Monday, January 9, 2012

To Get Where I'm Going...

I want to share a little bit of what I've been doing to get where I am now and to where I'm going on my journey to health....

The biggest thing that I do is counting my calories. I use My Fitness Pal to keep track of everything and I love it! I have it bookmarked on my computer, on my iPod touch, and on my phone!! I am constantly looking up the nutritional values of food when I go out to eat and at home. You'd be surprised at how many calories and fat are in a simple burger and fries! I also look at the sodium values due to my blood pressure. Keeping track of all this really keeps my food consumption, including snacks, in check. I can also keep track of my exercise on MFP as well. There is a database of exercises that you can choose from or you can enter your own based on whatever method you use (machine, iPod, website, etc) -- the same goes with foods too. You set up a profile and it will help you figure out your fitness and nutritional goals and your "diet" profile. There is a huge community of people that you can interact with, join groups that interest you, talk in forums about ideas, goals, and issues -- it's a great support tool!

My other two keys to success are my accountability partners and my walking/workout buddies -- Jessica and Leah. Without their support, there is no way I would be as successful. When you go for a goal by yourself, you see all the ways you can't do it -- you see the BIG forest that you don't think you'll ever be able to get through. But when you have someone behind you, beside you, pushing you, encouraging you -- you can begin to see the forest tree for tree and realize that you just have to make it from one to another. And once you make it so far, you look behind you and see all the trees that you've passed along the way and realize it wasn't so bad after all! So I encourage you, if you're going on a weight loss journey -- take someone with you! You don't necessarily have to have the same goals, but you can push each other toward them! If you can't find anybody, let me know -- I'll be GLAD to help you and be an accountability partner!



You are truly amazing and a great inspiration! I will continue to follow your blog, if it is okay with you, I will link to your blog. I am truly inspired. thank you for sharing this.

I AM A CHRISTIAN. I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, & mind. God has really blessed me more than I could ever imagine, but the truth is that Satan HATES me!! I face struggles & temptation every single day of my life; but no matter what happens, I still strive to do the will of God. Because I put my faith & trust in God, He has provided relief for me & my family time & time again! God never fails to comfort & remind me of His promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). There have been countless times that I did not deserve God’s grace & should not have been granted mercy. But He has granted me mercy & forgiveness, as well as goodness & grace -- all for the purpose of sharing it with those I meet along the path of life. Some days are better than others, but you always have to remember to keep pressing on! Keep praising HIM & He’ll never fail to bring you through the storm.