“By the beginning of 2009 I realized that something needed to be done. We had just returned from a fantastic trip to Jamaica with the entire family, staying at an all-inclusive resort. All-inclusive is code for ‘eat and drink everything in sight,’ and I heartily did just that,” David Alison blogs.
“As I reviewed the pictures taken during the trip I was shocked to see how much weight I’d put on over the years. At 45 years old my steady diet of junk food and extremely half-hearted attempts at exercise had converted my body into an awkward pear shape,” Alison writes. “A professional career of driving a computer everyday meant ready access to snacks and little natural exercise other than pounding away on a keyboard.”
“The stats weren’t pretty: at 5’11” I weighed in at 206lbs, solidly into the overweight category,” Alison writes. “I wasn’t sleeping well because I snored loudly and suffered from mild nighttime apnea; after lunch I nearly always needed (though didn’t get) a nice long nap. Instead I pumped my body full of coffee and soda to get through it. I was up to size 38 pants and XL shirts, and worst of all my blood pressure was running as high as 153/80. My doctor told me that I would need to get on blood pressure medication soon.”
Alison writes, “It was a new year so I set a very specific goal for myself: I would get down to 175lbs by my 46th birthday in June. That 31lb drop would put me at the weight I was when I met my lovely wife back in 1985, a weight I hadn’t seen on my scale in 23 years… What I found out about myself was that I was highly motivated by seeing my goal weight and every few days checking on my current weight to see how I was progressing against that goal. I had read some good reviews of Weightbot and figured that since I had my iPhone with me all the time it would be a good tool for helping me track my progress.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack: Most people’s problems generally start with the portions of food they are consuming. The portions that many people with weight issues are way too big for what their body needs; just way too many calories for what they’re burning (and too much of it is carbs and sugars). Human beings are just not designed to sit around all day eating pastries. Cut down the portions, stop the needless snacking, eat nutritional foods and you’ll lose weight. Exercise along with that and not only will you feel better, the weight will fly off. iPhone apps can be great motivational tools. What are your favs?
SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section who, among other things, basically described the iPhone on December 10, 2002. He also plays The Beautiful Game twice weekly and runs 20+ miles per week.