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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Seven Pounds

I had my second Weight Watchers weigh-in this morning. I’m down 7.2 lbs. in two weeks!! My goal for this week is to lose two more so I can get my 5% keychain next Saturday. I’m liking the WW points system a lot more than I expected to. I like math. And charts. And statistics. The only way I’ve ever been able to lose weight is if I keep track of everything I eat and use a website like <a href=”http://www.fitday.com">Fit Day</a> to keep track of everything. I love seeing my daily statistics and graphs! WW has a great tracker on their website for points, weight and measurements, activity, and even recipes. I can input all the ingredients and the amount of servings, and it’ll figure out the points for me. I just wish it also gave me the nutritional information too. I’m also keeping track of everything on my phone with an app called Lean Me, but it doesn’t use points. It’s nice to be able to see the actual amount of calories I’m eating.

One thing that does bother me about the points is the calories. Since I’m so heavy, I got 26 points for the day (25 now that I’m in the 170s!). Well, I’m coming in at 1,100-1,200 calories total. Everything I’ve read says not to go under 1200 calories in order to lose weight, so I end up using a bonus point or two on the days I’m under. How few calories are thinner (or older) people eating?! The meeting leader mentioned she only gets 18 points for a day.  I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

On the exercise front, I can’t believe how much faster I’ve gotten since I started running a month ago! When I started, I could barely run a minute or two. I was at about a 15-minute mile. Now, I run the entire way, typically 35-45 minutes, at 12:45-minute miles. Losing weight will only make me faster because I won’t be carrying around so much bulk.

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