I been trying to lose weight since June, althought I skipped July cuz of vacation ... I been exercising and counting calories 5 to 6 days a week. I wasn't really doing too well until I got a heart rate monitor (Polar FT7), and a food scale ... now I am doing pretty good I think. And I eat whatever I want on the weekends! And no exercising on Sunday. And I'm not killing myself with HIT exercise or anything crazy. Just walking, hiking, intervals of walking/jogging or going to the YMCA
I was over eating before because the pre-set calories on all these diet/fitness websites are so far off that it's crazy. Sometimes they are a ton over or a way under. My heart rate monitor tells me how many calories I actually burn ... at first I hated the thing. I'd hike and the website would say I burned 1000 or so calories ... but my heart rate monitor said only 500 or so... UGH lol But now I love the thing! It motivates me to do more or walk faster etc when I watch my heart rate or how many calories I'm burning at the moment.
Now that I got a food scale I am eating the right portions ... Although we have a love/hate relationship lol I either weight my food or I measure it, or if something says there is 14 in a serving ... I count out 14. No cheating or lying cuz I only hurt myself.
I keep track of my calories on MFP with a food and exercise log ( http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/alska - feel free to add me) and I use MapMyFitness (http://www.mapmyfitness.com/) to tell me how many miles I walk or hike, and how long it takes me. I am now starting to jog and I use the free C25K app (http://c25kfree.com/) to do it. It teaches me to build myself up to running a 5K (3.1 miles). I am on my 3rd week of C25K :)
So far I've lost 8.2 calories since getting serious with my heart rate monitor n my food scale, and measuring my food. I think that's about a pound a week!