So, I’m going to be the first to admit that I’ve been slacking a bit lately- on both my diet and my exercise. That said, I guess this blog is where I need to come back to and start holding myself accountable. I’ve also recruited a few friends to help on my dietary tracking (and hopefully I’ll be helping them too), and it’s good to know that they are watching it like a hawk on prey.

If you’re just catching my posts now, let me familiarize you with the way I blog. Everyday…or two I write a little blurb about what’s going on in my life: set backs,progress,challenges,schedule; and at the very end you will see something like this:

Remember you can always track my workouts at Daily Mile .

Dietary Progress: Journaling at My Fitness Pal.

Challenges: Getting in the exercise.

Today’s Planned Work Out:  Schwinn 220, at least 30mins, Pursuit- lv. 12

This is how you can follow my activity even more closely. When I workout, I try to get a post up on dailymile.com where I can track the exercise I do, post or participate in challenges, and follow my friends. Even better yet, I can sign in w/Facebook (which is super quick) and my posts can post on my wall in FB as well. Second (and really a must for people getting into the diet mode) is myfitnesspal.com. This is where daily I can track my caloric intake. It’s really as simple as signing up. You create a weight profile (your daily activity,current weight,goal weight, how much you want to lose a week) and it gives you how many calories you need to eat in one day. There is a vast catalog of foods or a place for you to enter info on the food if you can not find it. If you exercise, you get more calories to eat.  At the end of a day, you submit the info and it gives you an approximate weight that you would be at in 5 weeks if everyday you at like that. So simple and a great way to make you think about what you’re putting into your mouth. Added perks include: sharing your weight loss on FB AND there is an app (Android for sure, iPhone not positive) for your smartphone so you can track your diet on the go!

The last two items on my list are my challenges and day’s planned work out. My challenge may not change everyday, but  I want my readers to know that weight loss is a journey….there are good days and there are bad days and hopefully a few of you can gather inspiration knowing that I struggle with things too. The planned exercise is my way of telling myself “This is what you are going to do”. If I wait and tell myself…maybe I’ll XYZ today and don’t plan it, I probably won’t do it. If there is only one piece of information that I need to share it’s this: diet alone will not help you lose weight. It is a part of it, but without exercise the pounds won’t be going far.

Remember: you CAN do this, stay active, and I’ll catch you tomorrow.