Who Are We and Why Are We Headed for Shamrock?

We met online in 2005 trying to--what else--lose weight. We've had our ups and downs along the way, but we're not where we want to be. This is our journey to get fit and healthy. We invite you to follow us as we "exercise" our way across the country--track our progress on the map to Shamrock below-- in an effort to each lose 50 pounds by the end of 2009 and adopt a healthier lifestyle along the road.

Where will we go once we reach our goals? The sky's the limit... but we're thinking Greece would be nice.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Whine and Dine

So this was a disappointing week for me. I thought I was doing so well and looking back at my daily reports, I was. But when I saw what my scale had to show me the other morning, I felt completely defeated. Weird for me, really, since I can usually be pretty reasonable about weigh-ins. I know that my weight can fluctuate a lot. I know that it's not realistic to expect a 2+ pound weight loss each week. I know that when I skip meals it doesn't necessarily add up to weight loss for me. For some reason, though, all that reasonable-ness went out the window and I had more than one whine and dine moment over the course of the last couple of days--you know where you whine about not losing fast enough and then dine on whatever you want just to prove that...um...you aren't losing fast enough? I'm not pretending that this all makes sense, I'm just telling it like it is for me.

But this week's weigh-in convinces me that I need to track in a different way. It's apparently not enough to eyeball my portions and write it all down. I need to be more precise so I'm going to take Peggy Sue's lead and track calories--at least for now. I started today. I downloaded an app onto my iPhone that will help me track calories and I'll know at a glance how many more I have left for the day. I can already tell that it will make a difference for me to track this way since I attended a birthday party earlier today and passed on cupcakes and other goodies. I took one look at my calories I had left for the day and I knew that I didn't want to waste them on junk.

I'll still focus on getting my calories from whole foods, but even whole foods, if you eat too much of them, will make you fatter than you want to be. I can't promise that I can quit whining about this all together, but I'll try.


  1. Way to recommit, BL! I think the tracking is really gonna help you. Have you set a daily calorie/fat goal?

  2. Live Strong is telling me if I'm lightly active, I should have about 1600 calories and if I'm moderately active it should be about 2000...this when I tell it that I want to lose 1-2 pounds/week. I'm not sure if I'm lightly active or moderately active... I think it depends on the day. So I'm gonna start out with the lower calorie count and see how it works this week. How are you tracking fat%?

  3. I'm trying to stay between 20-30% of calories from fat. For 1800 calories, that means not going over 60g. Most days I do pretty well. And if I go over one day, I usually end up going in the low range several days too, so it averages out in the longer run.

    For 1600 calories, it's about 53 g.

  4. Oh, forgot to say, in case you don't have it:

    fat grams X 9 = total calories from fat

    total calories from fat/total calories for the day = % from fat

    Does that make sense?