On or about April 25th, I went to get my new driver’s license. After a surprisingly quick visit, I walked back out to my car and decided to compare photos of my old and new license. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe the fat face looking back at me from my new license. I decided right then and there that it was time to stop saying I was going to get back into shape and actually do it.
I began the following Monday, April 29th. Since then I’ve lost 12 lbs. That’s around 0.3lbs a day. My goal? 18lbs by June 30th. If you do the math (which I did because I’m a nerd like that), my current weight loss trend puts me at 18lbs on June 25th. That gives me a nice 5 day cushion…not too shabby.
How, you might ask, have I achieved such a feat? Easy! Eat Less, Move More! “But Runner Dad, it can’t be that simple…can it?” I assure you my friends, it is. Barring any major health issues (such as a thyroid issue), eating less and moving more will help you lose weight.
My secret weapon has been MyFitnessPal.com (you can follow me here). I can’t sing this website’s praises loud enough. You put in your current stats, what you want to lose, how fast you want to lose it, and BOOM! It gives you a break down of how many calories you should eat per day, including a breakdown of different nutritional categories (fat, carbs, protein, etc.). You login each day to use their extensive database to track your meals…and boy is it eye-opening. That grilled chicken salad from your favorite chain restaurant that you thought was healthy…yeah, not so much. (I’m talking to you, TGI Fridays). You quickly see what foods you need to eliminate or find healthier alternatives for in your diet (such as replacing 120cal per slice “healthy” wheat bread with 7-grain Pepperidge Farm bread for 45cal per slice).
The other awesome thing this site does is allows you to earn calories by exercising. So let’s say your daily goal is 1200 net calories. Sounds tough…until you realize that if you do a 3 mile run you’ve earned 380 – 400+ calories (depending on your weight and pace). So your 1200 calorie goal just became 1600! It really gives you a great incentive to get out the door and move move move! It lets you see how exercising really benefits your weight loss goals.
I’ll be honest, the first week was rough, mainly because I was in “sweet” withdrawal. I had been eating ice cream or something equally as bad every night…so I really needed to change that anyway. But I am in no way starving myself. Here’s a sample day that included 2 miles of walking:
As you can see I’m still satisfying my sweet tooth.
So if you want to lose weight, I’d definitely suggest trying out this website. It’s free, easy to use, and just awesome. Good luck in your journey!