I have a confession to make, although I’ve basically already said it a couple of times in different posts. Aside from my pregnancies, I currently weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life. I know that some people would still be thrilled to be the size I am (I’ve never had to go above a size 6 pants), but I am definitely not happy with it.
2019 was an extremely difficult year for me. I had a lot going on both personally and professionally. I really hate how I’ve let it get so out of hand. I’ve only had to lose a significant amount of weight once before, and still, it was only about 20 lbs.
I’ve used this particular diet then, and I am about to use it again because it just works. What is this magical diet you ask? Eating fewer calories than you burn during the day! Of course, that is so much easier to say than it is to actually do, so I have a great way to make sure I’m doing the things I need to do.
The best way to make sure you are staying within your targets and goals is to TRACK EVERYTHING! I will be using my Garmin products to accomplish this. I just got a Garmin Captain Marvel watch, which is replacing the Garmin Vivoactive 3 I have been rocking for the last while. I also have the Garmin Smart Scale, and I use the Garmin Connect app.
Tracking Food Intake
I will be tracking the food I’m eating with MyFitness Pal, but it syncs with the Garmin app. MyFitness Pal has a huge database of food you can add so you can make sure you are as close to the calories you are consuming as possible. You can also add your recipes so you can calculate the calories you are eating even when you are making items from scratch.
Counting calories can be a huge pain, and often I forget to add, so this is the main reason I’m putting this all out here. I’m opening up my Garmin Connect account so anyone can follow along and track my progress! This will help keep me accountable for sure.
Food is only half the problem though. Exercise is the other half of the equation. Garmin watches are able to track a huge variety of exercises automatically. For example, when I do a “HIIT” type workout the Garmin Connect app will list all of the different exercises I did. Like 10 Jumping Jacks, 5 Squats, etc.
Obviously, Garmin is more widely known for its GPS capabilities. Since the company is so good at GPS, the watches have been used by runners for ages. With the Garmin Vivoactive 4s (which my Captain Marvel watch actually is) I am able to track my run without my phone. I can even download music to the watch so I can still listen to my favorite songs AND leave my phone at home!
Anytime I go for a run or do an at-home workout, I track it with my watch so I can make sure I am still eating fewer calories than I am burning throughout the day.
Finally, I use my Garmin Scale (honestly, I promise this post is NOT sponsored by Garmin!) to help me track my goals. The weight and body composition stats are automatically uploaded to my Garmin Connect profile. It takes the extra steps of trying to remember to enter your weight out of the equation. If you weigh in regularly you can see how far you’ve come.
Altogether, my Garmin products are getting me closer to my goals. Please follow my progress on Garmin Connect or MyFitnessPal so you can keep me accountable! I will be updating my Instagram Stories with my progress as well, so go ahead and follow me over on Instagram @FamilyTech!
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com