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Time to shed some of the extra baggage

Posted: January 06, 2008 in Misc

Now that the holidays are behind us, and now that the office parties (on one day we even had two!) are over, it's time for Jess and I to buckle down and get serious about our weight. We've both started logging our food on a website called nutridiary.com (free) and it's allowed us to monitor our calorie intake, as well as our levels of vitamins and minerals.

I started off on Jan 2 at a weight of 196 lbs, and with a goal weight of 180. While my "official" weigh-in day is tomorrow, I snuck a peek at the scale this morning. 192 so far, and that was after breakfast (if only I could remember to weigh in BEFORE eating). I think it's working well, and oddly enough, I'm actually having trouble making my calorie minimums for each day. I often find myself having a pre-bedtime snack, just so I'm not too far under (if you eat too little, you can actually slow down your metabolism and it becomes even harder to lose weight).

The cool thing about nutridiary is that if you are below your minimum, you can look at the graphs and see exactly what you're behind on for that day. Two days ago, I was around 300 cal below my minimum, but I was also behind on calcium and fiber. A bowl of cereal was the perfect answer, as the cereal had the fiber, and the soy milk had the calcium. After the bowl, I was 10% over on fiber and 20% over on cal.

Pretty cool, eh?

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