- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
This post is mostly to get my thoughts out on different methods I’ve used in an attempt at dropping my 25 lbs. I’ve come back to one method this week that seems to ‘do it’ for me simply becuase: I am a numbers person and I love detailed planny plan plans. HOWEVER, somehow I manage to overwhelm myself when it comes to diet and exercise (and an overall healthier lifestyle) and I’ve found Sparkpeople to be the simplest with just enough #’s, graphs, and motivation to suit my detail oriented brain.
I’m 5’7″, 163 lbs, trying to get to about 137 lbs with 25 lbs that have been clingy for life for the last 5 years.
Over those 5 years I’ve tried: Personal trainers (online and in person), Body For Life (it’s good, but I can’t do the “free meal” thing without over doing it), CalorieCount.com (again it’s good, but somehow I overwhelm myself with all the statistics and whatnot), Bodybuilding.com (this is a great site, I’m just not there yet, the motivation stories are great though), Sparkpeople (I’ve used this before when it was still in it’s infancy).
Now, I’ve tried these methods several times, they work for about a week until I lose interest in tracking everything on the website. Recently, I went back to the Sparkpeople page and holy moly! I submit my food likes/dislikes, and how much exercise I’m doing (or plan to do) and viola…instant meal plans with a shopping list for a week (and these are foods I will actually eat, cuz I’m kinda picky) and an exercise regimine that I can develop over time. It’s just SIMPLE.
I’m not looking to drop 25 lbs just becuase…I want to drop 25 lbs becuase I want to be healthy and not feel so “frumpy”.
What do you think of Sparkpeople or the other methods I’ve mentioned above?
What’s your motivation to drop the weight?
What methods have worked for you as a permanent way to lose weight?