Sunday, January 31, 2010

Technology Sucks Sometimes

My laptop is being a real pain in the booty. Freezing, taking forever to load, etc... It's been on it's last legs for a while, so I shouldn't be surprised.

Anyway, I did some more alternative exercise today. =) It's way more fun than working out. My husband and I took the kids to the park. I don't know how far it is; probably a mile or so. I rode my Razor scooter there and jogged back, so that was good. The kids rode their bikes and my 2 year old rode on his dad's shoulders. ;-) Fun for all. :-D

I swapped babysitting with my mom (and on Friday watched her kids, as well as Michelle's) and it was super nice to be out there. I wish so bad I knew how many calories I had burned.

So, if you have a BodyBugg, why did you choose that over some of the alternatives? Or do you have an alternative to the Bugg? The BB seems really expensive; we don't have that kind of money. I'm wondering if I can find something cheaper on eBay or craigslist or something. It's a luxury at this point, but it would be so nice to know how many calories I'm burning. Which leads me to my next point...

It seems that, for me at least, calories in minus calories out does not necessarily equal weight loss. I figured if I ate below my allotted calories-- calories that were designated to help me lose 2 pounds a week-- then I could basically eat whatever I wanted. If I wanted to use all my calories on pizza and chocolate, I could. But, when I've been eating whatever fits my fancy and isn't low calorie and low fat, I don't lose. Even if I stay within my calorie limit.

This is very disheartening for me. It makes dieting so much more unbearable for me. I don't like salads by nature. I can eat them a couple times a week, but even then I don't really enjoy them by the end of the week. I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do. I'm not making any huge changes until after I see the doctor and get my hormones back in the right place. Cuz now that I think about it, I DID lose those first 3 weeks.

So, we'll see. I really want to lose this weight, but I don't want to go crazy or overboard in the process. Plus, I just generally lack self will to eat only salad and chicken for the next however many weeks/months to get to my goal weight. I can't do that.

Anyhoooooo, that's all from me tonight. I'll weigh in again tomorrow, but I expect it to be the same as Friday, which brings me to a total of 6 pounds lost for the month of January. =)


  1. Bodybugg is made by BodyMedia and licenses its technology to 24hour fitness for the Bodybugg, to another company I can't quite remember and they market it themselves. All are pretty pricey and the cost doesn't end there since you need a web subscription for it to work.

    It is a luxury item, that I do utilize, but a luxury nonetheless. You can mimic the capability through sparkpeople, but you need to be more diligent in logging your activity and hoping that what you are doing is in their database.

    Anyway, not an essential tool as long as you are pretty active on a regular basis.

    Regarding calories in/out, it does work despite what kind of calories you are eating. There have been studies shown, though, about the sodium content of foods and the impact on weight loss (over and above impacts to blood pressure).

    You don't need to become a rabbit, but you will find the best results eating as cleanly as possible. My junk food comes during lunch because it is easy to bring some processed food but I try and eat fairly clean for breakfast and dinner.

    Good luck!

  2. I don't think the calories in/calories out is the end all be all of weight loss. It definitely is part of it, but if you only ate one huge meal a day for your total calories, I think your body will go into starvation mode and hold on to the fat. I don't think you only have to eat salad and chicken to lose weight though. Three small meals and two snacks is a good general rule to follow (if you aren't already) Since you mention hormones, I just started reading Jillian Michaels, Master you Metabolism. It talks a lot about how we eat impacts our hormones and our metabolism. It's only about $15 on Amazon and not nearly expensive as a Bodybugg. Not sure if any of this helps, it's good to see your doctor, the info above is just stuff I have seen on various sources.

  3. I chose the BodyBugg because at the time I was working out at 24 Hour Fitness and my trainer recommended it to me. I had never even heard of something like it, so I didn't realize that there were other options out there until much later.

    Even with my calories in/out, my weight doesn't exactly line up with what it's supposed to be using the BB, but it gets pretty close. I find I have more success if I measure absolutely everything. And the one time I tried to use my calories to have french fries, I ended up starving the rest of the day and was so miserable - but it taught me a good lesson I guess! It is a great way to make sure that I'm meeting my goals and it almost becomes a game to work out and move around more so I can see the calories burned numbers go higher, which is fun and motivational at the same time! But it definitely is a luxury, but a great one at that!

  4. Hi...for me to lose weight, it's portion size (and a few better choices) and consistent exercise! KEEP AT IT!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! :)