I am often asked what the best methods are to reach your health and wellness goals, and truth be told, there is no simple answer. Everyone is different, and everyone is motivated by different goals, reasons, and opportunities. As the Corporate Wellness Representative here at Good Measure Meals, I am in constant search of new resources to help the folks that I work with achieve their goals, whether it is weight loss, lower cholesterol, or increasing physical activity and fitness levels. I decided that many of our customers might be interested in the tools that I come across, so I am joining Ashley in the social media realm to share my discoveries on our GMM Blog. For the next two months I am going to report on my own quest for optimal health, with the help of a nifty little site I found, www.fitday.com, that allows me to track my daily caloric intake, my physical activity, journal everything from stress levels to moods, and calculate my weight goals based on BMI and the calorie deficit that I must create to get to my goals.
I am more successful when I am held accountable, so I am using this as a tool to help gauge the area’s that I need to focus on and to keep me on track (it actually lets me know exactly how many calories I can consume to get to the BMI that I want by the end of July!). There are many sites out there that can help you manage your health goals and give you tips on how to avoid the obstacles that get in your way. Find one that provides the motivation and structure that you need to make the changes and join me in my summer challenge!
So here is the challenge… Feel free to take it with me and post your challenges and success. I am giving myself 2 months to get to my ideal body weight (Based on my BMI). I advise people to aim for no more than 2 lbs of weight loss per week. More than 2lbs and there are probably negative health implications and will most likely result in only short term weight loss. I decided that dropping 13 lbs would be an acceptable goal for me; not too daunting, but enough to really make a difference in how I feel physically.
So let’s do the math (with the help of the handy dandy FITday site I found):
It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to lose one pound, so I have to either cut calories out of my diet or increase my physical activity to reach that goal. Obviously, the combination of physical activity and proper nutrition is the way to go, so I am looking to create a daily deficit of 758 calories (again the website did the math for me!). So now that I know I need to cut/burn 758 calories per day, I have a measureable goal to keep me accountable! YAY! Between my exercise and 1200 calorie Good Measure Meals, I am set to tackle this new goal!
Here are some resources that might be helpful, should you decide to take this challenge with me!
Calorie Calculator - Scroll down to visit the calculator on the GMM Website. It will suggest how many calories you should consume per day if you are looking to lose or maintain weight.
-Physical Activity Caluclator- This calculator will help determine how many calories you burn during different types of physical activity and exercise.
www.fitday.com a great FREE resource to help you manage you goals. You can insert the nutritional information from your Good Measure Meals in the custom food section, which will speed up your tracking time!
Next Step: Set your goal and join the challenge! The more support we have- the better and sharing success helps motivate others to get started! Good luck!