Hello guys. So I have a question for you. I have heard some of you use DD in the past for helping you in your weight loss goals, and wondered if any of you would be able to share things that worked for you, or things that were real pitfalls in using DD to help you towards your goals?
Here is what is going on for us. I got an early birthday/mother's day gift of a pedometer because it was on sale quite cheap. I'd been wanting one for close to a year, and we decided the splurge was worth it. It has really helped. I got one with a heart rate monitor (Garmin Vivosmart HR) so that I could see how I was doing with that as well. Well my first day was May 15th, so about a month and a half I have been doing it. Seeing the numbers on my wrist band really help. I am much more active now. I would say I was only getting about 5k steps a day before, now it says I average 13k steps a day, and that's in total since the beginning. I just started taking Sunday as a rest day the past three Sundays, and seem to be getting about 6-8k those days. It also helps to see how many minutes I've been active, and to see my resting heart rate go down over time. It's now 67 on average for resting heartrate! My first couple of days, it was so hard to get below 100, and near impossible to get below 85 and 90.
So right now this is all new to me, and I am very motivated to keep doing this, but I know a day will come when I just want to quit. I know me. I'm hoping it's a way off, but I want to prepare anyway. I want to put some rules into place. So far I haven't changed much of how I eat, but I've still lost 10 pounds as of yesterday, though I had lost none in the first month, so glad to finally see some results. I have changed my lunch to a salad at least three days a week, but that's it diet wise. I am doing changes slowly so that I stick to them. I usually jump both feet in and give up pretty quickly. I am hoping that by making a small change every 3-4 weeks, I'll be more likely to stick with it.
So... what rules do you have for yourself to help with your weight loss, or weight maintenance goals? Do you have to be active so many minutes/days a week? Do you have to reach a certain number of steps? Are you allowed cheat days if you're dieting? And what were your consequences if you cheated or didn't work out, etc? Would just love to know the things that are working for you, and maybe know about some of your pitfalls as well so that we can learn from them. :) :)