A Guest Post from Leona Laurie
Over the last few years I’ve been gradually getting back on a fit and healthy track after a short detour into a series of bakeries. This year I decided to crank up the intensity of my efforts, expecting to see an immediate difference on the scale and in how I look. I kicked the year off by doing Kendra’s “30 Days” program in January, carried the nutrition guidelines it offers into my normal life afterwards and have been working out as many as 11 times a week all year. And somehow I’d achieved a net weight loss of zero pounds by the beginning of June.
I have been talking regularly with Kendra and with a friend who’s in the process of launching a business in holistic nutrition, and they have assured me that the quality of my diet and the intensity of my workouts seem satisfactory, so I deduced that despite feeling like I’m making good choices when I eat, I must be over-doing it on quantities. My gadget-loving brother-in-law had been telling me about the Lose It! app for a while, and I decided to give it a try two weeks ago. So far, I’m impressed.
The first couple of days gave me some big shocks. Shifting from eyeballing my food portions to actually measuring them out so I could record them accurately confirmed that I was definitely over-serving myself on the regular. It also added time and effort to meal prep and took up a lot of mental real estate. I was ready to give the app a weak review when two things happened:
- I logged my first weight loss in months.
- I started having desserts without going over my calorie allowance for the day.
One of the major issues for me with managing my diet is that I’m wired for instant gratification. If I feel like I’ve been sacrificing forever without seeing any results, I’m likely to slip. The app took the delay out of my weight loss gratification by helping me achieve results in very little time—even though they are small results so far, I can see them. It also turned my daily exercise and eating into a game wherein I can trade stepping up my workouts or opting out of second helpings at dinner for a dessert!
It’s not like the desserts I choose are ever terrible—my favorite since I started keeping track was a bowl of fresh raspberries with ½ cup of So Delicious cashew milk-based chocolate truffle ice cream on it. The difference between enjoying that now and enjoying it last month are how I feel (not guilty), and how confident I am that it isn’t undermining my efforts.
For two weeks, I’ve made choices like extending my yoga workouts, getting away from my desk to walk around more during the day and reducing my avocado, beans and olive oil intake. (Note: not at all eliminating these foods—just having less at a time.) I’ve started working harder to counteract the sedentary nature of my desk job with more active fun when I’m done working. I’m saying yes to classes I wasn’t previously making time for at the gym.
The results? I’m down 3.4 pounds so far and feeling really satisfied.
I’m so grateful to have found a tool that’s helping me take the healthy habits I’ve already established and focus them better. I’d definitely recommend this app in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular exercise routine.