Here we are, snowshoeing in Mt. Baker. What a beautiful place!
Before we left for the trip, I was pretty disgusted with the extra weight I had put on over the indulgent holidays. But, it wasn't until we got to Maple Falls that I really opened my eyes.
You see, the wife is a doctor and an all around fitness/health nut. She is also one of the MOST generous, caring, kind people I have ever met. So, I count myself very lucky to not only call her a friend, but to have spent so much time with her. She schooled me about my health and fitness and overall well being.
Saturday morning went like this...
Me: "What is that in your eggs?"
Me: "Really? I obviously need more help than I thought."
And, I got it. She introduced me to the My Fitness Pal app. This app is SO GREAT! It looked intimidating at first, but once you take a little tour through it, it's very simple to log. And, that is the biggest benefit by far since I started using it this past Tuesday when we returned. Logging every single calorie I put into my body has helped hold me accountable and helped me slim down my portions. What an eye opener that was...I was eating at least double the portion I should have. It also has a place to log your daily exercise.
I have a goal of 1700 calories a day...more allocated if I exercise. So far, at the end of every day, I have calories left over. Here is an example of a day for me.
Breakfast 356 cal
Egg Substitute 1/2 cup
1 tbsp ketchup
Coffee with Sugar and fat free creamer
1 tbsp peanut butter
Lunch 335 cal
Chicken breast - Oscar Mayer 2 oz
Almond Nut Thins - 24 crackers
Garlic Lovers Hummus - 4 tbsp
Dinner 420 cal
Lean Italian Turkey Sausage - 1 link
Barilla Gluten Free Pasta - 2 oz
Tomato Basil sauce - 1/2 cup
Snacks 480 cal
Protein shake (mixed berries, 1 1/2 scoops vanilla whey protein, water)
Granny Smith apple large
Almond Nut Thins - 16 crackers
Cardio Exercise +514 cal
Calisthenics - 45 minutes
So for the day, I had net calories 1,076 with 644 remaining. I eat breakfast first thing, then a snack mid morning, lunch about 12:30 pm, a snack about 3:30 pm, dinner about 6 pm and a snack about 7:30 pm. I am not left feeling hungry throughout the day. The hardest thing for me is being prepared.
I have lost TWO LBS since Tuesday, so I am jumping for joy! I hope I keep this momentum going. I feel excellent, better than I have in months.
And, this happens to be the fortune I received on Saturday during our visit...crazy, huh? And the truth!
Do yourself a favor and check out My Fitness Pal! Here's to a happy and healthy weekend, all! :)