And now for something that most of you completely don't care about, but which I do.
In 2009 I lost about 25 pounds by eating less and exercising more. Hardly a Biggest Loser rate of loss, but respectable and most of it actually came in the first 6 months, after which I slacked off and maintained.
In the last few weeks, though, I've started trending upwards again so I'd like to drop another 25 from where I am now, which would place me at 162 pounds for a 5'6" guy. I didn't want to blog about weight loss last year because I didn't want it to come across as the same lame new year's resolution that everyone makes and honestly I wasn't sure if I would do it. But given how I can't seem to stay back on the wagon, I thought some kind of public declaration and tracking of my goals and habits would help me. And besides, this isn't really a new year's resolution, it's just the continuation of the one I made last year.
So once a week I'm going to check in here and post my weight and a quick rundown of what I ate each day that week. FASCINATING, I know. But again, making goals public makes you more likely to achieve them, and I'm partially inspired by the guy over on 344pounds.com who started doing this kind of thing at 344 pounds and had wild success --he's currently at 216 pounds and still dropping.
As far as how I'm going to proceed, I'm going to do what helped me drop the first 25: eating less and exercising more. Taking in less than I put out. To help do that, I'm going to again track the calories of everything I eat and I'm going to aim for working out for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. I'm using Myfitnesspal.com and the associated iPhone ap for the tracking at the moment.
So, here's the check-in for Week 1:
January 7 weight: 187 lbs.
Calorie reporting will start next week.
So, wish me luck. Or, alternatively, say "Put down the fork, fatty!" Either works for me.