On July 1st a good friend of mine, who had lost some weight, told me about My Fitness Pal. It's a site where you keep track of your calories and your exercise. And it's free! I started using it the next day and in one month have lost 7 lbs! When you first sign up, you put your goals in and it calculates how many calories you should have each day. By keeping to that number, you will lose weight.
I also added exercise to my routine. I joined our neighborhood pool and go when I can. Although this summer it has really been rainy. I do something called "water jogging". Basically I am running and/or walking around the pool and, believe me, it is hard! But my feet and ankles are really weak and this has been a way for me to exercise and not put a lot of pressure on my joints. Plus it's a lot less sweatier!
Counting calories and watching portion sizes has really been great for me. It was hard at first but now I'm used to it. I knew that I needed something that was not a big change from what I've been doing but a slow, gradual change that I could incorporate into my daily routine.
I also purchased a Fit Bit Zip. It's a little device that I wear all day long that counts my steps. When I first started wearing it, I only logged in 1000 steps. Ugh; what a slug! Now I am between 3000 and 4000 but am working on the goal of 5000 a day. This little device has been a great motivation for me as I'm always trying to add a little more. I park far away to add more steps, etc. One of my friends has it and she has challenged me each day. She does 10,000 steps each day. I am nowhere near that but I hope to be someday. Frankly, I'm not into a competition like that but is fun to see how much I do each day. My competition is with myself.
Why after all this time am I getting in shape? I guess I just got tired of being tired all the time. I also have two events that I would like to look nice for. One is my nephew's reception in September and the other is our church's ladies' retreat in October at the beach. I want to be able to walk along the beach w/o huffing and puffing!!
Lord willing, I will keep up to date here with my progress. There's a button on the right-hand side that lets you know how I'm doing!!