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Editor in Chic Blog: Ready for a Change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amy Scalia   
Sunday, 01 November 2009 17:58

I woke up this Saturday and realized I needed to make a change. Not just a little "I might change my nail color" kind of change, but a big, "let's move, improve and overhaul everything" kind of change.


It all started when I went to put on my workout outfit and it was tight. I have been BUSTING my butt the past few months, between my bootcamps, spinning and running, and to put on an outfit (let alone my workout outfit) that's tight is just absolutely discouraging.


So, I went to my Keep It Tight bootcamp, and went through their grueling exercises thinking about my tight workout outfit the entire time (hey, it was good motivation to work hard!). And afterward I talked to Melissa and Tawnia about my disappointment in my results. The first thing out of Melissa's mouth was "Are you eating too much?"


It was kind of an eye opener to me because I don't really care too much about what I eat - I mean, I'm not sitting around eating fried chicken and bon bons all day - because I do work out so much. So, to have that be the first question kind of came as a shock. When I couldn't answer her with a definitive yes or no I confessed that I didn't really know what was "too much."


She took me over to her computer and she asked me my weight, age, workout frequency and intensity and a bunch of other questions, and determined that my body will maintain its weight if I consume 2000 calories, will have moderate weight loss if I consume 1600 and will have dramatic weight loss if I consume 1300. She strongly encouraged me to not shoot for the dramatic weight loss because that could cause me to have a metabolic syndrome, and send my body into a starvation mode. She told me to shoot for 1600 calories.


I really don't have the time or patience to count calories, so I did a little research to help make this process a little easier. It would be a ton easier if I had an iPhone because ... as they say ... "there's an app for that." But I don't, so I found another solution: iGoogle. iGoogle is a homepage where you can access everything you need all in one glance on your web browser's homepage. You can check facebook status updates, twitter "tweets" and now I can check my calories. They have a really simple calorie counter widget that makes it easy to add items to my counter, and then I can check it at any time for a visual meter for how many calories I can (or can't) consume for the rest of the day.


Some things that will help me cut back on the calories is to sleep more and drink less. Socializing is a big part of my job, so I find myself at a ladies night trying the cocktails on special, or going to a networking wine tasting event, or taking a client out for drinks to celebrate. Melissa and Tawnia said they rarely drink, so to avoid the annoying "why aren't you drinking?" question, they get a spritzer water and lime and drink that all night. Sometimes with a splash of cranberry to give it even more of a cocktail look. I really like that idea and am looking forward to using it - and not consuming all those empty calories!


I'm also going to have to sleep more ... as I write this at 11pm when I need to be up at 5am... haha! :) No, but seriously, not only is lack of sleep negatively affecting my metabolism, but it also causes me to get fancy coffee drinks at Starbucks. And my iGoogle calorie counter is definitely not a fan of my favorite s'bux drinks! eek! I had no idea!


So, check back soon to see if I'm still on track to make this big change!


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Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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