February 26, 2010


This morning I woke up and got on the scale. WAHOOO!!!!!! PROGRESS….I dropped into the 120’s. 129.5lbs to be exact. I saw a “2″ instead of a “3″.

Last Sunday, I was with my “Weight Loss” friends eating dinner and someone pulled up a website that I hadn’t visited before, Livestrong.com - The Daily Plate. A weight loss questionnaire popped up and asked the following:

  • How much weight do you want to lose a week? ANSWER: 1.5 pounds
  • How tall are you? ANSWER: 5 feet 2.5 inches
  • How much do you weigh? ANSWER: 132
  • Daily Activity Level? ANSWER: Moderate

Based on those answers I am supposed to eat 1344 calories a day to lose 1.5 pounds a week. If you want to increase the calorie count, you need to exercise. The program lets you play around with all types of variables including exercise type and time and showed how those activities would increase calorie allowances.

Here is the best part! You can then use the Livestrong.com - The Daily Plate website as a food and exercise diary (which I have) to track every single second of exercise and every single morsel of food. For the past 5 days, here is what I have learned:

  • I had no idea how much I was adding to my calorie count by taking a bite here and a bite there. I am an overeater. Never thought so, but I am. When I stopped taking those extra bites, my calories goals didn’t seem too difficult.
  • The more I exercised, the more I could eat! CAN I GET A HALLELUJAH???? I have walked 12 miles since Sunday and fit in a few exercise DVR’s with weights. I am amazed at how much more motivated I became when I connected…walk….eat more….walk…..eat more.
  • I still had enough calories left over at the end of the day to have a glass of wine by not taking all of the extra bites of food throughout the day. Now seriously, this weight loss thing isn’t turning out to be that bad.
  • Writing it down DOES, I repeat, DOES make a difference. I really don’t want to type in “sleeve of chips ahoy” followed by hitting the button that says “I ATE THIS”.
  • Having a date with someone to work out at 5:45am doesn’t allow for excuses. I mean there is no way I would not show up knowing my friend was also up at 5:30 waiting for me.

Some of you may be rolling your eyes, or thinking, “DUH, pick up any magazine or book and they will tell you the same stuff. Yes, yes, I know. But boy did it feel good this morning. Good to see that number on the scale. Good to go downstairs and jump up and down with excitement with Hubby. Good to fit into a pair of pants that I haven’t fit into for a year without a “muffin top” spill over. Good to know that I do have control to do this thing right!


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Comments (4)

Valerie said:

Yeah for you Shawn! What a wonderful feeling!!!

As I am expecting Baby #3 in August, my scale has been moving in the wrong direction (or suppose the right direction depending on one’s point of view!), but I have been very conscientious of what I’ve been putting in my mouth.

At 40, it’s going to be much harder to take off the baby weight than in years passed, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity to mother a newborn one more time that I’m just rolling with it all!

Best of luck on your continued success,


P.S. Hang in there…the snow’s gotta melt sometime before summer!

Diane D\\\'Ambrosio said:

Yeah Shawn! When I saw the title of your article, I knew what it had to be in reference to before I even read it! Good for you! It also made me put down the m n’ m’s that I was about to shovel into my mouth. Talk about intervention…whew! That was close. Keep up the good work. I may just have to go take a walk.

Meg said:

Echoing the above sentiments… YEAH SHAWN!!! Way to go, I’m truly happy for you!

(But when I saw the title of your post I thought you were missing a few letters… thought it was going to say “Elevation”!)

Jen@thecottagenest said:

That’s so great! I’m going to go check out that site right now. Keep up the great work.

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