Today Operation It’s That Simple started. In case you’re too lazy to click the link, basically I went on a “diet”. I don’t like to call it a diet because A) that’s a four letter word that I don’t like to use and B) a diet suggests that I am restricting myself to lose weight.
Although that is partly true, I simply see what I’m doing as making a conscious decision to put better food in my body. I’m convinced that better food is better fuel and I want to see how it can affect my running/cycling/triathlon performance.
It’s also true that I would love to lose weight in the process. I feel so much better about myself when I’m thinner, (who doesn’t?) but my primary focus is to fuel my body better and see how it affects my moods, energy level and “athletic” performance.
Me at my lowest weight since having kids, running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon
In order to motivate myself to keep on track, Julie and I decided to make a little game of things. I’ve named it the Fit Challenge. She and I have entered into a 10 week “contest” to see who can lose the highest percentage of weight.
We both weighed in today and will do so every two weeks. The winner at each two week mark will receive a $10 gift card of their choice and at the end of 10 weeks the winner will receive a $50 gift card.
Since things took a serious turn today with the contest and all, I figured I better find a way to track all my calories in and calories out. Julie told me about a site called MyFitnessPals.com. I signed up today and it’s really easy and user friendly. You can track all the calories you’ve consumed by adding foods from their database (you can also add foods of your own). You can also track your exercise to help balance your caloric intake versus output.
If you’re interested in following my daily progress at Fitness Pals you can access my online food diary here. I’ve made my diary public so anyone can look, but I’d love for you all to sign up to Fitness Pals and be my “friend”. So be sure to hit me up if you do. My username is MomSwimBikeRun.
So here it is.. My before pic in all my non make-up, let my hair dry naturally glory.
See you again in two weeks. Hey Julie, I’ll take my gift card from TJ Maxx!