If you’re like me you’re always on a diet, always wanting to get healthier or fit in a smaller size. OK, I need to go down more than 1 size but I’m working on it. One problem I’m having right now are the holidays. First there was Thanksgiving and once I overdid it that day the pigging out lasted about a week or just in time for the Christmas goodies to start coming out with the chocolate Santa’s, eggnog, Christmas cookies and then the breads and cakes. I kept telling myself I was going to STOP eating everything in sight but once you start it’s so darn hard. That’s why I’m glad Christmas is over. Now I just have to make it past New Years.
As Don said the other day “New Year, New Beginning”. The good thing for us is we have no special plans for New Years Eve so we actually started getting out act together this week. If you’ve been following my weight loss journey you’ve probably noticed I’ve been trying to lose weight since October 2011 and I’ve lost around 20 lbs. Don’s lost over 70 but we’re not going to talk about that.
One thing that’s helping us is planning meals ahead of time. Since we count calories I decide what I’m fixing for dinner early in the day and then we can both plan the rest of our meals and snacks around that. If we want a piece of chocolate it’s fine as long as we have room in the calorie count for it. If we don’t then maybe some sugar free chocolate pudding is in order.
Another thing that works and we need to get back to is exercising. It’s true, exercise can burn calories and I did notice an increase in weight loss when we did exercise. We don’t go overboard and pump iron every day and my knees won’t allow me to run so we do a bit of cardio on the bike then use some machines at the gym.
I want to do this myself without fad diets or any other “lose weight quick” plan so I was hesitant when I was asked to sign up for Let’sFightHolidayFat, a website set up by alli to help with your weight loss plan. Registration to Let’sFightHolidayFat is free but they have a wealth of information and tools at your fingertips. You can find recipes, exercises, keep an online journal and log of your progress. This information you can keep private or make it public. You can even create photo albums and upload photos which you can make private or share with friends or everyone.
When I inputted my height, current weight and goal weight it told me what my daily calorie intake should be. I also got my BMI and I can assure you I’m not where I should be. From here I had choices in the type of exercises I wanted to do and meal plan. There are 3 exercise programs you can choose from but you can change your selection at any time. I picked Yoga/Pilates and they have an easy to follow online video to guide you through the routines. For meal planning you can choose the Fight Fat Recipes or Fight Fat Vegetarian recipes. I started looking in to these two popular diet comparison and have been trying to decide which one I should do.
My Monthly Schedule:
LetsFightHolidayFat.com combines three core elements for the weight conscious during the holidays: diet, physical activity and motivation in an easy-to-use interface. It helps track goals and prepare for long-term success with features including:
- Follow-along fitness videos; from cross training to yoga/pilates
- Healthy (reduced calorie, low-fat) daily meal suggestions and recipes
- Custom calorie and activity tracking
- Community and social features and forums
- Smart phone accessibility
- Expert tips and tricks
Once everything is done you can view your schedule which has your exercises for each day filled in as well as
We all know that weight loss works better when we have support so there’s an online community as well.
I just checked and the recipe for today is Guilt Free Eggnog at 90 calories. I think I can get use to this type of dieting.
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