New Year, Same Resolution

Back from Christmas break and two weeks of over indulging.  My clothes have been getting noticeably tighter and more uncomfortable.  Since I tend to hang my clothes dry I can’t blame my clothes for shrinking.  This leaves the only conclusion – I’m getting FAT!

Every year we all promise ourselves we are going to lose weight, eat better, and work out.  All too often people make promises to themselves, get overwhelmed and dive into a pie.  It’s ok to fall off the wagon and into a pie during the course of a year.  Don’t feel completely defeated.  Pick yourself up, wipe your face and try again.  Your resolution should be to Keep Trying.  Don’t quit trying!

Studies show that  if you wear a pedometer, you tend to walk a little more, take the stairs and at the end of the day, you’ve lost extra calories!  I highly recommend the Sportline Traq Pedometer from Running Room.  Unlike other pedometers I’ve had, this one is digital!  It doesn’t depend on you clipping it on your waist and specific orientation.  It can detect your motion even if it’s in your pocket or purse!  Of course you do have to measure your stride length, age, weight and the rest is automagic!  What surprised me after the first use was that it keeps track of the total time you move.  It’s disturbing to know that after an 8 hour day of working in an office, I walked only 1 hour total!  These are stats that motivate me to get off my butt more.  If you purchase this online, you can use ”JANFEB2013” to save 20% off your whole purchase until the end of February.  So if you don’t have the proper footwear, and apparel for running, add it all to the cart now!

I would also recommend getting a calorie counter app like MyFitnessPal.  It’s free, and has a huge database of foods.  If it isn’t listed in there, you can use the camera to scan the barcode and it automagically creates the entry with all the dirty details!  You can also put in recipes and have it break down the calorie count for a serving portion.   I’m a huge fan!  The one thing I don’t like is, no matter if you’re a man, woman, tall, short, young, old, the default calories it sets per day is 1200.  This can be dangerously low depending on the variables I mentioned.  I’d recommend speaking with your doctor before starting any program.  Since my doctor tells me I’m pretty darn healthy I tend to figure out how many calories I need from online calculators.  Based on this calculator, I change the 1200 calories to the number listed for ”If you reduce your current caloric intake to insert number here calories per day you will lose one pound per week without exercise.”

So far I’ve lost 1 pound.  Losing 1-2 pounds a weeks is a pretty healthy pace.  If I lose a more significant amount of weight, I’ll go back to the calculator and see how many calories I need and adjust accordingly.

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