Phase 2 Weekly Weigh-In #2

2009/01/21 at 6:13 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Life, lifestyle change, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Phase 2 Weekly Weigh-In #2
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Here are the totals for Week #2 of Phase 2:

  • Weekly Weigh-In #2; Phase 2: 202.0 lbs.
  • Last Week’s Weigh-In: 202.5 lbs. 
  • Gain/loss of: -0.5 lbs.
  • Phase 2 Loss: -1.3 lbs.
  • Pounds to Go: 12.0 lbs.
  • Weight Loss to Date: 95.0 lbs.

As a fella once said, “Ain’t that a kick in the head?”

Needless to say, those numbers are indeed disappointing and I’m beginning to think my scale is getting wiggy on me or something. I can step on it three times and get three different readings–and that ain’t good. And at this rate I will have to shed 4 lbs. per week over the next three weeks in order to meet my goal and you know what? That’s not healthy and I refuse to do it. So while I’ll continue to do the Weigh-Ins, know that there’s a good chance I won’t be at 190 lbs. on the final one. Disappointing, but that’s the way it needs to be.

The good news. I continue to run on the treadmill each night. Perhaps tonight I will take a break and do nothing but the way I am, I seriously doubt it. For as hard as it was to run 1 mile on the first day, it seems that much easier to run 2 miles each and every night. Funny how that works…

Now that this week’s Weigh-In is all done, it’s time to recall what I did last week and make it a point not to repeat it. Let’s hope the same things don’t happen this week.

Gotta go!

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Phase 2 Weekly Weigh-In #1

2009/01/14 at 6:11 am | Posted in Health, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss, weight loss blog, weight watchers, wii fit | 4 Comments
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Okay, so I know it hasn’t been a full week. Don’t expect much as a result, but at least this will give me a chance to go over things I’m doing different this time. 

  • Weekly Weigh-In #1; Phase 2: 202.5 lbs.
  • Phase 2 Starting Weight: 203.3 lbs.
  • Gain/loss of: -0.8 lbs.
  • Pounds to Go: 12.5 lbs.
  • Weight Loss to Date: 94.5 lbs.

The scale was acting funny this morning, fluctuating between all sorts of numbers. My weight for today is an average of all of them and for the first few days I’d say that’s not too bad. We’ll see how things pan out over the next few weeks.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, I’m going to do things a little different this time around just to shake things up. First and most notably I have decided to abandon my Weight Watchers Point Excel chart for the month, and there are a few reasons for this: a) I need something different and b) after listening to a great podcast the other day, I discovered the importance of BMR.

What is BMR? It’s your Basal Metabolic Rate, or the amount of calories you burn by simply doing nothing–even sleeping. No matter what you’re doing, you burn calories and how many you burn depends on your height, weight and age. (To determine your BMR, go here.) After determining what your BMR is, it’s important to know that that number–mine is 1954.49–is what your body needs in order to maintain your current weight. If you want to shed some weight, simply take in less than your recommended BMR or exercise some more. 

My next change also goes hand-in-hand with the BMR thing. I discovered a fantastic (and free) iPhone/iPod Touch app on the iTunes store called Lose It! This app is probably one of the best I’ve come across because it keeps track of everything: weight, calorie intake, activities/calories burned, goal date, and also has a thorough database of foods to choose from when entering what you’ve eaten. If it’s not there, you can create your own data for it and save it for future use.

In my case, I was allowed 1,637 calories–just slightly lower than my BMR. Calories are tallied up as you enter your food intake and the app determines how many calories you have left to consume to stay in your safe zone. And if you add activities, the appropriate number of calories is subtracted from your total. Can it get any simpler than that? I don’t think so!

And let me tell you: seeing intake in calories vs. Points is a real kick in the gut. 

On the Wii Fit front, I have chosen to run the Island Lap while holding 5 lb. dumbells in each hand. I started that last night and noticed a considerable difference while “jogging” as I sweated much more than usual. Also, I found a little hidden extra in the “jogging” portion of the game. If you follow the different colored dogs, you run at a swifter pace than following a standard Mii. I tried it and yes, it does seem much faster!

Finally, I had mentioned earlier a podcast I discovered so I thought I’d give it a mention. It’s called Fat 2 Fit and it’s pretty much a couple of guys talking weight loss on a human level. Nothing complicated; no degrees in anatomy required. You just listen to what they have to say about their progress, answer listener e-mail, get tips from others, and discover Web sites or other valuable information. (That’s how I found out about BMR!) It’s a good listen and I’d recommend it to anybody who wants to lose weight but doesn’t know where to start.

You can give the Fat 2 Fit podcast a listen here: button_itunes

I think that’s enough for today. If you don’t hear from me the rest of the week, I’ll see you here next Wednesday. Stay focused!

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Cool Weight Loss Apps

2008/07/27 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Health, Life, weight loss, weight watchers, wii fit | Comments Off on Cool Weight Loss Apps
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Hey, it’s me. And I know I haven’t bee posting lately but honestly, I haven’t had a lot to say as my quest begins to enter the final stages (less than 15 lbs.) But I am rapidly approaching a Milestone that, when reached, I’ll post right here. It won’t be the most monumental one but it’s something I will genuinely proud of.

Oh, one thing of note. I went through the closet tonight and gathered up even more of my old Fat Guy Pants (and shirts) for disposal at a local collection site. I tried them on just to be sure I’ve lost what I think I have and no, there’s no doubting it anymore. They were HUGE and I’ll be glad to toss them into the black abyss of the collection dumpster!

Anyway, moving along here…

Since purchasing my iPod Touch, I’ve been nosing around iTunes to see which cool (and free) weight loss apps might be worth downloading.

I found some I’d like to share with you all. Keep in mind that these apps seem to be designed with the iPhone in mind as their very functionality insinuates that you will be out and about in order to make the most of them. And since (I would think) there’s a better likelihood that you would have an iPhone instead of an iPod Touch while at the grocery store or restaurant, well, there you go.

The first is the PointsCalc, a nifty little tool that allows you to enter calories, fat, and fiber in order to determine the Weight Watchers Points value of foods you may be considering. When you’re finished, simply shake your device to erase the numbers. About the only limitation is that meals with 1,000 calories or more cannot be determined, but there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t want to know anyhow.

The Restaurant Nutrition app gives you the nutritional information for 20 fast food restaurants and, if you’re really desperate to eat, you can click on the Map button and see exactly where your nearest fat…um, fast food place is located. It’s definitely handy in a pinch, but if you’re near a WiFi connection, visit Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone for a more comprehensive list.

Weight Tracker is just as its name implies. You enter your daily weight and it will keep track of your progress. You can set your starting weight, starting date and end date, and the app will keep track of your total weight lost, weight loss by day, and days remaining. All in all this one is very handy but, and this may just be me, I’d prefer if the numbers could be broken down into tenths. Instead, you have to round up (212.5 becomes 213) and that’s a real let-down. Sorry, but if you’re trying to lose weight, every little bit should count.

The fourth and final app has nothing to do with weight loss but I think it’s worth mentioning. The Pandora app connects you with the Pandora Web site where music will be streamed directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch via WiFi. You create a channel based on your music preference–one of mine is the Depeche Mode Channel–and you will hear music from the channel’s namesake as well as other related artists. I’ve been listening to my channels while jogging the Island Lap on Wii Fit and it’s worked out well.

All of these apps are free on iTunes. Check them out and see what you think!

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