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Lose It!

Lose It! is an iPad app that my husband and I each downloaded around the middle of April. It was becoming a little too obvious that I had more than a few pounds to lose and even my husband, who has been thin and active, had gotten to the point where he had a few to lose. He’s always been a runner and in good shape, but he wanted to get that “youthful” bounce back into his running steps.

Lose It! is simple to use. It’s basically a calorie counter. You enter your current weight, your goal weight, and it calculates the number of calories needed daily  to begin your weight loss journey. Every day you enter everything you eat and it calculates the calories for you. You can also earn extra calories through exercise. Since we both love our iPads and they’re always with us, it would be easy to enter our food consumption daily.

My husband had never read food labels in the past and was surprised to find out the caloric content of foods that he thought were healthy. He assumed that most any soup or salad was healthy, but that certainly is not true. The majority of chain restaurant entree salads are extremely high in calories. Another surprise to him was portion control. Seriously, 8 crackers is a serving? He had a lot to learn and I needed the accountability. Together we were armed and ready!

Let the journey begin!! We decided that with a limited # of calories per day that we needed to make those calories count (or not count). Our plan was to try to eat low carb, less sweets and a generally healthier diet consisting of mainly lean proteins (including lots of fish and chicken), some whole grains and a lot of fresh fruit and vegies.

I recently saw this on Pinterest and it is so true.

Life has gotten too “prepackaged.” Everything now is all about the convenience and cooking is not what it used to be. Think back just a generation or two, when families ate homemade dinners together every night. Very few prepackaged and frozen foods were available. Grocery items were bought fresh and  sauces, soups and dressings were homemade. Cakes and cookies were baked from scratch.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a health food nut by any means, and I understand the busy-ness of todays families, but I just think we need to get back to the basics a little.

Sorry, I think I got onto a whole other post, back to our dieting. What I was trying to get at is that we are eating simpler, more “back to the basics” foods. We want our calories to be smart calories.

I’ve always been a menu planner and shopped from a list and it’s more important now than ever to stick to that list. I don’t want to be tempted to get items that we don’t want or need to be eating. And I won’t go to the grocery store hungry, because I know exactly how good that Snickers bar would taste on the way home.

I’d say that we’re following the diet “realistically,” which has made it a bit of a slow process for us, but we’ve also enjoyed some traveling and dining out with family and friends. You just can’t help but lose a bit of the control when you’re not the one cooking the food, but we’re still trying to make healthy smart choices.

Time magazine had a nutrition issue out this month and there was an article in there by Dr. Oz. I am certainly no expert on health or nutrition and don’t want to get into taking sides on “this diet” vs “that diet” but I loved the last paragraph of his article.

“No one pretends that achieving and maintaining an ideal weight is an easy thing to do, but the list of rules to get you there is non-the-less simple: Eat in moderation; choose foods that look like they did when they came out of the ground (remember there are no marshmallow trees); be an omnivore (there are multiple food groups for a reason); and get some exercise. Human beings are the only species in the world that has figured out how to be in complete control of its own food supply. The challenge now is to make sure the food doesn’t take control of us.”

Whoa, way to go Dr. Oz, sounds like getting “back to the basics” to me!

And in case you’re wondering….

After about 4 months, we’re down a combined 45 pounds! My husband has lost 25 and looks and feels great! See this post about the Pier to Peak race that he just completed. I’m down about 20 (still have a few to go), but can already see and feel the difference! I’m already wearing a size smaller and have warned my husband of the shopping spree to come after my next 10 pounds!

  • Kari - September 9, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Way to go Renee and Ken! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to give the app a try. I am loving the new blog set up and the variety of topics!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Recla - September 9, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Great advice Renee! I know I need to change my family’s eating and sticking with the basics is a good place to start. Congrats on the weight loss and keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - September 9, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the blog…it gives me a push to take better control of my food choices! HugsReplyCancel

  • Carri Mullins - September 10, 2011 - 6:56 am

    I really need to do this. I don’t necessarily need to lose any weight, but I DO need to get HEALTHY. I may be thin, but I am in no way in shape. Actually, as I am writing this, I am having sharp pains in my chest that cause me to have to breathe very shallow breaths. This has been a more common occurrence in the past week or so. I suppose I need to go to the doctor, so that they can tell me that my insurance doesn’t cover the testing that they need to do to figure out what’s going on. Ugh. So frustrating. Anyway, sorry to get a bit off topic. I do need to get healthy, and will definitely be downloading this app on my iPad. :)ReplyCancel

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