When I worked as a Weight Watchers leader I had a couple members who would come in with this weird band on their arm. I asked them what it was and they looked at me like I had a third eyeball.
One of them exclaimed, "It's the BodyBugg from Biggest Loser!"
It may seem odd, but I have never watched The Biggest Loser. So I had no idea what they were talking about. They explained that it has a sensor that reads your body. It tells you how many calories a day you burn so you can track your intake. You eat less than you burn and you loose weight.
I dismissed the gadget at the time simply because of Weight Watchers. Why would you need to spend the cash on such a thing when you can just count points?
Then I had my 5th baby and turned 35 and gained and gained. Regardless of my efforts I gained. I went back to Weight Watchers for 12 weeks and fluctuated 2lbs. Frustrated I decided to jump on the low carb band wagon. I cut all sugar and lowered my carb intake to 20 grams a day. I gained 7lbs! Hello! Wrong direction!!
In the back of my mind I remembered the BodyBugg. I thought, "Maybe my metabolism has changed and I have no idea how many calories a day I actually burn." I run and use my treadclimber, as well as lift weights. I didn't think there was any way I was eating more than I burned. I was wrong, really really wrong.
Dana M lent me her bugg for a week. In that week I realized just how much I was over eating. I decided to take the plunge and get my own bugg. I actually purchased mine on Craigslist and for $45 (a ridiculous deal! Used they typically run near $100) I was in business. It bluetooths to my phone to a free app and I can record my intake anytime, anywhere. I can also see how many calories I've burned. If I'm really wanting a particular snack and I don't have the allowance for it, I do some activity until I've earned it.
It's removed the guessing game. I no longer feel trapped into gaining all my weight back. I also don't feel trapped by running. If I can't work out today, no worries. I'll just cut back my calories and I still lose. I'm down 7lbs in 3 weeks and I have 10lbs to go to get back to my Weight Watcher's goal.
Here are a couple of my favorite things to spend my calories on:
|30 chips for 110 calories! And they are delicious!|
|Taste just like Snickers ice cream bars! But 140 cals!!|
|Yummy Chocolate! 80 cals plus fiber? Yes please!|