In the months that I have been on my weight loss and weight maintenance journey, I’ve had many people approach me and share their stories and thoughts on weight loss. More than once, I’ve heard people express an interest in learning how I started my weight loss journey. So I thought I would explain how my personal journey began, in hopes that it might spark something in someone else.
In its most elementary form, weight loss, weight gain and weight maintenance is simple.
- Calories in + calories out = change (or lack thereof)
While the calculation may be simple, weight loss is certainly not. If it were, let’s face it, I wouldn’t be typing this and you wouldn’t be reading it.
The “calories in” part of the equation is my topic du jour. (The “calories out” part will bask in its own glory another day.)
For me, an early step was to quantify my “calories in.” Putting it matter-of-factly, you don’t know what you don’t know! Until I closely examined what I was consuming, I really didn’t know.
There are many free and paid products that can help users become aware of and quantify what they’re eating. A few of the more popular ones are the websites and apps from MyFitnessPal, SparkPeople and Weight Watchers.
I joined Weight Watchers, but at the time that I began following their program, I didn’t put any thought into which program to use. My decision was an impulsive one. I only knew that I wanted to try to shape up and I was *not* interested in dieting. (Been there. Done that. Doesn’t work.) There had been a friend who was following Weight Watchers and referred to it once it as a “lifestyle.” That apparently made an impression on my brain.
Though I can assure you that I’m receiving no compensation from Weight Watchers, I think their program is fantastic. It’s a comprehensive program that, if followed as intended, gently guides you into a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re considering starting a journey of your own, but don’t know where to begin, and even if you’re not interested in modifying your eating just yet, I would suggest examining and tracking what you’re putting into your body. After all, the first step toward change is awareness.