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365 Days to a better Me.

08 September 2012

As I have mentioned in previous posts I've been working on areas of self improvement. One of these areas has been productivity by re-evaluating where my time goes. My next goal is evaluating my health and working on that area of particular interest is the subject of weight management. I began asking whether my stats are considered healthy. I used a BMI calculator to assess the basics. By inputting my weight and height, a number is revealed to be on the "healthy" scale but am breaching on the higher end of the healthy spectra. These data, from a scientific perspective, further support my need to address these issues.

So how many calories should I be consuming? According to an article on Livestrong.com, a sedentary lifestyle requires 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day. But using this calorie calculator takes into account my height, current weight, exercise frequency, age and gender. A daily value for maintenance, weight loss and extreme fat loss are generated. Therefore I am going to gauge my daily caloric intake to 1500 calories.

Over the last few weeks I have been using the My Fitness Pal app on my smartphone to track my calories. What I like about this app is the fact that I can search the database for food or utilize the bar code scanning feature. Also, seeing the calorie breakdown and daily weight loss tracker keeps me in perspective about my consumption. Since I began using this app, a "red flag" for me is sugar. Apparently, without knowing I typically consume 2 fold higher sugar daily than I need to. Identifying these items is only possible by complete honesty with myself. I actually have to record the crystal light in my drink, the cookie and latte that I get around 3 p.m. as well as the fruit and vegetables.

Next, I am working towards a healthier me by dedicating time to work out. See upcoming posts on my journey!  

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