When I first started my lifestyle change, I weighed in about once a week. I tried to do it every day, but would get frustrated when the scale didn’t change. I was super motivated - the most I had ever been to lose weight. This was the most I've weighed and I was not healthy. High blood pressure and cholesterol runs in my family, so I usually try to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Also, I am extremely competitive and wanted to beat Kyle in our competition.
I’ve tried fad diets, I’ve gone from the couch to crazy insane workout routines. I’ve also tried extremely strict diets – only lean meats, no fat, no sugar, no carbs. After several days of this I would end up being raging lunatic and go back to my normal junk eating habits and not exercise. I finally realized that I simply needed to eat less.
It does not matter WHAT you eat, it matters HOW MUCH you eat. I needed to start with something simple. I would eat all of the same food I always had, just less of it. And if I could find a way to make it healthier and still taste the same, of course, why not?
I started tracking all of my food on MyFitnessPal. I also tracked my walks/runs on MapMyFitness. They both have a website, or an App you can download on your phone. The Apps sync together, so if you go for a walk and track it on MapMyFitness, it will show the calories you burned on MyFitnessPal.
I like the MyFitnessPal App because you can scan the barcode of anything you eat and it will import the serving size and nutrition information. Also, when you exercise, it automatically adds those calories you burned to your total calories you can eat for the day.
According to my height/weight and daily activity I was allowed 1,200 calories p/ day.
Kyle was allowed 2,700 calories p/ day.