Warning: If you don’t like diets or iPhones, STOP NOW. Don’t read any further.
Since my iPhone is pretty much my best friend, I decided to look for a diet and exercise app we could do together. I found a free app, LOSE-IT! http://www.loseit.com/ .
When I entered some vital stats and set a goal of 5 pounds over 5 weeks, it told me I could eat only 1100 calories per day (YIKES!) unless I got exercise. An hour of moderate walking would give me another 136 calories; an hour of gardening, 177.
For about 12 weeks, every day I tracked my weight, all my food intake, and all my exercise. The first couple of days, I’d use up my allowance by lunch time, but I soon got the hang of better planning. It was very easy and kind of fun. I think maybe my husband got a LITTLE tired of my announcing hourly exactly how many more calories I could eat. Once 5 pounds were gone I added another 5 pounds to my goal. After about 10 weeks I passed 10 pounds, and decided to stop there.
Now, I am normally counting, but if I have been naughty for a period, I’ll pull out the phone to monitor things for a few days. It is odd how “safe” I feel on days I track calories – I feel protected from the wild abandon that is always tempting me.
This diet app suited me perfectly, and shopping for clothes is MUCH more fun now.