Back to the basics…..

Back+To+BasicsAs I’ve mentioned in the past, I attend Woodstock Baptist Church/PCB on Sunday mornings. During each and every service, they bring us back to the basics by asking these questions:

  • Do you need to give your heart to Jesus today?
  • Do you need to recommit your life to Jesus today?

Before I try to bring us back to the basics of weight loss, please take a moment to answer the questions above…..

Now….. one of the reasons I stayed in PCB was to really focus on losing the weight that I wanted to lose and developing the body that I’ve always wanted to have. As my son-in-law would say, I wanted to work at this like it was my job!

And to accomplish my goals, I’ve had to go back to the basics. I began counting calories by weighing and measuring everything that goes into my mouth. I bought serving size measuring spoons and picked up a Biggest Loser food scale from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

And I kept a food and exercise journal using MyNetDiary.

But I ran into one complication. I wasn’t losing as much weight as I thought I should be. (Haven’t we all been there?) I’d log the calories burned by using the numbers on MyNetDiary or the numbers on the cardio equipment at the gym.  At the end of each day, I’d read something like this on MyNetDiary:

Your target of losing remaining —-lbs in — days requires losing —- calories from personalized DRI 2001 calories on 08/15/14. You consumed ——– and burned ——-calories. You are on target and your daily calorie loss of——– calories exceeds the required calorie loss by —– calories.

At this rate you will be losing about 4¾oz daily, or about 2lb each week, or about 8.5lb monthly.
 
But that wasn’t happening. And I was growing very frustrated. You’ve been there. It’s that frustration that says this isn’t working so why not give up and eat everything in sight!!! 
 
Rather than getting caught up in that cycle again, I talked with one of the trainers at the gym and she suggested that I get a Heart Monitor that will give me accurate numbers for calories burned.  Using the new monitor,  I’ve discovered that my numbers are far lower than the numbers on MyNetDiary or the cardio equipment. They do not know that I am a 50 year old, menopausal woman who has dealt with more than 25 years of hypothyroidism.
 
Now that I’ve gotten back to the basics and am using accurate information, I am losing those 4 ounces a day…
 
Whether it’s by not keeping an accurate food journal or getting the wrong numbers on the cardio equipment, it’s easy for us to lie to ourselves about what we are really doing on our weight loss journey. Getting back to the basics of weighing, measuring, and keeping a food journal along with knowing exactly how many calories we burn during exercise is ultimately about no longer lying to ourselves……

 

you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

PS: Here’s a link to the heart rate monitor I bought.

 
 

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