Breaking all the rules. I have spent the last 2 years trying to lose weight. 2 YEARS. That is a long time. It is even longer when you try different methods to make it happen.
I tried weight watchers and it worked for 2 weeks. I was terrible at figuring out points and I wasn’t sure if I was under eating or over eating, but after I lost those first 4 pounds nothing else happened.
Next I tried HIIT which was fantastic–except running sprints did horrible damage to my knee. I had to stop 3 weeks after I started.
Jamie Eason was fun until I realized that I needed 90 minutes to workout everyday. That is impossible with my schedule, and although I wasn’t looking to lose weight, I didn’t see the radical changes I was looking for.
Counting Calories. It’s how I lost 42lbs after my first born.
I’m even breaking all kinds of rules. I have eaten after 8pm (gasp) I have eaten white bread (gasp) I even had soda on my Tampa trip. But wait there is more: I’ve eaten white rice, white sugar, and juice. Yet I am actually at my lowest postpartum weight. Obviously I’m not having or doing all of these things daily. I just list these things to show that I am not depriving myself. I just have a couple rules that have been working.
What have I been doing?
1200 cals on non workout days (I still struggle with this so I make sure I workout somehow for more leniency)
1400-1600 calories on workout days (I like these days) I’ve logged into My Fitness Pal every single day for 30+ days! I log in even when I don’t want to face what I have eaten!
I make sure I burn a minimum of 400 cals at every workout session–Measured by Polar HRM *not machine data* I am not counting fat, carbs, sugars, sodium etc. I will, eventually, just call me a rebel.
This is what works for me and it’s working really well, in the past week I’ve lost 1.7 pounds and counting.
Everyday I drop in small increments–.3 here, .2 there but it adds up! Besides I am so used to seeing my weight drop then rise, seeing a consistent drop is such a good feeling.
Just to be clear on Saturday I blew my calories out the water (it was pretty ugly) in Tampa, but yet I had a loss Monday morning. I’m breaking all the rules and it’s working!
I will continue to do this until my body requires something else but until then I will count every calorie!