It’s a brand new year, and people are quick to make new year’s resolutions. As my friend Duane says, if you want to change something about yourself, why wait to a specific date to start. And he’s absolutely right!
Back in November, I started seeing a nutritionist. Because of a hospital stay last summer, and problems with high blood pressure (which runs in the family), I was concerned about my weight. I’m a big buy. I’ve always been a big guy. That’s not going to change. But I can still try to lose some weight.
So the doc talked to me not about diets, but healthier choices — 2% milk instead of whole, multi-grain bread instead of white, more fruits, etc. Then he talked to me about exercise. He wanted me to walk an average of one hour a day. That’s about 3 miles.
So instead of waiting for the new year to resolve to eat better and lose weight, I started then, November 1, 2011. Doc set a maximum of 3000 calories a day for me to eat, in addition to walking an hour each day. A month later, he reduced my caloric intake to 2500 per day. I saw him again last Wednesday, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. He was very pleased with my progress.
Since I started seeing him two months ago, I have lost over 16 pounds! I was shocked, not that I was able to do it, but that it was done over Thanksgiving and Christmas. So now for the first time in many years, I am under 300 pounds. I’ve set a goal of 270 by Memorial Day. Once I hit that, I will set another goal for my birthday in September.
To help me monitor and track my progress, I have found two great iPhone apps! LoseIt allows me to not only track my caloric intake, but also breaks down the nutritional value of the food I eat. It has a scanner which allows me to scan the bar code of foods I buy from the grocery store. It also has an expansive list of restaurants and their menus with nutritional information.
The other app I am using is RunKeeper. It tracks my walking. It also maintains information about the route I walked, my speed, and elevation. It also allows you to choose a playlist from your iPhone. So as I begin my walk, with the touch of one button, it starts tracking me with GPS and begins my music.
So now I am off to do my first walk of the new year. Fun times!