During the month of December, I made a trip to see my Primary Care Physician and he noticed that I put on quite a few pounds since I was last in to see him.  I managed to gain around 15 pounds in about a three month time frame, and he wanted to help me make a change in the right direction.  If your like me, I often put my own health on the back burner and tend to the kids.  I also struggle with chronic pain and depression which doesn’t help the situation.  

I agreed with the doctor and decided that on the first of January that I would make small changes to change the way I eat.  I didn’t want to set a goal because I didn’t want to be disappointed if I didn’t meet it by the set time frame.  Instead, I am focusing on making small changes that will make a difference.  

On January 1st, I began using MyFitnessPal again and started holding myself accountable for the foods that I was putting in my mouth.  In the past, this app on my phone has helped me lose weight and I feel that it is a useful tool.  It not only helps me keep track of my food/exercise but it also hold me accountable to people I have added as friends.  

Today was the first time that I have stepped on the scale since January 1st and I wasn’t expecting to see any results.  Much to my surprise I have lost one pound.  I want this to be a life style change instead of a fad diet or an unhealthy weight loss.

The quote that I use to motivate myself: “It took months to gain the weight and I should expect to see it take that long or longer to get it off.”  A healthy weight loss goal is to lose 1-2 pounds a week. In order, to lose 1 pound you need to reduce your caloric intake by 3500 calories a week.

If you want to make small changes to achieve your New Years Resolution you should check out my blog post: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution