When my weight loss slows down and I start to get discouraged, I pull out my calculator. There are 3500 calories in a pound, so even a loss of a pound means a lot of calories burned or not eaten. It helps keep me on track.
It helps even more when you multiply 3500 times all the weight you've lost. 3500 times 28 pounds is 98,000 calories burned or not eaten!
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Use what you'd never thought you'd need after high school.
Remember sitting in Math class and wondering why you needed to know Math after high school? Especially calculus and advanced algebra? I'll tell you why you need it...
Make a budget.
Use a spreadsheet program to help you. I've made one that has tabs for each paycheck's income, expenses, savings, IRA, etc. I'm saving for this, i'm saving for that. It's good to see in black in white what's going where and it helps make sure all of the bills are paid on time (credit score)
I work out a good sweaty hard hour every day. If I decide to do more, I must up my calories. My body lets me know when it needs more fuel. But its common sense if you have a restful day, you should eat at the bottom of your calorie range. If you go hard, get up to the top of your range.
I always track everything, both food and fitness. I weigh in once a week. It is working for me. Its basic math. The trackers make it a snap to follow how you are doing with consuming and burning calories.
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