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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Overwhelmed But Trying

Do you ever feel overwhelmed?  I have been feeling so overwhelmed that I just don't even know where to begin to lose weight.  I know that common sense says eat right and exercise but it just
doesn't seem as easy as that.  There are so many diets out there.  You get on facebook and it seems like everyone is wanting you to try their fad diet.  And it works for them too.  They've got their before and after pictures to prove it.  You've got Weight Watchers (which I have done several times and lost weight with but then turn around and gain it back), you got Beach Body, Visalus, etc.  You name it, it's out there.  I even saw a news article about the new OMG diet.  An Author has actually written a book that is aimed towards teens showing them how they can be "skinnier" than their friends.  I have not read this book but what I saw was that it promotes skipping breakfast.  At any rate, the ones that I mentioned above can get very costly.  And as a wife and mother of two, how can anyone afford to buy into the shakes and videos that is required for some of those plans.  And yes, I know, people will say "how can you afford not to?  It's your health".  So, I guess I have to ask myself, why is it so overwhelming?  Can't I just eat normal food, exercise and lose weight without having to pay someone to help me keep accountable?  I am a firm believer in counting calories.  Especially in today's society where serving sizes are outrageous.  For example, we went out to breakfast for Fathers Day.  Both of my daughters, who are 8 and 10, ordered chocolate milk.  The waitress brought both of them out a 16 ounce foam cup of chocolate milk.  16 OUNCES!  I about died.  I asked the waitress to take it back and split it and put it in the small water glasses that they provide.  There would have been no way my daughters would have ate breakfast if they have guzzled down all of that chocolate milk.  We are in a society where bigger and more is better.  So, I do believe in counting calories.  I just don't want to pay as little as 19.00 a month to do it.  I have use My Fitness Pal in the past but not faithfully, but I think this is where I'm headed.  They have a great online support group, a free phone app for when I'm on the go and the site layout is similar to Weight Watchers, as far as the calorie counting and community goes.    Also, I would absolutely love to join a gym, but I live in a very rural area.  I would have to drive at least 40 miles one way to go to a gym, so I am going to figure out a way to make a gym at home.  This, I think, will be the easy part.  So, please bare with me as I get started, once again, on a journey to better health.  It may not be pretty, but at least I will be trying. 



  1. and trying
    each day
    as much as you can



  2. I've used My Fitness Pal faithfully since last November--I mean faithfully, entering in my 3000 calorie days as well as my 1200 calorie days. I've lost 46 pounds (and I'm 55 years old.) My exercise is walking. I didn't eliminate any food groups; I still eat Snickers; I just log all my food. Simple but not easy. You can do this!