Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Project 10: Down Another 2 Pounds!


It's Wednesday again, which means time for a Project 10 post!

I had another great week. And despite the fact that I'm sitting here eating left-over movie popcorn at 7am (my husband went out last night and brought some back for me) I feel healthier than I have since I started this project.

I'm down another two pounds, I have a ton of energy, and I feel positive about my ability to continue losing weight and getting healthy.

The biggest reason for my weight loss has been the My Fitness Pal app. I mentioned previously that I enjoy putting pen to paper to record my food intake. However, when I realized I needed to do something else to kick start my loss, I discovered that merely recording my food wasn't helpful.

When I plug entries into My Fitness Pal, it tells me how many calories I'm consuming. I was appalled by how much I was eating. I've cut down A LOT and I still go over my calorie allotment on most days. (Although not by much. I'm getting better) The best part is that since I'm determined to record everything, I count out my servings for every food that I eat. It's amazing to see how small an actual serving of food is.

Snacking is still my biggest hurdle. The worst time of day is nap-time, when I seem to want to eat the entire time the kids are asleep. Even if I'm busy doing housework, laundry, cooking, blogging, etc. I still eat. But, since I count out my portions, I'm slowly decreasing the amount of food I put in my body.

I've cut night-time snacking down to almost nothing, because by then I don't have many calories left, and seeing it there in print prevents me from reaching into the fridge or cupboard.

Goals for this week include:

1. Keeping up with my My Fitness Pal app
2. Drinking more water (I've gotten lax with this again)
3. Continuing my daily walks with the kids
4. Getting back into my ab work routine
5. Eating just one snack in the afternoon
6. Increasing my vegetable intake

It seems like that is a lot of goals, but I already do most of them, I just like to keep writing them down so I don't start getting lazy!

I highly recommend using the My Fitness Pal app if you are curious about how much you're consuming. It has really helped me, and I'm thrilled with the fact that I've lost a total of 4 pounds since starting Project 10. (And they've all come off in the last two weeks.)

If you decide to use the app, friend me on there! My user name is MegRtaylor. (It's fun to see what others are eating, and making my diary visible to my friends helps keep me on track.)

As always, link up with us if you have a health or fitness post this week, and tell me in the comments what your biggest success has been this week. I'd love to be inspired. :) Keep up the good work everyone!

12 comments:

  1. Great job!!!! I just sent you a friend request on MFP. I live by the theory of "bite it, write it," but do allow myself one day a week where I don't have to account for everything. The good thing about that day is even if I'm not writing it, I'm so used to being conscious about I'm not nearly as 'bad' as I used to be that day. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Got your request! Thanks :) I like the idea of having one day off. I think once I get to my goal weight I may do that!

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  2. Good job on the pounds!! I started using My Fitness Pal this week. Knowing that other people can see what I'm eating and how many calories and a huge motivator for me to make healthy choices! I'm so externally driven it's really pitiful. I'm always amazed at how little food is in a serving but even more amazing is how little food I really need to not be hungry and to function well!

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    1. I agree completely, external motivation drives me, too! Keep up the good work :)

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  3. Great job on the weight loss. It really is eye-opening to see what you consume on "paper". I didn't realize that the things I thought were ok were sending me over every day! I need to get back into tracking my food. i love the barcode scanner they have!

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    1. Thanks!!! I know, I think I've only been under my calories once in the week and a half i've been tracking. I'll get there though! :) And I agree, the scanner is awesome.

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  4. My greatest success is signing up for the app! Hopefully it will get me to get motivated to get out and exercise. And eat a little bit healthier. I want some more energy!

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    1. Yay, i'm so glad you signed up!! :)

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  5. You are a rock star! See, even with eating crack dip on Monday night, you still rocked it and lost!! Go you girl!! I love my fitness pal. Now having my diary public for all of you to see it will definitely keep me on track! ;)

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    1. ooooooh that crack dip was amazing!!! :)

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