I am always in a constant state of struggling with my weight. I started out at 151 a couple of years ago. I noticed that one of my favorite people had lost a lot of weight and that motivated me to start watching what I eat. I started trying to eat more healthy and started walking. I started walking two miles about 3 - 4 times a week. Over the last two years, I increased to a little over four miles a day. Weekends I try to do 5 - 6 miles. At this point, I weigh between 127 - 131. I've maintained that weight for about the last year or two. At one point I was 125, but people started saying I was too thin. I really think that had to do with the fact that I didn't have clothes that really fit me. I've finally caught my wardrobe up to my weight loss.
Recently, a friend of mine told me that he lost weight by counting calories. He talked me in to using the Livestrong Calorie counter to stay on track. He said that eating too little is almost as bad as eating too much. The biggest thing I've struggled with on calorie counting is that I haven't been able to figure out how to count my calories when my husband makes the food. Well all that is OVER!! My friend at http://definitelyleopard.blogspot.com/ found a calorie calculator online!! When you make something, all you have to do is add all the ingredients to their page and they will do the calculating for you!! Recipe calculator is the way to go. It is amazing what all you can find on the web! I've slacked on counting calories because we've been trying to cook, but that all comes to an end today!!
I like the Livestrong calorie counter because it tracks the calorie intake in conjunction with the exercise that you do. I use the endomondo app to count the calories I burn when I'm out walking. I set up challenges every month for my friends and me to see how much we exercise. It really keeps me motivated to be in a challenge with someone. I also have my exercise posted automatically to my Facebook page, so it keeps me accountable. On the days I don't work out, I've had people comment to me to find out what happened.
Overall, I've mostly limited my exercise to walking, but I'm trying to add strength training also. I got the multi-rep app on my phone, so every other day I do pushups, squats, triceps dips and sit ups. Every day the app adds to the amount I did the time before, so it is really starting to get harder. I've only been using this a little while and my husband said he can already notice the difference, so I think I'll keep this up. I'm sure this will help me tone up. I'm not as motivated to do strength training activities, so we'll see how this goes.