Thursday, April 7, 2011

I'm Losing It

Some of my dear friends read the title of this post and probably thought, "You've already lost your mind Jen!" My DFs, you are right, I lost my mind a long time ago. This time I'm talking about the baby fat. After seeing myself in the last few posts, I knew it was time to reclaim my body. "How?" you ask. Well, the doctors were right - diet and exercise.

HOWEVER, I do have a few tools that I am finding super useful. The biggest is the food and fitness planner on WebMD. It is like Weight Watchers online, only I find it so much more useful and it is FREE to boot! Every morning, I log into my account and type in the foods I am going to eat that day. Their program counts the calories so that it is easy to configure a menu for the day that meets the caloric needs I have. Then I have a plan for the day - this has been key for me. It takes about 10 minutes. (Click on the title of this post to go to WebMD.)

I also log in my exercise for the day. I don't like how they make you count every little activity you do, but in some ways it makes doing the laundry feel more productive when you know you are burning 100 calories.

Another thing with the exercise is that I am doing it EVERYDAY. I started with the goal of getting out of bed. It has been a month now, and it has gotten so much easier! DD1 and I love spending the time together and are getting stronger. I like exercising first thing in the morning. Then it is just a distant memory for the rest of the day instead of doing it at night and dreading it all day.

I'd love to have you along for the ride. If you are interested, comment to this post. Maybe can can report our weight loss on a weekly basis. (Our own little Weight Watchers group). We won't say WHAT we weigh, just how much we've lost for the week. Let's see how many pounds we can lose together! I've already lost 4!!


  1. I wish I was losing it too! I think I'm the opposite of that, but I need to get back to running again (and getting my kids to nap better so I can!) But I do LOVE WebMD's weight loss stuff, especially the calorie counter. It really is amazing to see what we really eat, but I wish you could save it (at least you couldn't back when I was playing around with calories a day and things). I don't know if I'll be posting if I've lost weight or not, but I'm definitely going to be working on losing inches! ;) Good luck Jennie!

  2. I have a great app on my phone that keeps me in line. Still, getting motivated when I'd rather sleep...there's the rub.

  3. Ellen - I hear you. That is why I had to get something that was more motivating to me than staying in bed. When that alarm buzzes across the room I can't stand it, and I am forced to get up. But I agree, it is SO hard!

    Devon- I checked out WebMD and it looks like it is saving my past menus/workouts. It is also nice because it can also analyze what you're eating to make sure that you are getting a balanced diet.

  4. I love this site. Thanks for sharing. It really helps you realize how much is ACTUALLY going in and out (or hopefully off). Another good site is - it saves and analyzes your food intake so you can see your intake with the MyPyramid recommendations.

  5. Sara, thanks for the info on the other site. I looked at it before briefly, but didn't see the functions you are talking about. I need to check it out again!

  6. off to check the site. Once I do my weigh in on 4/30 I will check in with you and let you know my progess...