I'm well on my way to getting the body that I want and the healthier lifestyle that I deserve. When I programmed my goals in the My Fitness Pal App, it placed me on a 1400 calorie/day plan. This way I can monitor what I eat and how many calories I take in and how many calories I burn during any given cardio activity. It's a tedious job having to enter all that information each time but once an original meal or food is entered, it will automatically pop up if I have to enter it again.
At the rate of this program I'm targeted to lose 2 pounds per week and then accompanied with cardio exercise that'll probably add an extra pound per week. Now, as I said, my priority is not on weight loss, it's about physical fitness so while counting pounds isn't the focus, it is an integral part of my show in progress at this time. As I build lean muscle, the weight loss will slow because as we already know, muscle weighs more than fat.
It's been 3 weeks since I've started the challenge and I've dropped 6 pounds so far. My brother and sis-in-law came by over the weekend and they both noted that I've noticeably lost weight--how about that for a mood booster! Although yesterday, I did eat 3 iced oatmeal cookies and it probably cost me that 6th pound but it sure was good going down! *smile*
Also what I'm not doing is dieting. I'm still eating what I want but sensibly by keeping my sugar and carb intake lower than usual. This means cutting back on the cookies (not usually a problem until a week before "that time of the month") and leaving out the breads and pasta (my weakness) at times when it's possible.
I didn't take pics of most of my meals but here are a few that I took with my phone whenever it crossed my mind.
|BBQ Chicken with Brown Rice and Mixed Veggies|
|Small Salad and Tomato Soup|
|Wheat Tortilla with Turkey Breast, Spinach, Romaine, Red peppers & Tomato|
|Veggie Stirfry with rice and Chicken Teriyaki|
|This was Chief's plate by the way, I only had one piece of fish, no rice and more veggies. Same amount of shrimp though :-)|
Also, I'll update you on how my back looks tonight...I forgot to take the pic yesterday.