I have friends and they do things like count calories, go to the gym and be healthy. I, on the other hand, am not so focused on my health regime.
I like my veggies, I rarely eat red meat, I consume little dairy-cheese is my weakness-, and I do 30-40 minute sessions of yoga five times a week. I also walk everywhere. This is simply how I like living my life.
I am by NO means skinny, not even a bit. I am a chunky gal and I’m totally okay with it. Rockin’ a solid 84 kilograms/185 pounds. However, I could be healthier and honestly should be healthier.
So in addition to my almost daily yoga, I will start counting my calories.
My weakness -besides cheese- is chocolate and cookies. I also love pizza, veggie/chicken burgers with poutine and samosas.
My strengths-beside doing yoga- are I like being outside and love exploring food.
How will this go?
I would be lying if I wrote this as if I haven’t counted calories before. I have. It’s tedious and I usually give up because it takes up a good chunk of time.
I have watched a couple of videos on the matter and asked my friends how they keep it up and it’s all about persistence. Literally, “Just do it.”
So, that’s what I’m going to do. Suck it up and document it all.
What’s nice about MyFitnessPal is it counts ALL calories including exercise. What it doesn’t do is handle custom workouts… I get around this by using the Fit app.
I like Fit because it can follow me throughout my day without hassle and it easily includes other apps seamlessly.
For example, when I was using Nike+ Training (again, not a sponsor), Fit picked it up no problem. It counted the time, the calories and added it to my daily timeline; which made it easy to add to MyFitnessPal.
To get an idea of what my meals should look like, for free because budget, I used Eatthismuch.com (not a sponsor). I made a free account and got an idea of what my meals should look like.
This site seems pretty helpful by making the information point blank visible. They have an app too but it I have limited space on my phone so…
MyFitnessPal also has an extensive library on meals.
What do I want out of this?
Like I wrote earlier, I should be healthier. I have no excuse not to be besides laziness.
I live in an artisanal community with organic/vegan/vegetarian/local restaurants and daily farmer’s markets, most within a 10 minute walk. The furthest being about a half hour walk away.
So I literally do not have an excuse. All healthy options are at my fingertips, it’s just a matter of making them.
From my research I should be closer to 70kg.
At 84kg, I should be consuming 1993 calories per day (which is A LOT more than I thought it would be). Each of my four meals should be around 500 calories; if I want to reach my goal of 73kg by January (because my “deadline” is incredibly original).
That gives me 8 months to lose 11kg. This is going to be a quite the challenge.
Have you done something like this before? How did your experience go? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments 🙂