I'm new here. First message I ever posted. I have been doing tons of reading on here on struggles and successes and that has truly helped. I have finally started my own diet and exercise program. I have been doing weight training for a while now but not really seeing the results in the time frame I wanted. Then, decided to google some great diets out there and all I really got was confused because of so many types of diets out there. Some want balance, some say go low carb, others say fasting is the answer. So overwhelming! Then I decided to track the calories using clean food and see how many calories I should be eating a day to lose weight (once again overwhelming in the sense that I can't get an accurate number from almost any site, or so it seems). So now, with a bit of motivation, I am sticking with a program. But need to ask if I am doing this right and I need some buddies to help me out on occasion. My friends and family don't share in my goals (they encourage me though, don't get me wrong) but I want a buddy or two that I really talk too about this part of my life. So here it is. I bought CLX and am doing the weight training 3x per week. Mon-Wed-Fri. I do cardio of some sort on Tues/Thurs. Cardio is pretty intense as my heart rate is usually maxed out. Plus I walk the dogs frequently and try to get out and have at least one long walk at 3.5 mph on the weekends. I eat about 1400 cals Mon-Thurs. I have a day off on Friday where I eat what I want (within reason of course, since I don't want to waste all my hard work, estimate about 1800-2200 calories), then back on 1400 Sat/Sun. Now I just started week two and yes I am noticing now, so I think this is working for me. I am 46 of age, 5'6" and SW was 190 1.5 weeks ago. down 2 lbs since then. I have a smart phone that sends me motivational quotes daily, plus have my calendar setup on my phone for times to eat. Currently setup to 6 times per day and try not to eat past 8:00 pm as best as possible. I do workout 1st thing in the morning and walk later in the day either by myself or with the dogs. Then go on at least 1-2 power walks / week depending on this wonderful Canadian weather. So I guess the bottom line here is I need a bit of encouragement and a few friends. I simply need someone to say, hey yes Loretta you are doing the right thing and yes, we can help! I have the spirit, I have the motivation to workout, but now I need to feed the emotional and accountability piece of my goal and recent life change.
End of next week though, I am on a vacation to New Orleans. Scared because the food there I hear is just loaded with grease and carbs. I won't be exercising extreme but will be doing tons of walking. Just don't want to undo my hard work in a period of 5 days. I don't expect to lose, but don't want to gain any weight if possible. Suggestions here would be great!
Thanks for reading!
Edited by: PAGLIN at: 7/24/2013 (12:40)