Friday, February 15, 2013

A Lifestyle Change

Last semester I came across a website that had a basal metabolic rate (BMR) calculator. Ashley, what do those fancy words you just used like you know somebody who knows somebody who knows something about it even mean? Well, my understanding is that your BMR is the number of calories you burn just by being. Even if you don't move a muscle all day, your body will still burn a certain number of calories and that number is your BMR. From the same website I learned how to calculate my caloric needs and I learned that in order to lose a pound, you need to create a deficit of 3500 calories.  There I go again with that complicated talk. In plain English, I mean that to lose a pound you either need to cut 3500 calories out of your diet or you need to burn 3500 calories through exercise.  

One hour of incline walking at 3.2 miles per hour
Having been overweight for most of my life, I am no stranger to diets, but after I did my research I decided that this time I was not going to go on a diet. I was going to make a lifestyle change.  And unlike the other times I was going to make it stick. For reals.  Having made up my mind, I got to work.  I started tracking my daily calorie intake on MyFitnessPal and actually using the exercise room in my apartment and...six months later I have lost 23 pounds.  

When I started my journey last year (Holy 2013, batman!) I wanted to lose 50 pounds and maintain the weight loss at a healthy weight for someone my height.  I also had the lofty goal of losing two pounds per week and being at goal by my 26th birthday this month, but unfortunately that part did not work out. I am okay with that.  

These days I am still working hard to lose the last 27 pounds. I have come to realize that losing weight is a slow and arduous process.  I am taking it day by day and trying to focus less on the number on my scale and more on how I feel and how my clothes fit.  This blog will serve to document my journey, from workouts, to meals, to outfits.  As my size has gone down my sense of accomplishment has gone up.  I am excited to  reach my goal and I hope you will follow me as I change my size, and perhaps more importantly, my life.

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