Over the past six months (since Aaron's birth) I have dieted a few times; each time losing 10 pounds and getting down to my pre-Aaron weight (which is 20 pounds higher than my pre-Peter weight). Each of these times I gave up after two weeks, but now I am ready to take it seriously.
To help with my weight loss goals I am counting calories with an iPhone app that I found (for free) called "lose it". This apps is awesome! It asks you height, weight (170), goal weight (125-what I weighed before my dad died and I started eating my feelings), how quickly you want to lose (2 pounds a week), and then it tells you how many calories you should be consuming every day (about 1,200). Then you log in everything you eat and any time you work out and it keeps track of your nutritional information, current calorie budget, etc. with a couple different charts and graphs.
I am usually a big weight watchers person when I am dieting, but this tells me so much more about the break down, nutritionally, of what is going into my body (my averages right now are about 20% fat, 55% carbs, 25% protein). In the first week I lost 4 pounds, and I really think this program will help me stick with the dieting (that along with my killer will power... Yeah right).
If I do stick to it the app says I will reach my goal mid-July... Just in time for my birthday! However, if I don't get there by then I won't be too discouraged (as long as I am sticking to the diet and work out) because my doctor warned me that after 2 c-sections it is very hard to really get back down (I still have trouble doing crunches so anything ab related has to be very low impact).
Brett is also using the app, but he is trying to gain weight. Each day his goal is to bust through the 2,300 calories that the application told him he needed to eat to maintain his weight.
Wish us luck, and we will keep you updated!