Twenty three days ago, my oldest son told me about CICO, which stands for calorie-in calorie-out and sent me a link to an article written by a lady who had lost 90# in a year’s time by using calorie counting. I was impressed with what seemed like a painless way to take off the many extra pounds I’m carrying. I started using the free website, My Fitness Pal, on my computer that day and every day since then. Anyone who knows anything about the Weight Watchers site and calorie counting, it’s just like that only it doesn’t cost anything.
I used an average of multiple websites to calculate what would be the ideal # of calories per day to consume to lose what I want to lose, based on my age, current weight, and activity level. I’ve been sticking to the calorie limit religiously and it doesn’t feel like I’m depriving myself which a lot of diets I’ve tried over the years has felt like. My body has actually adjusted to how I’m learning what foods jack the calories and mean less of other things. I’ve lost 8 pounds in 23 days.
What really makes this plan work is when I exercise the exercise burns calories, but on my calorie limit it shows I have that many more calories I can eat. This is giving me a lot of incentive to exercise. Aside from working in the yard, which I haven’t counted at all, I’ve taken one hike and two fairly long bike rides. The ride earlier this week was just shy of 14 miles (selfie above is from that ride.)
Even though I despise facebook for so many reasons, it is a good way to link up with local interest groups. I found a group of people who like to ride bike trails. This morning a group of us went out and did a ~22-mile ride, stopping halfway at a small brewery for a drink and conversation outside on their patio. I don’t drink beer so I had root beer, which was fine. I was next to the slowest rider but the group was so supportive and even a few came back to find me when I got behind. Back at the starting point some of the people waited for me and one other person to get back to applaud us. The other person was nowhere in sight so the ride leader went back with her car to find him (she did.) It was a very pleasant experience to get exercise and to be around a friendly group of folks. I will be taking more rides with this group.
Two final things. One, for a person with an eating addiction who has felt guilty for every bite of food eaten, to use calorie counting and staying under the limit has been a true blessing as there is no guilt with eating now. The other, taking steps towards health, where tangible results are seen, gives a grrrreat feeling!