done a few missions on this game and it's lots of fun.

So...don't know if that answers your question. The only app I'm using is the Zombies Run app, which isn't specifically weight loss, it's more like making a game out of running to pass the time. I have used SparkPeople but got tired of looking up every little thing, so eventually gave up on that.

Date: 2012-05-04 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbok1.livejournal.com
The ZombiesRun program sounds fun, but I hate running. :( Do you think that the missions would translate well to biking?

I'd be interested in the meal plan you've been using. I've been at about 1400-1500 calories most days - 1200 is too low for my body. Even spreading the calories out more, and eating lots of fiber heavy whole grains and proteins, it leaves me hungry when I go to bed which is a guaranteed blood sugar drop the next morning for me. But it would be good to have a base to work off of for at least some days.

Date: 2012-05-08 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicholay.livejournal.com
I shared the meal plan with you in Google docs a couple of days ago and I meant to come right here and tell you that but got distracted by something shiny. But let me know if you have questions!

I don't think the Zombies Run app would really translate well to biking unfortunately - the story talks about running throughout.

Date: 2012-05-04 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paninogirl.livejournal.com
I started working on diet and exercise in April 2008. Since then, I've lost about 47 pounds. It always surprises me to write that number. Part of me is so proud of accomplishing that, but part of me is bummed that I allowed myself to gain that much.

I am the most successful at losing weight if I watch what I eat and exercise. In the beginning, I counted calories using SparkPeople. Then, i just cooked more at home using Weight Watchers cookbooks. When I was in a weight loss rut this fall, I joined WW through work and lost my final 8 pounds.

I have tracked my weight since July 2008 using Hacker's Diet, which is very similar to WeightTrend+. Weighing myself daily has helped me understand how what I put in my body affects my weight from day to day. It has also helped me get back on track when I fall off the bandwagon. Because of the tool, the most I have ever gained back since April 2008 has been 3 pounds (which I lost -- and then some -- on WW). I reached my goal weight in January 2012, and have been within 1 pound of it (trendlinewise) since then. I definitely recommend keeping with WeightTrend+!

I do my best to watch what I eat these days, but I also recognize that it's been stressful this spring at work, and that eating everything in moderation, combined with my regular workouts, are helping me maintain my weight with little thought. I would secretly love to get to my weight at age 16 (which is 4.8 pounds from my current trendline weight), but I know that I have to count calories/do WW for that to happen.

Good luck, and let me know if you want to chat about weight loss at any time!



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