I began my journey to a healthier self and started MFP all in the same day. June 8th of this year, 1 day shy of 6 months ago. I was amazed by how easy it was to follow the numbers, create even healthier meals and actually eat regularly throughout the day! I have two young children ages 4 and almost 2 and I wasn't eating regularly although it was pretty healthy food. I eat my work out calories (after subtracting the 20 cals per 10 minutes that I'd be burning just sitting there, of course!), I eat whole foods and not processed, dyed, flavoured, artificially-sweetened ones, and I eat every 2-3 hours. I'm careful with sodium, I get lots of fibre and balance my carbs/fats/proteins thoughout the day plus I get at least 8 8oz glasses of water into me. This all ads up to having lost a healthy and steady amount of weekly weight (except for the few weeks in the fall where I plateaued due to eating too few calories - only 1200 a day) and to my AMAZEMENT I have suddenly crossed the 50lb mark in my loss. :noway: I knew it was coming, I could see the numbers, but this has struck me like nothing before. You can't fake that number. That's not water weight or those first easy 5 to 10 lbs of recently added fat that your body isn't too attached-to. It's all a success but I honestly never thought I could do it. In any other year those 6 months would have been spent lamenting my shape, wishing for the magic key, or planning on starting "tomorrow". Yay me :bigsmile:
So keep plugging away. Where might YOU be 6 months from now if you do!!
Congratulations you are such an inspiration!!
However, I did not know that losing weight was so technical. I still don't understand how to add or subtract exercise calories. I'm doing everything I can to keep my calories at 1200 a day. However you and other successful MFP members have shared advice about exercise calories, BMR, etc. It's all a bit technical for me. Can I have the same success as you if I stick to my 1200 calories a day and exercise 30-60 minutes 4-5 times a week?
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