New Years Resolution, Bill Kimm, Food Log, Diet, Weight Loss

New Years Resolution, Bill Kimm

Healthier 2021: Bill Is Tracking His Food and Seeing Results

If there was ever a time to stress eat and maybe enjoy a few drinks, the first week of 2021 may have been it. But, I didn’t succumb to the temptation.

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'I lost 8 pounds! I know that’s a big number for one week, and I can’t expect that every week, but still -- I LOST 8 POUNDS! As I said last week, I know how to do this, I just need to DO it.' Join Bill, one of our WebMD team members, on his health journey:

If there was ever a time to stress eat and maybe enjoy a few drinks, the first week of 2021 may have been it. But, I didn’t succumb to the temptation.

Lloyd Bridges’ hilarious running joke from the 1980 movieAirplane!kept popping into my head this week as I officially began my journey to lose weight and get healthy. If there was ever a time to stress eat and maybe enjoy a few adult beverages, the first week of 2021 may have been it.

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But, I’m happy to say, I didn’t succumb to the temptation, and Week 1 will go down as a success! That’s not to say things went perfectly -- my exercise plan didn’t exactly take off the way I had hoped (or at all) -- but I will celebrate my wins and aim for improvement next week.

I lost 8 pounds! I know that’s a big number for one week, and I can’t expect that every week, but still -- I LOST 8 POUNDS! As I said last week, I know how to do this, I just need to DO it. It’s rewarding to see the hard work pay off.One big factor for my weight loss is I consistently log all of my food and stay under my calorie goal each day. Everything I eat and drink, even if it is zero calories, is logged (I use the app Lose It!, which I find works best for me, but there are many options out there). The moment I started gaining weight again was when I stopped logging my food, and this is for a couple of reasons. One, logging my food makes me more aware of what I am eating. You would be surprised by how much you eat without realizing it. A snack here, some chocolate there -- it adds up quickly. When I log everything, it forces me to be accountable. headtopics.com

Logging my food also forces me to be exact. I like to think I’m pretty good at eyeballing what a cup of rice looks like, or 4 ounces of steak, or a serving of chips. Fun fact: I’m not. At all. The truth is we all eat much more food than we realize. I couldn’t lose weight without a food scale. It’s nothing fancy, a simple digital scale that lets me know how much my serving is in grams or ounces. But it’s imperative because I can’t trust my eyes and stomach, as they will deceive me.

This past week, I had the privilege of speaking to one of WebMD’s doctors -- Dr. Bruni, who specializes in weight loss -- and she said something that really stuck with me. She said, “The older you get, calories are different, and the calories I consumed 10 years ago won’t be utilized in my body the same way now.” I didn’t realize this. I thought calories were calories and the less I consume, the more I will lose. But it’s not that simple. I also have to be selective in what I eat. So while logging and weighing everything is great, and a necessity, I now need to be more vigilant in WHAT I eat, not just how much I eat. That will be a challenge.

So heading into Week 2, not only do I need to continue what I’m doing, but I have homework. I need to focus more on the quality of food I’m eating, not just the quantity. More importantly, I also need to quit making excuses and start exercising! I see my friend Mark has a head start on me, so knowing that he is crushing it on his Peloton is just the butt-kicking I need to hit the pavement and start running again! This cheer dad will NOT be outdone by a softball dad!

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