I set this blog up about 6 months ago, patted myself on the back for successfully navigating the WordPress site and promptly forgot to add content. A lot has happened since last May, I won’t bore you with details, but I figured if I was going to have a blog I should actually write something.
My latest project, or as my husband refers to it, obsession, has been trying to take off a few pounds. Here is what I have learned about myself, I don’t like dieting, not truly fond of exercise either, but sincerely don’t like dieting. Now I know this sounds like a fairly obvious observation, but I am usually a pretty adaptable person and this is a bit of a revelation for me.
Over the holidays I noticed that my pants were a bit tight and my middle was a little squishier than one might enjoy, so I decided to take charge. Also, I was teaching a yoga class and caught a glimpse of my reflection in chair pose and wondered what those lumps were on the side of my thighs. So, I read several diet/lifestyle change books, including Dr. Oz et al’s You on a Diet and undertook to drop anywhere from 12- 15 pounds. I tend to have a “can do” attitude so such undertakings are not unusual in my life.
Well, the first thing I learned is that it takes a caloric deficit of 3,500 to lose 1 pound. Let that sink in a minute, 3,500 calories less than your daily allotment to lose 1 pound, Fair? I think not. A little quick math tells me I have to create a deficit of 42,000-52,500 to reach my goal. Now I am daunted (and inexplicable hungry).
In my reading, I found reference to this app for my iPhone called Lose it! (the exclamation point is actually in the title, love the energy folks) This little dandy does the math for you and will track your food and exercise, well it will if you input all of your activities and whatever you put in your mouth.
In addition to Lose It! I received a Striiv pedometer for Christmas. This little gem is addictive. Striiv is more than a pedometer it is your non-judgmental best friend. It creates little challenges for you, like walk 100 steps in the next 5 minutes. Which is a nice way of saying, hey leadbottom, we noticed you haven’t moved in the last hour or so, how about a little stroll. No judgment.
One of the features of Striiv is that you get to build your own little island, complete with flora, fauna and exotic outbuildings like fountains of youth, magician’s fire and warrior poet statue (you know, the regular stuff). To purchase the plants and buildings you earn coins and then to build or grow them, you get energy points through your challenges and activities. Sort of like Farmville or Smurf Village, but with exercise.
My family has questioned my sanity numerous times as I circle the couch while watching TV. They don’t understand, my village needs me, that mermaid topiary is not going to build itself!
So anyways, I am firmly entrenched in my better living through technology project. I am 10 pounds down, but have not gained any ground on my goal in almost 2 weeks. Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going use my alloted digital space in the virtual world to chronicle my quest, so please feel free to check in whenever you want to feel good about yourself and see how I am doing.