Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What to do when the pants get tight...

Last November, as the weather turned cold and I started wearing my jeans and corduroy pants, I started noticing an alarming trend. . . they were tight!  As every woman does in these types of situations, I blamed the dryer on shrinking my pants and made sure to air dry them the next laundry day.  The results?  Yep, still tight.  Was I gaining weight?  The scale at the gym seemed to think so . . . but those always weigh "heavy" don't they?  After a few weeks of denial, I finally decided that it was time for me to face reality and get a handle on what was going on.

I decided to measure and calculate calories for everything I was eating and started keeping a journal.  If you've never done this before, it can be quite a shock.  I was able to see all of the areas that I was loading on the calories without realizing it and decided to take action to drop a few pounds. 

My plan consisted of something I had heard Jillian Michaels recommend. . . eat strictly 2 days, moderately 2-3 days and whatever you want the last 2 days.  Now I didn't eliminate all carbs or sugar, nor did I measure fat, fiber, etc.  I simply counted my calories, allowing myself just 1000 calories the first two days, 1200 calories the next 2-3 days and then didn't count at all on the weekends.  I continued my regular exercise regime but opted for 20 minutes on the eliptical instead of lunges and the rest of my leg workout.  The result?  No more tight pants, even when they accidentally get thrown in the dryer.

So if any of you made goals or resolutions this year regarding your weight and aren't sure how to go about attaining those goals, perhaps this plan will work for you!  There are some great applications out there to help you track your calories.   One that I downloaded to my smartphone is called "My Fitness Pal".  It's really simple to use and even charts a course for you to lose the weight you want in the timeframe you want. 

In the forth coming blogs, I will share some WONDERFUL low calorie snacks that are much more satisfying than nibbling on carrots and celery.  
Stay tuned!

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