I am stoked, now! My favorite fitness website, Daily Burn, chronicled my weight loss success story on their blog. I lost over 50 pounds. Daily Burn writes about my up-and-down dieting bouts. Until I saw it in writing, I didn’t realize how many different diets I’d tried.
The author, Alex Orlov, mentions my battle with agoraphobia and how that hindered my fitness goals. She mentions some of my tips. However, I want to detail better some of the tools that helped me to set those goals and reach them.
Get on Track to Weight Loss Success
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ― Yogi Berra
Before you can reach your goals, you have to make them. Then, you must monitor your progress. If you don’t evaluate your actions, how do you know how if you are progressing?
I love MyFitnessPal.com. While they do offer a paid version, I found it wasn’t worth the investment when I took their free trial. MyFitnessPal’s free version includes both the website and app access.
Tracking your exercise and food intake with MyFitnessPal is easy. It syncs with several major fitness trackers and imports your calorie burn to your daily values. At a glance, I know how many calories I’ve eaten, burned, and what nutrients I am missing.
MyFitnessPal analyzes your recipes’ nutritional content, as well. You can import your favorite recipes from several cooking websites or enter them manually. I derive all the nutritional data I list on the recipes I’ve posted from MyFitnessPal.
The app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, includes a bar-code scanner. Just scan the item you ate and quickly add it to your food diary. If you eat at restaurants, “check-in” and access the menus of many restaurants, taking the guesswork out of restaurant meal nutrition.
MyFitnessPal includes optional social features. You can support your online friends. Add me to your friend’s list so we can help each other.
Plan Your Meals
“Nearly everyone wants as least one outstanding meal a day.” ― Duncan Hines
I used to hate cooking, mainly because I have inadequate meal planning skills. I had a few recipes in my repertoire, but even stand-by favorites become tiresome. I love trying new foods, but when I try creating meal plans, the meals rarely share enough common ingredients, and I end up with food waste.
Most of the time, I’d just get frustrated. I’d have a whole freezer and pantry full of overly processed, dull food.
The fix: I stock my fridge and pantry with healthy snacks, fruits, whole grain cereals, and nuts for easy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.
And, I subscribed to CookSmarts, a low-cost meal planning service. Every week, I receive complete meal plans with recipes, shopping lists, and weekend prep tips. You can choose original, gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian versions of each recipe. I like to mix and match.
Developed for fast, healthy, weeknight meals, most CookSmarts recipes require 30 minutes or fewer to prepare. The never-boring recipes have our family trying things that normally aren’t on our radar. I’ve learned how to cook fennel!
The meals work in tandem using leftover ingredients in later meals. Sometimes, you make a double batch of sauce for use in a second recipe in the week. We’ve noticed a dramatic reduction in food waste.
Every recipe includes basic preparation instructions, right down to videos on how to slice a carrot! I think it’s a great site for the novice to intermediate home cook. Try CookSmarts free (no credit card needed) and get three meal plans.
Move Your Body
“Dancing every night enhances a positive energy.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita,
I began using Daily Burn in January 2015. Do you want to break out of your fitness rut? Daily Burn does that. They have 20 different complete programs featuring 100’s of individual workouts in multitudes of difficulty. They also offer Beautiful Belly, a fitness program designed for pregnant woman.
Daily Burn offers everything from basic kickboxing, yoga, dancing, HIIT, Tabata, pilates, and more. My best-liked Daily Burn program is DB365. Every day, you get a brand new workout with a new trainer. None of the DB365 workouts require equipment, and all of them are just 30 minutes.
DB365 features excellent trainers, but the class participants are just ordinary people with varying degrees of fitness levels. I love that they show you exercise modifications if a particular move isn’t right for you, as well.
It’s cheaper than a gym membership (and you don’t have to worry about someone turning you into an internet meme). You can try it free for one month. If you sign up for a free month, I get a free month, too. However, I love this program and have been using it religiously for over a year.
So, do you have any weight loss success tips you want to share?
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