A pound apparently equals 3500 calories, so my logic says, burn 500 calories a day, lose a pound a week. Eat better every day, shaving those surplus calories, lose another pound a week. I've only been in this serious mode since last Thursday, and I'm already over 2 pounds lighter on the scale. (YIPPEE!)
To keep track, I printed a little calendar from MS Word
and EVERY morning I get on the scale and write my weight at the top of that day's square. I think it's good for me to see how much weight fluctuates every day. I don't panic as much this way, seeing it all written out. As long as the average is continuing to drop, we're all good.
After I go to the gym, I write the total calories the machine told me I've burned. I don't stop until I'm over 500. Netflix Instant for iPhone is a LIFESAVER. I warm up to music for a few minutes, then watch an episode of Bones, my current obsession, and when it's over, I'm done! Then I alternate days of arm machines and leg machines, so under my calories I write what else I worked on. So far, Sunday has been my rest day (after three days of pushing myself, my body was ready for a break).
As far as eating, I've been loading up on fruits, veggies, and fresh meats. I also make sure I have some carbs and protein in me before a workout (or I get shaky and wimpy).
So that's my current K-Rae method! I hope I can inspire more of you to work toward your goal (and keep it up myself!). All of my workout buddies are virtual (a friend makes me email them a picture of my calendar every day, and harasses me if I don't send it!), which I think is kind of funny, but it's better than having NO one to hold me accountable.
If anyone is interested, I was thinking about doing a weekly blog post/check-in where we can share our goal woes and triumphs. Encourage each other. Positive reinforcement! I know I need it... because I'm needy. haha.
On that note, off to the gym!!