Some of you will know, others of you will be finding, out that I am back to trying to lose my excess baby weight. I received a telling off when I had my annual check-up last November that I hadn’t lost it and so finally May 1 I decided I had better knuckle down once and for all. As of this week I have lost 8lbs and am back down to 175lbs. I would like to reach 161lbs which is actually less than pre-pregnancy. Having tried a number of methods including WeightWatchers I have discovered that my original method is the best one. Where as the first time round (when we arrived in the USA) I used a program that I could use with John’s Palm Pilot, this time around I have purchased an app (well it was free) for my ipod Touch called “Lose It”. I let it know my current weight, goal weight and how many lbs I would like to lose a week, then it calculates how many calories I am permitted to eat a day. Information on everything I eat needs to be input, which does mean a lot of writing and making sure I have nutritional values on food…but it works for me. Once I have eaten something once the nutritional information is in the program so it doesn’t need to be re-input. It also means that every time I exercise (every last little walk) I wear my heart rate monitor so that I can also log the calories out. Those are the days, of course, that I can also eat a little more. Even with Kirsten’s birthday last weekend and all the cakes I baked I have managed to stay on track. Those little obstacles such as eating out may make it take that bit longer and I may only lose 1lb in a week but I’m still in the right direction. When Nora and Steve visited us last September/October I was still at 194lbs. At least I feel I’m trying. I’m never going to be a model but I’m trying to make the best of what I have.