You're welcome, Rosie. I have trusted the whole "calories in/calories out" process. I don't eat perfect. I still might have something sweet now and then, but it comes out of my calorie budget so the worse the food, the less I will eat in a day. I have tried to focus on "perfect" eating but it becomes overwhelming after a while on a tight budget and meal planning for the rest of my family. It really is a learning process. When I can, I stock up on fresh produce because those are the items with the fewest calories, so you can eat more. I focus more on the quantity and balance in the quality. I started in May or June at 200 pounds. I'm 5'2". Today I'm 148. It can be a very frustrating process. There might be weeks at a time when I lose nothing, and other weeks where I shed quite a few, but it all balances out in the end. For myself, I don't drink any calories.
I noticed, too, that once I started becoming accountable for my calorie intake, the less my body required. In no time, I started becoming full/satisfied after eating a lot less than I would before.
For exercise, I have degenerative arthritis in both of my knees, hips, elbows, and back. I also have fibromyalgia. I knew working out would be my biggest hurdle. But through research, I've also learned that working out can improve the quality of life of folks who have those, and other, medical issues. I joined the local YMCA and used the treadmill. I went slow at first, maxing out at only 3.2 MPH. After a couple of weeks, I was cranking up the speed, changing up the inclines, really making myself sweat. Then I started walking outdoors in my neighborhood. Then started C25K (which I do outdoors). I am also including weights a day or two each week, as much as my joints can handle it, by doing some circuit training.
At first, working out can seem like a nightmare but if you're anything like me, the more you do it, the more you want it. Days off make me anxious and fidgety. I crave exercise. I am the type who has to constantly push myself. I seek out progression constantly to avoid boredom, even if it's something small like jogging an extra minute or two.
I'm sorry for the novel. :-) I hope this answers your questions. You're welcome to add me as a friend and private message me if you want to.
As for the ticker, hmmm...I found it by happenstance and I will see if I can find it again. If so, I'll get back to you.
| current weight: 148.0