This isn't my first rodeo. So I think a good idea is to review what I've tried in the past before speculating about what I'll be doing this time around. I've tried a few different diets. I was vegetarian (lost 22 lbs kept it off for 3 months), I tried low-carb (lost 35 lbs kept it off for 2 years), and I even did a very low calorie (<800 / day) liquid diet for three months (lost 55 lbs kept it off for 9 months). My natural diet is fairly unhealthy; I am tempted by fast-food, I eat late in the day, and I eat too much ( >4000 calories a day). So there is lots of room for improvement, but if the past is any indicator I need to make a consistent long-term change. I was able to maintain a low-carb diet for years, so I think that might be the way to go just because I can commit to that as a life-long change. It also has the side benefit of eliminating most fast-food while not eliminating dinning out all together. I've also had good luck using a calorie-counter to track my intake, so I'll probably be doing that as well.
I've never really incorporated exercise consistently into my routine. I'll try for a couple of weeks but I invariably injure myself and then quit. Last summer, with help and motivation from co-workers I kept up a regular activity program for almost three months. So I think I'll try that again (fair warning to Beth, Deb, Lisa and Louise!). Using activity trackers and smartphone apps really helped me stay motivated to try to be more active everyday and I hope they will again. There is also a fitness center here at SCC. I could use it. I never have, but I could. Should.
So let's talk about goals and achievement. My overall goal is to weigh 215 lbs. That's a BMI of 24.9, healthy weight. I got a long way to go so I think I'll try to come up with incremental goals/rewards to strive towards along the
So over the next few weeks I'll post about the systems that I employ (smartphone apps, activity trackers, diet, exercise, etc.) and how they help me to change my behaviors. I'll also post a weekly progress report, including as many pertinent details as I can. But since this is the first post I don't have any progress to report. I don't even have a functioning scale at home (something to work on for this next week). I did find a scale in the locker room here and it puts me at 340 (I think it might be low-balling me).