Watching My Weight
I’ve been consumed by counting calories these last few days after starting my New Years diet. My new scale is addictive. It is amazing to me that you can gain a pound and loose body mass. It is a little time consuming to evaluate your calories and keep track of what you eat, but it is wonderful to be armed with the understanding of just what the foods you eat are doing to your figure.
Weight Loss and Calorie Counting Sites
My husband and I both are using a great little FREE program on the internet to keep track of our daily caloric intake and activities. It has neat little pie charts, graphs, reports, and calculators.
There are also a few neat little calorie calculators I found online that tells you how many calories per day you need to just “sustain” your current weight. I warn you – you can’t lie about your age when you fill it out or it won’t be accurate. The website linked above also has info on how walking can help you loose weight. Here’s another calorie calculator that includes calculations for your lifestyle to show how many calories you can burn/eat.
Jillian Michaels, the trainer for NBC’s hit series ‘The Biggest Loser’ (while a tad bit under-dressed ~ tacky!) offers a free weight loss plan and some healthy tips on her website also. Being a ‘Family Friendly’ blog, I won’t link there. Maybe if she puts some clothes on or hides her bikini line, I might reconsider.
For your older homeschool students (or inquisitive moms and dads), I found a super online ‘Exercise and Calories’ lesson plan that teaches students to analyze their lifestyles and figure out how much rest, nutrition and exercise they need to be healthy.
Counting calories makes you more aware of labels on the foods you eat. I had no idea that there was copper in coffee and vitamin K in Miracle Whip. Does that make them healthy? Probably not. It is not hard to find out with the power of the internet behind you. To find out how your favorite foods measure up, simply stop in at the browser of your choice (Goodsearch, Google, etc.) and type in a few key words (such as: “PF Chang Nutrition Facts”, “Butter Calories Nutrition”, “Salt Nutrition Facts”…). Once you enter the information in your free food journal (see link above), you can simply click a button the next time you eat there and it will automatically calculate it all for you. The hard part about counting is the first few weeks of adding things up. Once you put in a little ‘sweat’ and ‘tears’ that first week… counting calories is as ‘easy as pie’.
Adding Some Activity
I never said that loosing weight was easy. It isn’t impossible, however. I think the first week of my ‘diet’ program is a little too early to start posting ‘results’ on weight loss. 13 lbs. is not a huge goal, but it is going to be a lot of work to maintain without a lifestyle change. I don’t want to just get rid of pounds; but rather, to trim down – tone up – and get fit.
Our family is planning to do some heavy hiking, walking and climbing in the forests of Arkansas about once a week with the children. We will have to drive a ways to get to the different parks, but it will be worth it. Adding physical activity is sometimes all you need to burn more calories than you take in. Changing the equation is how you change your body mass and loose those pant-sizes. Hopefully we can have FUN while we ‘work’ at it.
Living a more active lifestyle and getting outdoors to play with the kids more will:
1. eliminate our ‘winter cabin-fever’
2. elevate our moods
3. give us more energy
4. help us be more focused
5. prevent sickness and time away from school
6. let us see the great outdoors and enjoy nature
7. create happy memories of time we spent together
You can’t beat that for multi-tasking.
Here’s hoping that your resolutions are easy to keep and that 2007 is a healthy year for you and your family!
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