Friday, October 15, 2010
Somewhere in recent years being a loser became a good thing.
After I turned forty, I gained five pounds. Five pounds that seemed determined to stick with me through thick and thicker. If I lost two, I gained back three.
I blamed it on age, hormones, weakness, carb addiction, or some glitch in my metabolism. I knew how I got those extra pounds, (see prior post on baking pies) but I didn’t know how to get rid of them. I counted the calories of everything I ate and let me say that REALLY takes the fun out of eating. But it didn’t help.
Imagine this: one year I worked outside for two months carrying a ladder around, wearing a heavy backpack and long pants and long sleeves in the hottest part of the summer. I don’t have time to tell you why I climbed up and down all day long (science). Suffice to say I figured out I was walking ten miles on those days if I counted all my steps and mind you, about a third of them were going up and down a ladder. And still I couldn’t lose a pound!
You are probably shouting at me now. Duh Debra Duh. Yeah, NOW I know.
Too few calories. Too many burned up and not enough taken in. Counting calories only works if you balance the equation properly.
Did you hear that? Music. Choirs singing. Bells tinkling. It was a glorious moment. I wasn’t eating enough. Unfortunately that does not mean I should try to catch up now.
This past spring, a friend told me about an application she had downloaded to her ITouch called LoseIt. It worked for her. We agreed it’s just made for obsessive people like us. (An ITouch is an Ipod on steroids by the way. Not as fancy as the new IPad)
For me, I count not only every calorie in but every calorie out. Okay, I do as close as I can. And it’s working. I started to consistently lose weight. Granted it was no more than a pound or half pound every few weeks but I finally got over that mountain. Six pounds lost and not found! I feel great. More energy, clothes fit better, don’t feel so lumpy.
I’ve found a number of people who are successfully losing weight with this program.
Now, you don’t all have ITouch, or IPad or IPhones. I know that. But think about calories in and calories out. Eating less and exercising more works! Where have you heard that one before?
LoseIT tells you every day how many calories you should eat to maintain or lose weight. I put in my current weight plus my goal weight and how much I’d like to lose per week. Doctors recommend no more than 1 lb a week. One pound equals 3500 calories, remember?
I add in what I eat and the exercise I get and it tells me if I’m under or over on calories.
Remember, just don’t burn so many calories that your body stops burning them to save your miserable butt. Literally.
I did not need to lose those five pounds for health reasons but I was just sick of being at the top capacity of my clothes and feeling like a lump. I am not for a moment suggesting you all need to be thin to be happy—we should all be able to choose the weight we are comfortable with, and hopefully, that’s a healthy weight for your body. I think a little padding is probably better than no padding!
There are many sources to help you determine the calories gained or lost by eating and exercising, so you don't need this program but can do this on your own. The LoseIt app just makes it a lot easier and a little more fun.
If you are considering losing weight this is a safe way to do that, but of course SEE YOUR DOCTOR if you are considering any major change in diet or exercise. I always knew that the simple answer was eating less and exercising more but it took me awhile to get it right. By watching the calories in your foods, you automatically eat better because you don’t want to squander calories on junk food but will find a way to eat healthier options.
I hope that the ideas I've shared here help someone who is ready to try again. I leave you with this verse, which is one of my favorites for a number of reasons. If you struggle with something, like losing weight, or overcoming fear, or discouragement, remember that our Lord is always present for help. In fact, we need to learn to use that help rather than turn away from it.
Philipians 4: 12
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have
learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Some of my best friends are losers. What about you? Happy where you are, looking to lose or gain, and what's worked for you?