I didn't do it by giving up everything. I still enjoy having the occasional soda, junk food and just about everything else that might be considered 'forbidden', but I've learned to limit those items, and when I do have them, I have to pay my body back by working it off through exercise. That's my commitment to myself, my commitment to feeling good, and it's really changed my life.
iFitOne was created to help you easily track the basic categories of what your eating and your activity, to do it every single day, and to quickly see how you've been doing and keep you inspired to keep at your goals.
I can't stress enough the importance of simply keeping a log of what you're doing every day. If you decide to do this on paper or with some other weight loss tracking software, that's fine too.
By committing to recording your exercise and food consumption each and every day, you're made much more aware of what you're doing to your body and whether what you're doing is in line with your weight loss and fitness goals.
I used this very simple idea to take off quite a bit of weight and continue to use it today to maintain this loss 7+ years later.
I was never an athlete. I'm still not and I'm far from a health-food junkie.
What I am is someone who wants to stay in shape and feel great every day for the rest of my life. So I continually look for challenges to keep me interested in exercise. I try new foods, new exercise classes. Above all, I keep track of what I'm doing every day to keep fitness at the top of my mind so that I never let myself return to where I once was.
I started out struggling to run one mile, slowly managed to build up to a 5k run, then a marathon, then to cap it off, participated and finished the ultimate challenge of an Ironman triathlon (Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles).
In April 2008, I was a finalist (came in a close second) in a local 'Fittest CEOs' fitness challenge. From my experience, it really seems that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and keep trying to stick to your goals.
As of Fall 2008, I've completed seven 26.2 mile marathons, and I keep getting faster with each one of them.
In the summer of 2009 I was again a finalist in the Milwaukee Business Times Fittest CEO/Executive challenge, I didn't win, but I still had a great feeling of accomplishment.
Does it get any easier once you've lost the weight?
I don't consider it to be much easier, it's a different kind of challenge.
Every day, I still focus on trying to eat more good food and stay away from the fatty stuff. I'll forever know just how good a package of M&M's tastes, or these amazing 'Wine Gummis' that I found on a trip to Europe, and there's simply no way I would cut out the items I really enjoy. I just know that I can't have them all the time, and on those days that I indulge just a bit too much, I'll make up for it with a little more exercise the next day.
If you've struggled to lose weight in the past, are tired of dieting, want to look better in your swimsuit, whatever the reason might be, commit yourself to keeping track of what you eat (every day) and push yourself to get some activity.
It's so much easier to stick to a simple plan that it is to follow some complex diet monitoring program where you get frustrated and eventually quit.
A nice comment from a happy iFitOne customer:
"I purchased iFitOne after using the trial for several days. I really like the approach the application takes, in a dead-simple way to become conscious of portions and activity, without having to do a lot of typing or scrambling to add new foods to a database with the exact calories, fat count, etc. Thank you for creating this unique application!" - Julio O.
I wish you all of the best success in achieving your weight loss and fitness goals!
Try iFitOne and see how it can help you keep track and stay motivated to reach your goals. The nice thing about iFitOne is having it with you wherever you are to quickly update your daily log. The friendly reminders can also help keep you on track until it becomes an automatic part of your daily routine.
Thank you for reading and letting me tell you my story.
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Ever think you could run a marathon? No?
Even if you've never done any running, I strongly urge you to watch "Marathon Challenge".
This is one incredible story, and whether or not it's for you, I think you'll truly enjoy watching the video, get inspired, and see that almost anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
The question is: "Can a group of sedentary non-athletes be transformed in nine months into a team that can complete the Boston Marathon?" Watch the video