A few posts ago I asked you for tips on losing weight. Well I have not lost much weight since but I did pay a great deal of attention to your suggestions, which ran the gamut from Loving Self Acceptance to the complete avoidance of carbs. I don't know if I'm ready for such extreme behaviors, but I'm definitely ready for something.
One idea stood out among all the ideas you gave me. I have never known much about the calorie content of food. I'm French (or was) remember, and the French believe that anything can be eaten as long as it is eaten in moderation. But after parroting that sentence over the course of a lifetime, i at last realized how asinine it was, really. What the heck is moderation? A thick slice of brie on baguette can only be considered moderation in comparison to wolfing down the entire wheel and loaf, then washing those down with a bottle of Gevrey Chambertain. When is the consumption of chocolate truffles moderate. After one? two? Or is moderation devouring the content of a box in one sitting... but only once a year at Christmas? How many calories do I need to cut before i can start losing serious poundage, do I need to cut 500? 1000? How much I ingest on a daily basis? As it is, i have no idea. I think i know, I tell myself I know, but really, I don't.
And what about exercise? What is moderate? What is strenuous? Everything feels strenuous to me. How many calories am i really burning when i have sex, when I garden, when i pass the vaccuum?
Well my friends i am now no longer clueless, tanks to Jeanne of the blog Nantucket Mermaid. Thank you so much Jeanne for introducing me to myplate @ LiveStrong. This is so awesome! Myplate helps you track the calories you ingest and those you burn. You decide how much weight you want to lose (I said a pound a week) and it calculates how many calories you are allowed tat day. Then you enter everything you eat daily and it keeps a count for you. So if toward the end of the day you have gone heavy on the cassoulet, you know you better have thin soup and kick in the butt for dinner.
Maybe I am naive but I had no idea how to really do this. Cutting calories is much easier once you know what's going on.
Next, I really would love for you to sign up and 'friend' me so we can stay motivate together. It's really fast and easy (and free, and no they are not paying me to say all this.)
May I remind you ladies that bathing suit season is crouching nearby and ready to pounce on you any minute now? Come on, let's do this together! Any takers?
The images are via the sumptuous blog Beautiful Things to Share and represent a wildly idealized version of what i will never look like.