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April 30, 2006

FitDay - Real Weight Control Results

OK, now you know a little about me and my history. I was never really heavy, just experiencing what we all do. The slow, progressive expansion of my mid-section and the addition of weight in general. I was aging. I was slowing down. I was growing!

I did all the obvious things. I dieted. I tried exercise routines. I tried different diets. I gave up. I started over again. Over a period of 20 years I basically worried about my weight gain and did little to change its steady progress. I knew I was losing the battle but the increments were slight enough that I was the only one really aware of that progress except my wife who was disinclined to comment about my slow but increasingly noticeable growth about my equator.

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I was able to get pretty good results with the Atkins Diet, and Dr. Sear’s Zone diet, and Suzanne Somers Somersizing. But they all left me with the problem of getting the last 15 pounds off and maintaining a regimen that required constant focus and deprivation. It was not how I intended to spend the rest of my life. Life is to be enjoyed!

It was my daughter who suggested I look at an on line program called FitDay.

FitDay is a fairly simple, straight-forward program that enables one to track calories consumed, calories burned, nutritional balance, and exercise. It also has program aspects that allow you to chart goals and track performance. It can be totally customized for each person.

FitDay does not champion a specific diet or healthy eating program. It provides the programming to enable you to understand what you are doing, target what you want to accomplish, and then monitor your progress and project short term results by analyzing trends. This latter aspect of the program really helped me adjust what I was doing to stay on track.

Fast-forward to today and I can say that by using the program I dropped to my final targeted weight of 155 pounds, a weight I had not seen since my days in the Army. For the last five months I have effortlessly maintained that weight.

FitDay may not be for everyone but for me it was the tool I needed to reprogram the way I approached eating. It helped me to settle in on a comfortable, long-term approach to balancing what I eat that allows me to eat anything I want in a given circumstance provided I compensate for it in other ways. That is, if I know I am going to attend a calorie rich dinner event, I can choose the counter balances before or afterwards so I am free to enjoy the event fully without guilt or remorse. This can be a special dinner or a week long vacation. I am free to live, enjoy and then return to a program that will return me to my targeted weight.

FitDay is not a diet but it did what other diets could not do. It is a weight, activity, nutrition and results-forecasting management tool. You can use all or part of it. I am sure there are other, similar programs available. The key, to me, was that it was a tool I could easily and effectively use to inform me of what I was doing. Then it was up to me to make choices of what to do to attain my goal. Using it gave me control by providing information.

My next post will go back to explain how I got started with FitDay, what I did and why it worked for me.

Posted by Ben on April 30, 2006 11:39 AM | DIGG | | furl

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