Last January I became the proud new papa of twin boys. But I was also pushing 182 pounds, a 26.9 BMI, and 25% body fat. It was time to make some changes.
I had lost weight before, but my motivation this time was very different. This was about getting and staying healthy for the sake of my new family.
I had to do two things for this to work.
Correct the fundamental problem.
This was simple to identify and correct. I was eating like a jerk. Entire pizzas, burritos, cakes, chips, cookies, sodas, no fruit, no vegetables. You get the picture.
Solution: stop eating like a jerk, and start eating a well-balanced diet.
Create a system to manage and sustain weight loss.
This was the far more challenging (and interesting) part. How would I know if the changes to my diet were working?
I needed data every day. I created a system around this idea.
- Track my food with MyFitnessPal. Most importantly I would track every calorie input and output. Calories expended must always exceed calories taken in, period.
- Track my physical activity with a Fitbit. If I was being lazy, I would get moving. If I was being active, I could treat myself to a donut. (This may sound silly, but an occasional treat was crucial to staying motivated.)
- Track my weight with a Withings wifi scale. Did my food and activity choices show positive progress in my weight loss? The ability to adjust daily was absolutely crucial. I could immediately see what foods and levels of activity worked well.
I'm now at a healthy weight and BMI, have great cholesterol and blood pressure readings, and most importantly, feel great every day.