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Weight loss in progress--finally!

I was a big fan of The Biggest Loser for the last 2 seasons and it really hit home with me on several fronts. It was so bad to watching people losing weight as I chowed down on a bag of cookies. I was turned on by what they referred to as the "body bug" and thought it would be interesting to really measure what kind of calories I'm burning with the various activities I do now.

Bodymedia is the company that owns these devices now. I got mine a few weeks ago and I've been blown away. Here it is in action (and, yes, call me a FYFF whore since this picture number 2--sue me!)...

Bodymedia

I pretty much wear it everyday, all day long. I find it tracks my calorie burn very well and it's been eye opening to see what it captures between walking, running, biking, etc. Walking alone is a major calorie burner for me because it's a solid and constant burn. If I run, the calorie burn is 2-3X higher.

Then comes calculating what calories I'm putting in my mouth--wow. It's no wonder why I've gained over the years. It's been insane. I thought it would be hard to track the calories, but it's been pretty easy with the web interface. My goal is to always burn more calories than what I take in and I've met that goal the past 3 weeks with flying colors. I'm not on any special diet. I'm simply moderating what I eat and how much throughout the day. My digestive it also a whole lot happier--best it's been in years. I've also eliminated high fructose corn syrup from my diet as well and I'm okay with that (for more than one reason).

I started at 180 pounds and my goal is 155 (I'm 5'8" and weight 140 pounds all through college). After 3 weeks I've already lost 7 pounds. :) My belt is starting to get loose and I'm about to take that in another notch soon. If I can get back into my 34W Levi's, I'll be happy their too.

This is definitely one aspect of my life I've been wanting to change for a long time and I'm very proud of what I've accomplished so far. This has not been nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Best of all, no special diets.

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geometrician
Dec. 19th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I was thinking about getting one of these last year, and now you have me intrigued once more.
snowboardjoe
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
It really arms me with some good information. Because I'm a geek, I took to it pretty well. :p It definitely motivates me to be more active to meet my calorie burn goals, but also motivates me to reduce the crap that I do eat and keep my calorie intake down. It just works for me. I'm curious to see what happens during a real aerobic workout, but I'm not prepared for that until I get my shoulder in shape. :(
geometrician
Dec. 19th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
So is there some difference between this GoWear device and the BodyBugg device? The BodyBugg seems to still be available, and the $199 price includes six months subscription (instead of 1 month with the GoWear) and the continuing subscription is $9.95/month (instead of $12.95 for the GoWear). There seems to be such restricted information from the retailers on either device, that it is difficult to compare them.
snowboardjoe
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I believe they are all the same now (same company, that is). I forget who bought who. The device I'm wearing is the GoWear, but Bodymedia bought them out I think. They should be the same devices though. I bought mine via Amazon. If you subscribe for a year the monthly cost is $6.95 for the online services. I think mine cost $180, but I did get the extra display device which I definitely use when I'm working out.
paterson_si
Dec. 19th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Guess I should get me one of these......

And, yes, YAY for FYFF #2. :)
snowboardjoe
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
And why do you think you need one of those? You look like a handsome, healthy and stocky guy. :)
paterson_si
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Too stocky, even. :)
bear_left
Dec. 21st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
You're not the only bear who'd like to get into your 34W Levi's... >:)

(Sorry, I couldn't resist! And I can't believe no one beat me to that line)

Seriously, though, congratulations -- I'm very happy for you, and I'm also listening closely. I'm working through why I've wanted to lose weight for literally thirty years, but I've only made brief, fleeting progress along the way. One of the most obvious issues is that I've been very reluctant to keep track of what I eat, and well, without doing that, I doom myself to making no progress. So I'm not only proud of you, but very interested to learn more about this gadget.

snowboardjoe
Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
So far, it's really been one of my best decisions. It really shows me HOW to manage calories (both burning and consuming). It's been very enlightening to see how I can really make some good changes to get things under control.

The deice itself is pretty sophisticated. They claim there is no more than a 10% error with it s calculations of calorie burn. I can see up to the minute in the graphs where I walked, where I ran, where I had to stop at an intersection for traffic..., it's pretty sensitive.

One of the biggest things I've learned is the simple act of walking (a good pace, not leisurely) really burns more calories than people might think. Just doing that 30 minutes/day can really make a difference.
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