About Me!

You may or may not have seen my About Me page, but I wanted to post a little about me blurb too.  So my name is Ian and I work as a security officer but I also freelance and love writing.  That is why I thought of starting this website would be a great idea to help fuel my weight loss goals.  When planning this web site I weighed 188.5 lbs, by the time I got all of the registration issues taken care of and content started I already had dropped 3.1 lbs to 185.4.  At the time of posting this I am down 4 lbs.  My end goal is 125 lbs and I am already 5% there.  The featured image for me in this post is me between 185.4 and 184.5 lbs at a weekend airsoft event.

I also miss the outdoor activities that I used to have the time to do when I went to school, camping, hiking, geocaching, and more.  So I plan to post about my various adventures and let you enjoy them along with me.  Just maybe I will be motivated to lose the other 57 lbs.

The idea for this blog came from the idea that I enjoy writing.  I am a freelance writer and work gigs on Fiverr.com.  I also have a blog/website for my writing both professional and creative, http://iandscofield.com.  I figured what better way is there than to motivate my weight loss with writing.


 

In case you were wondering what my About Me page says here you go:

 

Hello and my name is Ian!  Many of you might be wondering who I am after stumbling upon my website.  I am just an average person who has decided to take a stand against food and lose weight but I wanted to make it public to help fuel my weight loss goals.  At the start of planning this blog I weighed 188.5 lbs, before even opening the blog to the public I was down to 185.4 pounds.  That is a 3.1 lbs drop and that is roughly 5% of my goal of losing just over 60 lbs.  I also hope that my stories help to inspire those who are having trouble losing weight to start their own path.

A little more in depth I am a security officer and most of my days at work I walk a lot.  I started to gain weight initially when I was in college but then lost over 30 lbs.  Once I started working in grocery stores and drug stores though I was quick to put the weight back on.  Having 30 minutes or less on most days for lunch didn’t help that.  My goal in life is to get into a police department or end up in another field that I enjoy.  To get into a police department though you need to be in tip-top shape this is my biggest motivation behind losing weight.  I also want to lose weight simply so it is easier to find clothes.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog posts and join me on my journey to lose that fat.

MyFitnessPal

You see that little weight tracker on the right sidebar of my website?  That is courtesy of MyFitnessPal.  When I started my journey with my Fitbit I found the food tracking options somewhat limited and felt that they could use a little boost.  That is when I tried out MyFitnessPal.  It had most of what I was looking for in one package.  It sets up a plan for me to lose weight and tracks my food intake and exercise.

What I really found joy in was the ability to sync Fitbit and MyFitnessPal.  Whenever I want to see how many extra calories I have earned to eat all I need to do is click the little sync wheel at the top of the widget (as can be seen in the below screen shot).  The Fitbit data is also used to calculate the calories you have burned more accurately in order to see if you are on track with your weight loss plan or not.  To get the most out of syncing your Fitbit you should enable negative calories in the settings menu.  This will subtract calories you can eat on lazy days and help motivate you to get up and get out more.  It also provides a more accurate level of data.

While I have yet to find it as motivating as the Fitbit friends feature I do enjoy the ability to log info straight from my home screen.  The large food database and barcode scanner also make it great.

Home Screen Screenshot
As you can see in this screenshot MyFitnessPal is located near the top of my home screen and right below that is Fitbit.

Fitbit and Weight Loss

As you may have noticed this morning a list of statistics has been posted to my blog.  This is yesterday’s Fitbit data.  Every day my blog posts the Fitbit data from the previous day to show you how I have done and give me the motivation to post better data every day.  You can also compare it to your own.

I have found that since utilizing my Fitbit to its fullest extent I have begun to lose weight and even enjoy the process of using the Fitbit.  I have the Charge HR (heart rate) which allows me to track my steps, heart rate, stairs climbed, calories burned, and more.  All of this data while not always 100% accurate is usually very close.  It gives me an idea of where I can improve.  I really like the Fitbit and the website.

Screenshot of Fitbit Stats
Fitbit daily stats as viewed from an Android device.

Since I discovered the friends function I have also had an extra level of motivation.  It’s nice to have a group of people who are also motivated to lose weight and get in better shape.  You are also able to compare your step count to theirs to show you when it is time to get up and move.

Screenshot of Fitbit Friends
Fitbit friends page as viewed from an Android device.

If you are interested in joining me on Fitbit check out my profile and add me as a friend here: https://www.fitbit.com/user/367WXD